User-Centered Research and Evaluation (UCRE)

Course Number: 
05-410 / 05-610
Semester and Units: 
Fall and Spring: 12 units
Course Description: 

This course provides and overview and introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). It introduces students to tools, techniques, and sources of information about HCI and provides a systematic approach to design. The course increases awareness of good and bad design through observation of existing technology, and teaches the basic skills of task analysis, and analytic and empirical evaluation methods. This is a companion course to courses in visual design (05-650) and software implementation (05-630, 05-631). Course is open to undergrads and graduate level non-hci majors. Sophomores must get permission of the instructor.

*Note on scheduling: 

UCRE involves both lecture and extensive practice opportunities. Typically, lectures occur on Wednesdays with the associated practice session happening in the lab section on Monday. However, there are some weeks in which both days are needed for lectures, and some weeks in which both days are needed for more extensive practice. Therefore, lecture and lab sections are reserved on both days, but will never overlap.