INF 385P 
Introduction to Usability 


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DateDayTopicsDue at the beginning of class
1/201

- Introduction: What is usability engineering?
- The context of usability.
- Course logistics, and syllabus review.

Day 1 ppt

1/272

- Norman book
- Mental models

Day 2 ppt

- Read Norman book.
- Read Markman and Gentner article.
- One example each of good and bad design.
2/33

- The science and practice of usability
- Perception and cognition

Day 3 ppt

- Read the Carroll article and the Olson and Olson article.

2/104

- Lab visit: SBC
- Host: Phil Kortum, Bob Bushey
- Method: Needs analysis

Day 4 ppt I (Needs Analysis:Design through Discovery by Phil Kortum, Bob Bushey)

Day 4 ppt II (User Needs and User Profiling by Phil Kortum, Bob Bushey)

- Read Chapters 1 - 6 in the Mayhew book.
2/175

- Kate McLagan, How to make a presentation; advocating for your usability data

Day 5 ppt (Presentation Skills by Kate McLagan)

 
2/246

- Lab visit: UT Usability Lab
- Hosts: Bias, and John Slatin
- Methods: End-user testing, Accessibility testing

- Read Chapters 7 - 17 of the Mayhew book.

 

3/37

- Class presentations on white papers.

- White paper on a topic in the science of usability.
3/108

- Lab visit: BMC Software
- Host: Scott Isensee, Eugenie Bertus
- Method: Prototyping.
- Method: Bridge Methodology.

3/24

9- Game interfaces
- Aaron Thibault, IC2
- Shannon Lucas, on some work we've done for Ion Storm
- Test plan for project. (Test Plan Tempate)
3/31 10

- Panel discussion of local usability professionals

4/711

Workshop - We'll help each other with our usability evaluations. Run as test subjects. Review test plans. Review test reports. Whatever.

 
4/14 12

- Discount usability engineering methods

- Read Chapters 18 - 21 of Mayhew book.

4/2113Oral presentations of projects- Written projects
4/2814Oral presentations of projects
5/515Oral presentations of projects

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Last Updated: March 23, 2005