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Interactive Systems Design and Evaluation

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  • Titre en français: Conception et évaluation de systèmes interactifs
  • Cours donné en: français
  • Crédits ECTS: 6 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre de printemps 2009-2010, 4.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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The course explores both the theoretical knowledge and practical experiences in the fundamental aspects of human computer interaction as well as advanced topics. This class begins with a discussion of human, computer and interaction models. Subsequent topics include design and evaluation methodologies, immersive and tangible user interface, information visualization, universality, accessibility and adaptability.

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the different types of computing devices and user interfaces (GUIs, Web, Mobile) and how their design impact on human interaction
  • Understand models of human characteristics that impact and inform the design of usable interactive systems
  • Understand user-centered design methodologies and usability engineering techniques
  • Gather and specify user characteristics, tasks, context of use as well as usability factors/goals
  • Understand design knowledge and best-practices and how these can be used effectively to support human interaction
  • Develop low and high fidelity prototypes including storyboards, software, video and paper prototypes
  • Plan and conduct a usability test with end-users before, during and after software development and deployment
  • Explore new challenges in human computer interaction such as universal design and accessibility as well as adaptability and context-aware applications
  • Understand the use information visualization techniques
  • Establish and incorporate the user-centered design function in the software development lifecycle and team


This course has to do with human-computer communication and how to specify, design and evaluate usable interactive systems characterized by their user interfaces.

  • Introduction to human computer interaction concepts, theories and practices. User-centered design principles, processes and tools.
  • User modeling, personas and customer experiences. Scenarios and use cases maps.
  • Task and work analysis.
  • Conceptual design principles, guidelines and patterns.
  • Usability metrics, Tools for user interface prototyping.
  • Usability testing and evaluation.
  • Thinking aloud protocol, heuristics evaluation, psychometrics tests, and controlled experiments.
  • Large project on design, prototyping, and evaluation in a team oriented environment.


There is no mandatory textbook for this course. Readings and lecture notes willbe provided online via the course Website or accessible from the library.

The following link provides an entry to HCI scientific literature. Most of the readings used by the professors are accessible via these sites:

  • HCI Bibliography http://www.hcibib.org
  • UPA - Usability Resources http://www.upassoc.org/usability_resources
  • STC - Usability and User Experience Community http://www.stcsig.org/usability/index.html Course Website: http://www.hec.unil.ch/docs/aseffah



1ère tentative

Ecrit 2h30 heures
Final Examen(50%) + group project (30%) + individual assignment and participation in class discussion (20%) Open book, all calculators allowed



Oral 2h30 minutes
Exam Open book, all calculators allowed

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