Last update 8/28/02
Readings posted are those that you are expected to do before the
Monday class that occurs on that date. It will be assumed that you have
read the assigned readings and are able to discuss them and build on them
for the in-class activities.
S. Dray. The Importance of designing usable systems. interactions 1995 2(1) pp 17-19. http://www.dray.com/articles/usablesystems.html
D. Orenstein. Is software too hard to use? Computerworld: August 1999 (re'printed' in CNN) http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9908/25/easyuse.ent.idg/
Katie Hafner. Comforts of Home Yield to Tyranny of Digital Gizmos NY Times: April 28, 2002. (free registration required) Also available at: http://www.longdistanceconnection.com/artdigitalgizmos.html
J. Nielsen. Usability Engineering. Chapter 1: Executive Summary. pp 1-21
C. Rowland Usability Matters. Webreview. March 10, 2000.
Assignment 1a due 9/16 (NB. if you have big problems getting
volunteers email me)
This consists of various short relevant articles. Read those that look interesting to you. Pay particular attention to the ones in bold (those that have been most popular). Be prepared to summarise and explain the readings in class (different people will have chosen different articles to study).
Assignment 1b: choose your site by 9/18
P.J. Lynch Web Style Guide info.med.yale.edu/caim/manual
Select appropriate chapters that will help you with your assignment. Split the reading with other group members
Browse through these and choose a couple to study more closely
Additional resources about the mechanics of creating web pages
Assignment 1b Version 1.0 due 9/30
Nielsen Chapter 3
Assignment 1c due 10/7
C. Lewis & J. Rieman Task-Centered User Interface Design: A Practical Introduction. Forward & Chapter 1
Group response to 1c comments due 10/14
Nielsen Chapter 5
M. Levi & F. Conrad. A Heuristic Evaluation of a World Wide Web Prototype. Interactions 1996 3(4) 51-61.
Improved version(s) of assignment 1b in the light of the 1c comments
should be posted by 10/21 at the latest
Lewis & Rieman 4 (omitting 4.2).
D.E. Rowley and D.G. Rhoades The Cognitive Jogthrough: A Fast-Paced User Interface Evaluation Procedure. Proceedings, CHI `92. 389-395.
Assignment 2a due 10/28
Nielsen Chapter 6
Lewis & Rieman Chapter 5
Assignment 2b due 11/4
Lewis & Rieman Chapters 2 & 3
Nielsen Chapter 4
Assignment 2c First version due 11/11
Nielsen Chapter 7
M.B. Butler "Getting To Know Your Users" Interactions 1996 3(1) pp23-30
Presentations of prototypes
Assignments 1b & 2c Final Versions due 12/18
Assignment 3 due 12/20