Human – machine interaction

Higher education teachers: Sodnik Jaka
Credits: 5
Subject code: 64878

Subject description


  • Enrollment in the study year.

Content (Syllabus outline):

Human perception and its limitations (human senses, memory and emotions). User interfaces (visual, auditory, tactile, biometrics, natural interfaces). Elements of interaction (models of interaction, hard and soft controls, natural and learned interaction, mental models and metaphors, navigation, context and errors). User centred design of user interface (hierarchical tasks analysis, requirements specification, prototyping). Evaluation of user interface through a user study (methodology, experiment design, independent and dependent variables, objective and subjective evaluations, test subjects, analysis of results).

Objectives and competences:

The goal of this course is to explain basic functioning of human senses and its’ limitations in perception of various types of information (visual, auditory, tactile). Students will understand various principles of human-machine interaction and gain knowledge on procedures for user interfaces design. They will be able of objectively and subjectively evaluate new or existing user interfaces through user studies. They will be able to analyze and report the results of these studies.

Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge of human-machine interaction scientific field as well as knowledge of procedures for design and evaluation of various types of user interfaces.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures with practical demonstrations.

Study materials

  1. Alan Dix, Janet E. Finlay, Gregory D. Abowd and Russell Beale, Human-Computer Interaction (3rd Edition), Pearson Education Limited, 2004.
  2. Scott MacKenzie, Human-Computer Interaction (An Empirical Research Perspective), Elsevier Inc., 2013.
  3. Serengul Smith-Atakan, Human-Computer Interaction, Thompson Learning, 2006.