I also expect that in pursuing the topics of interest to you that you will do some additional background reading. What you choose to read depends on both the topic and the information sources available to you within the time constraints of the course.
Most readings are available online. I will include links to them.
Many are accessible from the ACM Digital library.
To gain access to this, you have to go in via the special UIUC entrance so that you
can be authenticated as a UIUC student.
In addition, certain readings are available from the GSLIS library electronic reserves.
In addition you need the two books below.
tentative schedule for the readings
You really need these two:
Jakob Nielsen (1994) Academic Press ISBN 0125184069
Trouble With Computers : Usefulness, Usability, and Productivity
Thomas K. Landauer (1996) MIT Press ISBN: 0262621088
If you are very keen and interested, these are also well worth reading:
Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
Jakob Nielsen (1999) New Riders Publishing; ISBN: 156205810X
on Software Design
Bruce Tognazzini (1995) Addison-Wesley ISBN: 0201489171
Tog on Interface
Bruce Tognazzini (1992) Addison-Wesley ISBN: 0201608421
Design of Everyday Things
Donald A. Norman (1990) Currency/Doubleday; ISBN: 0385267746
Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Jakob Nielsen (2000) New Riders Publishing. ISBN: 156205810X
Usability Engineering: Scenario-Based Development of Human-Computer Interaction
Mary Beth Rosson & John M. Carroll (2001) Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN: 1558607129
We will be looking at various readings from the Journal "IEEE Software". This is also accessible via the University of Illinois Digital Library. This will allow you to see the figures in colour.
We will also be looking at various articles from a journal called "interactions". This journal is published by the ACM and is well worth reading. We now have an online subscription to the ACM Digital Library. This is accessible directly or via the LIS Library Express Links web page . Note that you have to go via that web page (click on 'ACM') so that the ACM know that you are part of UIUC. If you are using a non-UIUC networked machine, you will have to provide your UIUC netid and password. Note also that once in the ACM DL, "interactions" is filed under "magazines". Great usability, huh?
We will be looking at a whole bunch of resources on the web.
More on this later, but in case you are interested or want to get a feel for what the course is about, here are some of them: