F28ED User-Centred Experimental Design

Dr Frank Broz

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Frank Broz (Edinburgh), Ryad Soobany (Dubai).

Aims:

To give students an introduction to designing, conducting, and analysing experiments that involve human participants,
along with other basic methods of studying interaction with computational artifacts.

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisite course(s): F27ID Introduction to Interaction Design .

Location: ALP, Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 1.

Syllabus:

Ethics of conducting experiments, working with users, experimental design, hypothesis testing, usability testing, basic
descriptive and inferential statistics, qualitative analysis.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Students will develop skills in the following areas:
• Collecting and working with user data according to legal and ethical guidelines
• Designing and conducting experiments to evaluate computational systems with users
• Analysing data to test hypotheses and and presenting statistical results to provide evidence for research
questions

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Students will develop skills in the following areas:
• Use discipline appropriate software for data analysis,
• Present, analyse and interpret simple numerical and graphical data gathered as part of evaluation studies.
(PDP)
• Exercise autonomy and initiative by planning and managing their own work within a specified project; (PDP)
• Take responsibility for their own and other's work by contributing effectively and conscientiously to the work of
a group (PDP)
• Communicate effectively to knowledgeable audiences by preparing informal presentations and written reports.
(PDP)

Assessment Methods:

Edinburgh and Dubai
Assessment: Examination: (weighting – 60%) Coursework: (weighting – 40%)

ALP
Assessment: Examination: (weighting – 100%)

Edinburgh, Dubai and ALP

Re-assessment: Examination: (weighting – 100%)

SCQF Level: 8.

Credits: 15.