CPSC 601.48 Heuristic Evaluation
Note: this course was last taught in winter 1998.
This is a reading course, with regular one on one meetings scheduled between the student and the instructor. Readings and projects will be assigned by the instructor. The course has restricted enrollment, as it is meant to prepare a student who is pursuing this specific topic as part of their graduate research.
The course will investigate the heuristic evaluation process, which describes a particular usability evaluation method. The student will study the literature on heuristic evaluation, identify opportunities for further research in this area, and will identify and solve a substantial problem.
- An Annotated bibliography of Heuristic Evaluation and related topics (10%). January 21, 1998. This report will deliver a set of key papers relevant to HE as well as brief summaries.
- An Overview of Heuristic Evaluation, and identification of a research problem (30%) February 17, 1998. This report, done in the form of a thesis chapter, introduces and provides background to the heuristic evaluation process, identifies at least one good opportunity for further research in this area, and frames that opportunity as a research problem to be solved.
- Requirements of a system supporting a portion of the heuristic evaluation process (30%). March 17, 1998. This report, done in the form of a thesis chapter, argues for particular requirements of a system that supports a portion of the heuristic evaluation process. These requirements must be justified by either studies of people using this process; by related factors in the literature, and/or by logical argumentation.
- Design and Implementation of a system supporting a portion of the heuristic evaluation process (30%). April 17, 1998 The deliverable will be a report that describes the design and implementation of a system meeting the above requirements. The report will describe related systems and approaches in the literature relevant to the design, and will offer low fidelity prototypes and/or actual implementations that illustrate how the particular design approach can be operationalized.
With permission from the instructor, the student may negotiate the details of the various deliverables to fit his/her evolving understanding and interests in the area.
- Assignment #1 - January 21
- Assignment #2 - February 17
- Assignment #3 - March 17
- Assignment #4 - April 17