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LIS 4277 :  Usability and Usefulness of Information Systems 

Course Outline

 

PART ONE: WHY USABILITY MATTERS (3 wks)


August 26 & 28: Introduction to the Course...
September 2 & 4: Why This is Important, Part 1
September 9 & 11: Why This is Important, Part 2

 

PART TWO: HOW TO CONDUCT A USABILITY EVALUATION (7 wks)


September 16 & 18: An Introduction to Usability Evaluation

Assignment 1 Due September 16


September 23 & 25: Usability Inspection Methods, Part 1

Assignment 2 Group Topic Due September 23


October 2: Usability Inspection Methods, Part 2 (NO CLASS SEPTEMBER 30)

Assignment 2a Due September 30


October 7 & 9: Empirical User Testing, Part 1

Assignment 2b Due October 7


October 14 & 16: Empirical User Testing, Part 2
October 21 & 23: Usability Performance Metrics and other Methods of Assessing Usability

Assignment 2c Due October 21


October 28 & 30: Evaluating Usability Assessment Methods

 

PART THREE: USABILITY AND USER-CENTERED DESIGN (5 wks)


November 4: The Usability Engineering Lifecycle (NO CLASS NOVEMBER 6)

Assignment 3 (First Iteration) Due By Midnight November 7


November 13: User Centered Design, Part 1 (NO CLASS NOVEMBER 11)

November 18 & 20: User Centered Design, Part 2

Assignment 3 (Second Iteration) Due By Midnight November 21


November 25: Universal Usability & Accessibility (NO CLASS NOVEMBER 27)

December 2 & 4: The Future of Usability...

Assignment 3 (Final Version, at least three iterations) Due By Midnight December 5

Final Project Presentations this Week!


Last Modified: August 16, 2003