Design and Implementation of an HCI course for MIS students – Some lessons

Rachel Or-Bach
Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology  •  Volume 12  •  2015  •  pp. 153-163
Courses on Human Computer Interaction (HCI) largely differ in the conception of the role of the course in the program, in the topics to be included, in emphases, in the instructional strategies that are employed, and more. This paper describes the design and implementation of a HCI course for students of the Management Information Systems department in our college. Students’ intermediate and final homework assignments were analyzed to provide feedback for the course design. Quantitative analysis showed high correlation between the quality of the requirement analysis performed by the students and the quality of the final interface prototype, and also that the quality of design alternatives that were considered by the students can be a good predictor for the quality of the overall interface design. Qualitative analysis of students’ submissions showed the need for practicing skills required in users’ studies, especially conducting interviews and observations. Implications from these and other findings are discussed.
Human computer interaction, User centered design, Studio-based learning, Alternative designs, Design tradeoffs, Prototyping
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