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TDA490 - Interaction design - graphical interfaces
 
Owner: ITMDI
6,0 Credits (ECTS 9)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 37 - COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING


Teaching language: English
Maximum participants: 45

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0103 Project 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c    

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TDESA INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING - Interaction design, Year 4 (compulsory)
ITMDI HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION - INTERACTIONDESIGN, Year 1 (compulsory)
TITEA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Software development and management, Year 4 (elective)
TITEA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Data communication, Year 4 (elective)
TITEA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Embedded systems, Year 4 (elective)
TITEA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Interactive simulations, Year 4 (elective)
TITEA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Bioinformatics, Year 4 (elective)
TITEA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Interaction design, Year 4 (compulsory)
TDATA COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Interaction design, Year 4 (compulsory)
TDATA COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Interactive simulations and games, Year 4 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Staffan Björk



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

A basic course in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), 5p, or equivalent.
Knowledge of object-oriented programming (Java) is useful but not required.
Knowledge of the creation of web pages is useful but not required.

Aim

The course aims to give a basic understanding of central problems regarding the design of screen-based and pixel-based interfaces, including methods and practical training in designing these.

Content

Interaction design is about forming the interaction between people and objects in which information technology is a central component. As computation technology becomes an increasingly important material also in the design of our everyday things and environments, we need a comprehensive view on design with respect to both users and technology. This makes interaction design an area of growing importance in systems development, as well as in industrial and product design.

Interaction design is about forming the interaction between people and objects in which information technology is a central component. As computation technology becomes an increasingly important material also in the design of our everyday things and environments, we need a comprehensive view on design with respect to both users and technology. This makes interaction design an area of growing importance in systems development, as well as in industrial and product design.

Organisation

Screen-based graphical interfaces are a central part of the interaction with computer-based systems and products. The course gives an overview of different types of problems related to the design of such interfaces. Central problems include, but are not limited to, the interrelationship between the graphical surface and the temporal structures that different interaction patterns create, how different displays (e.g. ordinary computer screens or the smaller displays of mobile phones) and input devices (e.g. keyboard, joysticks) affect the design of an interface as well as issues of visualizing and presenting information.

The course is based around a series of projects and exercises within the area, and aim at giving practical experience with designing prototypes for interfaces. Tutoring is an important part of this. Most of the work is carried out in groups but at least one project is run individually. The practical parts are complemented with lectures and workshops.

Literature

Tufte, E. R. Envisioning Information. Graphics Press, UK, 1990.
A collection of relevant papers on selected topics.

Examination

Written and oral presentation of project.
Grades: U, 3,4,5.


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