sem7 HCI. Master of IT. 2000

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Human Computer Interaction and communication


  • To give the students understanding of the communication process between user and computer, with focus on graphic user interface.
  • to give to students knowledge to apply theories, methods and techniques for evaluation and design of computer user interaction
  • to give the students understanding of different problem areas in connection with integration of various information channels.
  • This 1 module PE (project unit) course is placed during semester 2 of the Aalborg University open Master of IT education.
  • Overall issues on psychlogical/cognitive, perceptual and communication aspects of HCI.
  • Principles and methods for evaluation and design of graphical user interfaces.
  • Advanced multimodal user interfaces
  • Integration and interpretation of information from different modalities
  • (VRML, using Virtual Reality Markup Language models)
  • The course supports the project work and is evaluated together with the project work.
    Further reading
  1. "Usability Inspection Methods" (eds. Nielsen J, Mack R., L.), 1994. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (413 pp.)

  2. Rubin J., 1994 " Handbook of Usability Testing : How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests (Wiley Technical Communication Library). 36 us$. Paperback - 330 pages (April 1994) John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471594032

  3. Nielsen J, 1994, "Usability Engineering ($30.99). Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. (Paperback - 362 pages)

  4. " Jakob Nielsen's Website, usable information technology".
  5. 'Recommended Other Websites'.

  6. Ask Tog. 'The following principles are fundamental to the design and implementation of effective interfaces, whether for traditional GUI environments or the web.'

  7. Usability Special Interest Group.


Friday March 10, 2000.
Lecture/discussions 13.00 - 16.30
Fredrik Bajer Vej 7, Aalborg University.
Prof. Per Christiansson

Human Computer Interaction, HCI, and Multimedia history and development.
HCI design and evaluation
User Models
Visit to VR-Center North (14.00 - 16.30)


Friday February 10, 2000.
Lecture/discussions 17.00 - 18.00.
Fredrik Bajer Vej, Aalborg University.
Assoc. Prof. Lars Bo Larsen.

Usability Engineering.
Multimodal communication.

3. VRML, Virtual Reality
Modelling Language, and VR

Friday March 10, 2000.
Lecture/discussions 13.00 - 16.30
Fredrik Bajer Vej 7, Aalborg University.
Prof. Per Christiansson

VRML, Virtual Reality Modelling Language.
VR, Virtual Reality, references

Per Christiansson