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PSP8082700, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCIANO GAMBERINI M-PSI/06

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/06 Psychology of Work and Organisations 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 GAMBERINI LUCIANO (Presidente)
ORSO VALERIA (Membro Effettivo)
PLUCHINO PATRIK (Membro Effettivo)
SPAGNOLLI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
STABLUM FRANCA (Membro Effettivo)
1 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 GAMBERINI LUCIANO (Presidente)
ORSO VALERIA (Membro Effettivo)
PLUCHINO PATRIK (Membro Effettivo)
SPAGNOLLI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
STABLUM FRANCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: There are no specific prerequisites.
Target skills and knowledge: The course allows to acquire some theoretical knowledge, research methods and innovative techniques to study, design and evaluate human-computer interaction (HCI). The targeted knowledge is such that makes the resulting HCI effective and efficient, and the user experience simple, pleasant and overall satisfactory. The skills acquired will pertain to the domain of HCI and cognitive ergonomics; more specifically:

- user-centered design;
- basic principles of cognitive ergonomics;
- user experience evaluation and products usability;
- visual communication and data visualization;
- accessibility and universal design (e.g. design for older adults)
- social computing and social ergonomics.
Examination methods: The examination will be in written modality, composed by two open questions and five closed questions. The first open question evaluates the student's ability of using the methods and techniques acquired during the course to solve specific design or evaluation cases regarding an interactive system or its interface. The second open question evaluates the ability to synthesize and comment on theories and methods learned in class or from the textbook.
The closed questions are multiple choice questions; they will assess the acquisition of theoretical and methodological knowledge.
Assessment criteria: 15/30 max for the first open question
5/30 max for the second open question
2/30 for any other question
Course unit contents: - Human limits and their implication for the design of technologies
- Interaction models and users style
- Paradigms and strategies for building interactive systems
- Designing for usability: methods and technique in interaction design
- UX Evaluation: part I "the lab"
- UX Evaluation: part II "the real world"
- UX Evaluation: part III "advanced techniques" (Eye tracking,
physiological measurements, etc.)
- Accessibility and Universal design
- Social computing
- Special Topics and case studies (web sites usability, experiencing mobile apps, designing living environment and smart cities, virtual and augmented reality in HCI, human-robot interaction, Persuasive technology for behavioural change, ergonomics in e-health)
- Symbiotic interaction and other new topics in ergonomics and HCI
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Traditional and interactive lectures (student presentations, multimedia, online resources) on the theoretical aspects of the discipline will alternate with teaching labs to practice the methods and techniques described in the course. Individual and group activities based on the design and development of prototype interfaces and interactive systems will facilitate the acquisition of specific and practical skills.
Specific technical/programming skills are welcome yet not mandatory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The fourth edition of the book is available but the on-line third edition is perfect for this course (and free!)

Interactive materials and other resources are available on-line at (for the third edition of the book)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • DIX, FINLAY, ABOWD, BEALE, HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION. New York: Pearson, 2012. The free on-line edition is OK - Please, find the PDF: Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Top Hat (active quiz, quiz)
  • makey makey MIT

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