Introduction to Human Computer Interaction (HCI) (Winter 2019)

Instructor: Ellie Harmon | MW 12:45-2:35 | CRN: 45784 + 45786

This will be the website for the Winter 2019 offering of this class. It is still under construction and all contents are subject to change. As many parts of this site are still empty, you may want to review the website for the Winter 2018 offering to get an idea of what to expect in the course.

This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of human-computer interaction (HCI), more often referred to as “User Experience” in industry and professional contexts. It will expose you to a wide variety of research and design techniques through a team-based human-centered design project. By the end of the quarter you should have material of appropriate quality for including in a portfolio to demonstrate your experience with HCI/UX.

You will not become a UX expert in a single 10-week course, but you will leave this course with a better understanding of what skills you might wish to develop further on your own or in future coursework. The larger goal of the course is to help you understand how, when, and why HCI/UX expertise can contribute to technology design and development.

There are no pre-requisites for this class. All students are expected to be prepared to read and write at the college level, and should be willing to learn new things! There will be no programming in this class.

Note: This text is slightly revised from: https://www.pdx.edu/computer-science/cs-410510-top-introduction-to-hci