LTAT.05.007 Human Computer Interaction
General course information
The course will be held entirely online and all course material and assignments will be distributed via Moodle. During the course you will take 3 individual quizzes and you will form teams of 4 students and work on a common project. The course language is English.
Link to Moodle course: https://moodle.ut.ee/course/view.php?id=8456
- Alexander Nolte (alexander.nolte at ut.ee)
- Maria Angelica Medina Angarita (maria.medina at ut.ee)
- Katsiaryna Lashkevich (katsiaryna.lashkevich at ut.ee)
- Radka Nacheva (radka.nacheva at gmail.com)
Dates and activities
Lectures: The first lecture will be streamed live via Zoom on Friday, February 10 starting at 10:15. The link is available in Moodle. During this lecture we will explain all organizational aspects of the course in detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. A recording of the lecture will be available soon afterwards. For the remainder of the course we will provide shorter instructional videos about methods and concepts you will use during the course as well as additional materials. There will be no new materials released on Estonian Independence Day (24.02.) and good Friday (07.04.). The topics we will cover are:
- Foundations of HCI - (human, computer, interaction) (17.02.)
- Design thinking (03.03.)
- Design and creativity (10.03.)
- UI design - data gathering (17.03.)
- UI elements and guidelines (24.03.)
- UI design - data analysis (31.03.)
- Mobile and web design (14.04.)
- Prototyping & prototyping tools (21.04.)
- Usability, UX & Heuristics (28.04.)
- User testing (05.05.)
- Industry lecture by Dolores Mäekivi - Senior UX Researcher at Pipedrive (12.05.)
Workshops: We will hold live workshops via Zoom on each of the following dates. Zoom links will be available in Moodle. During the workshops we will announce upcoming assignments, provide feedback for previous assignments and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. All workshops will be recorded and will be available in Moodle afterwards:
- 06.03. - 08.03.
- 20.03. - 22.03.
- 03.04. - 05.04.
- 24.04. - 26.04.
- 08.05. - 10.05.
Please check for your respective workshop in OiS:
- Workshop 1: Monday 12:15 - 13:45, Radka
- Workshop 2: Monday 12:15 - 13:45, Maria
- Workshop 3: Monday 14:15 - 15:45, Maria
- Workshop 4: Monday 14:15 - 15:45, Katsiaryna
- Workshop 5: Tuesday 12:15 - 13:45, Katsiaryna
- Workshop 6: Tuesday 12:15 - 13:45, Alex
- Workshop 7: Wednesday 14:15 - 15:45, Radka
Consultation sessions: We will hold a 30 minute individual consultation sessions for each team during the semester after the submission of the interview guide (between 15.04. and 21.04.). Exact times and dates will be fixed via Doodle. The respective link will be available in Moodle. Participation is highly encouraged but it is not mandatory for teams to attend in full. For each team only one member should select their desired time. Please only select one option.
We will also open a discussion forum in Moodle each week so that you can ask questions and discuss lecture content and assignments. For further questions you can also send Maria, Katsiaryna, Radka, or Alex a private message or email.
Assignments and grading
The grading will be based on the following items:
- 3 individual quizzes (15 points)
- Team project (85 points)
- Continuous reports (65 points)
- Final prototype (20 points)
The resulting score will be mapped to the following grades:
- A: 100 – 91
- B: 90 – 81
- C: 80 – 71
- D: 70 – 61
- E: 60 – 51
- F: 50 – 0
A grade higher than F (more than 50 points) and the submission of all reports and the final prototype are required to pass the course. For assignments that are handed in after the presented deadline 50% of the points will be deducted per day. There is no option to redo assignments, project reports or resubmit the software prototype.
All your submissions will be checked by Urkund for plagiarism. Please make sure your submissions are original work and with citation and referencing done according to the rules and regulations of the University of Tartu. You can read more about this topic here: https://www.ut.ee/en/current-students/academic-fraud
Quizzes: There will be a total of three quizzes which will open on Friday mornings (17.02., 24.03., 14.04.) They need to be taken individually until the following Wednesday at 6am Estonian time. You can only take each quiz once so please make sure that you are in an unobstructed space and have a stable internet connection.
Report submission: There will be a total of 5 report submissions. The exact assignment for each report will be announced during the workshops. Reports are typically due one week after the workshop on Wednesdays at 6am Estonian time. For the last report you will have two instead of one week.
On successful completion of this course, students will able to:
- Understand the basics of human perception, memory and information processing.
- Understand the basics of computer input and outputs devices along principles of UI and UX design.
- Identify and deploy suitable methods to identify user needs and turn them into interface concepts
- Turn concepts into prototypes.
- Identify and deploy suitable methods to evaluate user interfaces and iteratively improve them.