Terminals and user interfaces

Higher education teachers: Sodnik Jaka
Credits: 6
Semester: summer
Subject code: 64270M

Subject description


  • Enrollment in the study year.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  1. Man-machine communication: overview and historical background.
  2. Human perception and information processing: the senses, memory, thinking, emotions and ergonomics.
  3. Properties of terminal equipment: input-output devices, connectivity, architecture, functionality.
  4. Operation of terminal equipment: input technologies and related techniques, sensors and biometrics, visual interfaces, audio interfaces, haptic interfaces, multimedia interfaces, embedded systems, mobile devices.
  5. The design of human-machine interaction: visual interaction, verbal interaction, multi-modal and mobile interaction, interaction and the Web, virtual environments.
  6. Design, development and evaluation of user interfaces by taking into account the specific limitations of different terminals and providing the best user experience.
  7. Specific user interfaces and interaction styles: medical, vehicles and aircrafts, games, older users, blind and visually impaired.

Objectives and competences:

Students will gain knowledge on technological differences and specifics of modern terminal devices and will gain the ability to design, develop and evaluate an efficient and user centred user interface.

Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge of the properties and limitations of terminal equipment, issues related to user interface design and problems in human-machine interaction. Understanding of basic procedures and requirements for terminal equipment design, user interfaces and flexible applications.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures with practical demonstrations, lab work and the implementation of individual project under the mentorship of laboratory assistant.

Study materials

  1. Russell Beale, Alan J. Dix, Janet E. Finlay, Gregory D. Abowd: Human-computer Interaction, Prentice Hall, (February 1997), 1997, ASIN 0134372115
  2. Serengul Smith-Atakan: Human-Computer Interaction, Middlesex University Press, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-184480454-2
  3. Human Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications, Edited by Julie A.Jacko, CRC Press, Taylor&Francis Group, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4398-2943-1.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 3 year - 1st cycle - Multimedia