Fall 2021 - IAT 334 D100
Interface Design (3)
Class Number: 4886
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
Office: Room 2816, Podium 2, SFU Surrey Campus
Office Hours: Announced in the first week of classes.
Prerequisites:Completion of 48 units, including IAT 235 with a minimum grade of C-.
Provides an introduction to the art and design of human-computer interfaces, design methods, prototyping and evaluation of user interfaces. Examines issues of interactivity and its relation to human contexts and technological systems. The role of aesthetic, symbolic, affective and cultural factors will be assessed in concert with scientific and technological issues. The class is primarily focused on visual interfaces on computer monitors and hand-held devices, but culminates with considerations of increasingly physical interactions in ubiquitous environments.
Interaction with systems and humans via computers is directly shaped by the user interface (UI). As a result successful user experience with an information system depends on the UI. This course provides students with an introduction to the design of graphical user interfaces for computing devices, covers design methods, prototyping and evaluation of user interfaces. Issues of interactivity and its relation to human contexts and technological systems will be examined. The role of aesthetic, symbolic, affective and cultural factors will be assessed in concert with scientific and technological issues as well as qualitive design evaluation methodologies. The class is primarily focused on visual interfaces on computer monitors and hand held devices. The course starts with hands-on assignments on fundamental interface-design principles. It culminates with a final project that is implemented to the level of a fully working prototype, which is then evaluated with methods covered in the course and redesigned according to the outcomes.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- List and identify rules for interface design.
- Analyze requirements for an interface.
- Have an understanding of different design methods (e.g. sketching, user-centered design methods, scenarios, storyboarding, prototyping) and select and apply these appropriately in a given context and design space.
- Understand the underlying concepts of qualitative evaluation and the differences between design evaluation methods.
- Organize and conduct a qualitative design evaluation process within an interdisciplinary team.
- Have an understanding of interactive prototyping tools, and be able to independently produce a working prototype that satisfies given design requirements.
- Critique and qualitatively evaluate interface design projects.
- Justify changes based on the outcomes of evaluations and integrate them into the prototype.
- Exercises 10%
- Quizzes 20%
- Individual projects 30%
- Group projects 40%
This course uses the SIAT standard grading scale for final letter grades:
|Letter grade||Percentage range|
|A+||95% to 100%|
|A||90% to 95%|
|A-||85% to 90%|
|B+||80% to 85%|
|B||75% to 80%|
|B-||70% to 75%|
|C+||65% to 70%|
|C||60% to 65%|
|C-||55% to 60%|
|D||50% to 55%|
|F||0% to 50%|
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
For this term you will need access to:
- A laptop, tablet or desktop computer
- Paper and a pen
- A prototyping tool (i.e. Framer, Origami Studio, Figma, Axure, etc.)
If you have a preference for another type of software you are welcome to use it.
Delivery Method: Lecture (LEC), Studio Lab (STL) and Open Lab (OPL)
Readings will be available digitally through Canvas.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
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