COMPX539-23A (HAM)

Usability Engineering

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science

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What this paper is about

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This paper covers the design and evaluation of interactive computer systems with a focus on user studies. Topics covered include: designing and performing user studies, usability inspection methods, ethnography, automated usability evaluation, accessibility and the ethical issues involved in studying/designing user experiences.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/


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How this paper will be taught

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The scheduled classes will involve a mix of lectures/workshops and activities. Attendance at all scheduled classes is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class. You are responsible for all material covered in class.
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Required Readings

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Readings are provided in Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Design, perform and report on a practical user-based software evaluation task [WA1, WA2, WA4, WA8, WA9]
    Linked to the following assessments:
    User Study (Group project with individual components) (3)
  • Identify major techniques for designing and evaluating systems involving user-interaction [WA1]
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Usability Tools Report (2)
    User Study (Group project with individual components) (3)
    Method Application 1 (4)
    Method Application 2 (5)
  • Recognise how ethical issues impact on user-based evaluation activities and defend the use of particular evaluation techniques [WA1, WA7]
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Report of Participation in a User Study (1)
    User Study (Group project with individual components) (3)
  • Select appropriate design/evaluation tools and techniques - justifying their relevance for particular tasks [WA1, WA2, WA5]
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Report of Participation in a User Study (1)
    Usability Tools Report (2)
    User Study (Group project with individual components) (3)
    Method Application 1 (4)
    Method Application 2 (5)
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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If you are enrolled in a BE(Hons), samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.

Each assignment includes specific requirements and has a marking scheme. All assignments are to be submitted as PDF files via Moodle (unless specified otherwise).

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Report of Participation in a User Study
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Usability Tools Report
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. User Study (Group project with individual components)
23
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Method Application 1
24
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Method Application 2
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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