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CODE 106672
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-PSI/06
TEACHING LOCATION
  • SAVONA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
MODULES Questo insegnamento è un modulo di:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the module is to provide the theoretical foundations and the methodological tools for the ergonomic design of interactive systems and interfaces, according to the principles of User Centered Design. At the end of the course students will be able to: - Describe the human-machine interaction according to the principles of user-centered design - Design systems and services according to the principles of usability and cognitive ergonomics - Conduct usability analysis of services and systems

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to train professionals that will be able to design interactive systems in accordance with the principles of cognitive ergonomics and usability.

The expected learning outcomes are related to the understanding of the cognitive dynamics involved in the use of interactive tools and services.

In particular, at the end of the course students will be able to:

● describe the main theories and models related to cognitive psychology and disciplines related to cognitive ergonomics (user centered design, user experience);

● apply the knowledge acquired in terms of theories and models of ergonomics to the analysis of real cases

● design ergonomics analysis methods according to the principles of research methodology

● design a user experience survey

● conduct a user experience analysis using different investigation tools

● identify possible solutions to solve problems related to the ergonomics design of usable systems and interfaces;

● communicate clearly and unambiguously with specialist and non-specialist interlocutors using the technical language typical of the discipline

TEACHING METHODS

Balance between lectures, group work, case studies, projects. The second part of the course involves the realization of an interaction analysis project.

More information at the link https://corsi.unige.it/9913/news/12704-modalit%C3%A0-didattica-per-lavvio-dellaa-202122

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Cognitive processes

● Visual perception

● Attention

● Memory

● Reasoning (Kahneman theory)

● Decision (heuristics)

● Workload

● Situation awareness

● SRK model

 

Relationship with automation

● OOTL syndrome

● MABA-MABA

● Complacency

● Trust in automation

 

User Centered Design

● SHELL

● affordance, invitations, constraints

● Mapping

● The 7 stages of the action

 

Interaction design

● Elements

● Laws

● Characteristics of a good design

● interface design

 

Methods of analysis in cognitive ergonomics

● User analytics design

● Interviews

● Questionnaires

● Usability Test

● User journey

● Analysis of results

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Students with DSA certification, disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact teachers at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the objectives of the course, take into account individual learning needs and provide appropriate compensatory tools.

For international students, slides, texts and articles in English are available on request. The exam can be taken in English.

Program for attending and non-attending students:

- Gamberini Luciano, Chittaro Luca, Paternò Fabio, (2012). Human-Computer Interaction. I fondamenti dell’interazione fra persone e tecnologie, Pearson

- Norman, D. (2013). La caffettiera del masochista. Il design degli oggetti quotidiani. Giunti, Firenze.

- Handouts and other materials provided by teachers

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

FABRIZIO BRACCO (President)

FEDERICA DELPRINO

MICHELE MASINI

MARIA MOROZZO DELLA ROCCA E DI BIANZE' (President Substitute)

LESSONS

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Exam methods, valid for both attending and non-attending students:

● Written exam: 4 open-ended questions on the general topics scheduled. The score for each answer ranges from 0 to 5 points. Students will have 45 minutes to complete the test. (grade 0 to 20)

● Application project for interaction analysis: activities to be carried out in groups during the lessons (or even in single, if not attending). Attending students will be able to build the project during the lessons, being followed by the the teachers. They can also present the project at the end of the lessons and receive the evaluation. The specifications on the realization of the project and the methods of evaluation will be provided by the teachers at the start of the lessons and will be published on the AulaWeb page of the course. (Grade 0 to 10)

optional:

● Oral integration: analysis of a case or problem in the field of cognitive ergonomics and discussion of the main constructs involved. The oral exam can be requested after having taken the written exam and having presented the project and will allow you to integrate the grade.

The final grade will be given by the sum between the written vote, the presentation of the project (and any oral integration).

ASSESSMENT METHODS

This method was chosen because the written exam guarantees an objective treatment of students, as well as stimulating them to write a logical speech in a clear, concise but exhaustive way (competence that will also be useful in the case of the drafting of the thesis and future documents related to internship activities). The open questions will be formulated in such a way as not to require a purely notional knowledge but allow students to demonstrate the capacity to connect theories and concepts, critical analysis, the ability to have a global view of the several approaches, as well as terminological mastery.

With the written exam will be evaluated the knowledge of the theories and models related to cognitive psychology and disciplines related to cognitive ergonomics (user centered design, user experience). The ability to apply this knowledge to the analysis of real cases will also be evaluated.

The design of a project allows to verify the students' learning in the implementation of the acquired notions, verifying more application skills.

Specifically, the project will verify: the ability to set up a survey of the user experience in interaction with systems and interfaces using methods of ergonomic analysis and according to the principles of the research methodology; the ability to conduct the analysis using different investigation tools and the ability to propose solutions to solve the identified problems.

The presentation of the project and the answers to the questions of the written exam will be taken into account to evaluate the ability to communicate clearly and unambiguously, using the technical language typical of the discipline.

The possibility of oral integration will allow students who wish to increase the grade resulting from the two previous evaluation methods.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
13/01/2022 15:00 SAVONA Orale Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
13/01/2022 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
13/01/2022 15:00 SAVONA Scritto Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
28/01/2022 09:00 SAVONA Orale
28/01/2022 09:00 SAVONA Registrazione
28/01/2022 09:00 SAVONA Scritto
17/02/2022 09:00 SAVONA Orale
17/02/2022 09:00 SAVONA Registrazione
17/02/2022 09:00 SAVONA Scritto
03/06/2022 15:00 SAVONA Orale Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
03/06/2022 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
03/06/2022 15:00 SAVONA Scritto Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
20/06/2022 15:00 SAVONA Orale
20/06/2022 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione
20/06/2022 15:00 SAVONA Scritto
13/07/2022 11:00 SAVONA Orale per esigenze organizzative, la prova del 13 luglio ore 9 è posticipata al 13 luglio ore 11
13/07/2022 11:00 SAVONA Registrazione per esigenze organizzative, la prova del 13 luglio ore 9 è posticipata al 13 luglio ore 11
13/07/2022 11:00 SAVONA Scritto per esigenze organizzative, la prova del 13 luglio ore 9 è posticipata al 13 luglio ore 11
08/09/2022 15:00 SAVONA Orale Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
08/09/2022 15:00 SAVONA Registrazione Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it
08/09/2022 15:00 SAVONA Scritto Attenzione: l'appello del 8 settembre 2023, previsto alle 9 a Savona, è posticipato lo stesso giorno ore 15, per concomitanza di impegni istituzionali. Per ogni esigenza contattate il docente: fabrizio.bracco@unige.it Attention please: the exam session scheduled on September 8th 2023, at 9 am, is postponed the same day at 3 pm. For any information, please write an email to fabrizio.bracco@unige.it

FURTHER INFORMATION

How to apply for thesis:

In general, students interested in applying for an experimental thesis are invited to submit experimental proposals already set up on the basis of a preliminary bibliographical search.

The topics of the thesis are:

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information design
  • Interface design
  • cognitive psychology
  • Cognitive ergonomics