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Course Director: Panayiotis Koutsabasis
co-lecturer: Spyros Vosinakis
Course Code: 6104
Educational Units: 5
ECTS Units: 6
Type: Compulsory (C)
Semester: 04 (Spring)
Hours: 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is concerned with the design, development and evaluation of interactive products and systems that effectively support humans in everyday activities, and the study of relevant phenomena that stem out of the interaction process.

After the course, the student will be in the position to:

  • Be aware of a wide range of human-centred methods of design research, prototyping and evaluation of interactive systems, in which users are at the center of the process both in terms of the incorporation of their requirements as well as through their active participation.
  • Can apply human-centred methods in contemporary design contexts and problems with the participation of clients and end-users
  • Realize the need to approach new design situations for interactive systems through an exploratory and methodological approach that involves research, comprehension, analysis and synthesis of information and knowledge from trustworthy sources, high quality books and scientific papers.

The course aims to:

  • Create student awareness regarding basic issues such as: cognitive and organizational approaches for understanding the role of the human during interaction, usability, utility, accessibility, aesthetics and user experience.
  • Discuss and apply methods and methodologies for design of interactive systems, such as “contextual design” and “the elements of user experience” through case studies and hands-on exercises.
  • Discuss and apply methods for evaluation of interactive systems and products with emphasis on user testing and usability inspections, as well as significant issues for usability engineering.

Suggested bibliography:

  • Κουτσαμπάσης, Π. (2011) Αλληλεπίδραση Ανθρώπου-Υπολογιστή: Αρχές, Μέθοδοι και Παραδείγματα. Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος.
  • Κουτσαμπάσης, Π. (2015) Αξιολόγηση Διαδραστικών Συστημάτων με Επίκεντρο τον Χρήστη: Ευχρηστία, Προσβασιμότητα, Συνεργατική Εργασία και Εμπειρία του Χρήστη. Ελληνικός Σύνδεσμος Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών.
  • Dix Alan J.,Finlay Janet E.,Abowd Gregory D.,Beale Russell (2007) Επικοινωνία ανθρώπου υπολογιστή, 3ή Έκδοση.
  • Shneiderman Ben, Plaisant Cathrerine (2010) Σχεδίαση Διεπαφής Χρήστη, 5η έκδοση.


Related academic journals:

  • ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM).
  • Behaviour and Information Technology (Taylor & Francis).
  • Human–Computer Interaction (Taylor & Francis).
  • Interacting with Computers (Elsevier; British Computer Society).
  • International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction (Taylor & Francis).
  • International Journal of Human–Computer Studies (Elsevier).
  • Journal of Usability Studies (Usability Professionals’ Association).
  • ACM Interactions (magazine, ACM).
  • CoDesign: the International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts (Taylor & Francis).
  • Design Issues (MIT Press).
  • Design Studies (Elsevier).