After completing this course, students will be able to
· Explain the basic concepts and theories relevant in human-computer interaction and new media design
· Explain the main characteristics and effects of (interactive) design features in the field of digital media
· Explain the role that relevant psychological processes play in human-computer interaction
· Describe the research questions and scientific methods in the fields of human-computer interaction and new media design
· Apply the acquired knowledge to analyzing and evaluating digital media products
· Apply the acquired knowledge to proposing design recommendations for existing digital media addressing societal problems and communicate this in the format of a written proposal and a video presentation
The introduction of a new digital (computer-based) medium in society changes the way people communicate, interact with media, and design media. Understanding the nature, dynamics, and features of digital media forms the basis of both research and creation in the field of media design. Drawing from a broad range of both classical and modern theories and concepts from the fields of human-computer interaction, psychology and communication science, this course provides a thorough insight into the nature and dynamics of human-media interactions.
More specifically, this course introduces you to the field of human-computer interaction and its history. You will learn about the major theories on technology adoption, the psychological processes that play a role in interaction with digital media, and how these can be used in the design of digital media. Furthermore, you will become acquainted with the basics of usability, user experience (UX), interaction paradigms, and other concepts that are important in the process of designing and evaluating human-computer interactions. Additionally, this course offers thematic lectures about contemporary topics such as virtual and augmented reality, social computing, inclusive design, and gamification / serious games.
The Human Computer Interaction for CIS course comprises of weekly lectures and a group project. The course is taught in English. All assignments must be prepared in English. The final grade will be based on the written exam (60%, individual grade) and the group assignment (40%, group grade).
The knowledge and skills you acquire during this course are advantageous from a labour market perspective. Digital media products are used extensively in marketing, entertainment, health communication, education, art, social movements and also in interpersonal communication. This course will enable you to systematically approach and improve real life digital solutions through your scientific knowledge and skills. The course prepares you to make informed decisions about design features and the effects of new digital media on the basis of scientific knowledge. This is a useful skill that prepares students for an employment in the media industry and media research.
Please note that the university regulations in response to the Corona crisis may lead to changes in the course organization