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Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction COMP 7022

Computer Systems Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the field of computing concerned with the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive technology. In this foundation course students learn and apply HCI heuristics and principles to software development. Students will learn to analyze the context of interaction, identify the users' needs based on a user-centered approach, conduct usability studies, and design, implement and test effective and usable interfaces. Part of this course, students will develop an application related to their interests applying the capabilities of computer technology and the needs of human factors.




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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the HCI heuristic and principles.
  • Define universal usability, universal design, user experience (UX) and user-centered design.
  • Explain how the user interfaces and interaction affect usability.
  • Apply cognitive models to the design of user interfaces.
  • Perform task analysis, including qualitative aspects of generating task analytic models.
  • Classify usability performance and preference metrics: learning, task time, task completion, effectiveness, and user satisfaction.
  • Describe common usability guidelines and standards.
  • Design interaction that effectively employ localization and globalization technologies and effectively relate to users’ characteristics (i.e., age, education, cultural differences, disabilities, etc.).
  • Design, implement and test a software application following iterative steps: low-fidelity prototype, medium-fidelity prototype and high-fidelity prototype.
  • Create and conduct usability tests for the designed software application.
  • At each iteration evaluate the software application with respect to usability.
  • Measure the application’s usability from performance and preference metrics.
  • Incorporate the usability evaluation results into iterated designs.

Effective as of Fall 2023

Related Programs

Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction (COMP 7022) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Applied Computer Science (Database Option)
    Bachelor of Science Part-time
  2. Applied Computer Science (Human Computer Interface Option)
    Bachelor of Science Part-time
  3. Applied Computer Science (Network Security Administration Option)
    Bachelor of Science Part-time
  4. Applied Computer Science (Wireless and Mobile Applications Development Option)
    Bachelor of Science Part-time


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