To-Do List / HCI Exam Meeting Schedule

To-Do List: 

  1. re-do website by topic (listed on home page) and re-organize topics

Meeting Schedule:

October 22:  Carroll book

Carroll, J. M. (Ed.) (2003). HCI Models, Theories and Frameworks: Toward a Multidisciplinary Science. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann publishers.   ISBN: 1-55860-808-7.

This collection of tutorial articles is an appropriate survey for the graduate level student. [DS]

October 29:  Saturday, October 29 - Study of Norman text

Norman, D. A. (1988). The Design of Everyday Things. (Previously published as The Psychology of Everyday Things.) New York: Doubleday.   ISBN: 0-385-26774-6.    Call Number: TS171.4 .N67 1990.

A popular book that will motivate the importance of human factors in the design of everything we use. This reading is also included as an introduction to concepts such as "affordances" and "knowledge in the world" versus "knowledge in the head" (but see Norman's later [DS]

November 5:  Preece book

Preece, J., Rogers, Y., & Sharp, H.. (2002). Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction. New York: John Wiley.   ISBN: 0-471-49278-7.

A typical undergraduate level textbook to introduce you to the field, including both scientific background and usability design methods. One of the few that adequately addresses affective measures. [DS&DN]

Committee Members:

Dr. Nahl said:  My focus is on affective issues in HCI which are covered best in the Preece et al. book (also handouts from Trisha from LIS 699, and Affective Learning article in ICS 668) 

Dr. Suthers gave us the link to HCI exam reading list:

Other Students' Thoughts on the Exam:

Trisha:  There will be four questions for secondary exam. One is required and the other three (picking two) are in specialized areas, focusing on design, evaluation, empirical HCI studies, or affect. We will have three hours to answers three questions. Norman, Peerce and Carroll's are required books for secondary.

Pat:  My thoughts: I don't think the exam will be hard as long as you have read and understood the material in the three texts listed. As Dr. C was saying, you have to answer the question.

All three read and agree on the quality of the answers even though each one writes their own question. Being well-read in the subject matter is very helpful as you will need to reference what leading researchers have said about a concept. You don't have to quote year and articles, but you need to be able to say "Norman discovered in his studies....".