of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
INLS 718, User
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Class meetings: Tuesday &
Thursday, 9:30-10:45; 304 Manning Hall
wildem at ils dot unc dot edu
210 Manning Hall
962-8072 or 962-8366 (SILS office); 968-3018 (home)
- INLS 582, Systems Analysis;
or permission of instructor.
- This course will introduce basic
principles relevant to the design of the human interface to computer-mediated
information systems. The major topics to be discussed include the characteristics
of information system users, the characteristics of tasks supported by information
systems, the interface design process, and methods for evaluating an interface
- Rationale and relationship
to the current curriculum
- This course is designed to prepare
students to participate in the design of information system interfaces. Its
content is dependent on prior knowledge gained in Systems Analysis (INLS 582),
which focuses on analyzing and designing the functions that systems perform,
and is complementary to Database I (INLS 623), which focuses on organizing
the data provided by information systems. INLS 718 will also introduce students
to the methods used in the evaluation of system interfaces. This course is
a prerequisite for INLS 818, Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction.
Sharp, Rogers, & Preece. (2007).
Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction. 2nd ed. Chichester,
England: John Wiley.
Additional readings are assigned
(see the class schedule). These readings will be made available electronically,
through the class schedule.
The final grade will be based on
six assignments and class participation:
1-4: the design and prototyping of the user interface for a new
information system (developed individually or in small teams), ready for demonstration
on March 17 (assn. 4), with full documentation due April 2 (45%). Instructor
feedback will be provided on drafts of the user analysis (assn. 1, due February
5), the task description (assn. 2, due February 26), and at least two design
decision rationales (assn. 3, due March 9);
5: a usability inspection of the interface design of a classmate,
along with your response to a classmate's evaluation of your design, due April
6: a written proposal for a usability test of your prototype design,
due May 4 at 8am (20%); and
participation throughout the course, including regular postings
to the class discussion forum(15%).
- Honor Code
- The Honor Code, which prohibits
giving or receiving unauthorized aid in the completion of assignments, is
in effect in this class. It should be noted, however, that students are expected
to receive (and provide) some assistance regarding the use of hardware and
software in the computer lab. Students should NOT receive (or provide) major
creative assistance or continuous minor support.
- Library and Lab Resources
- You will be using the SILS library
and IT services during
the course of the semester. Please remember that many of your fellow students
also need to use the same resources. Follow the proper checkout procedures
for library materials and return them promptly to be a good SILS citizen.
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