Designing Interactive Systems WS 03/04


Field of study:

  • Informatik (D)/Hauptstudium/Praktische Informatik
  • Media Informatics (M.Sc.)/Multimediabenutzung/in Aachen
  • Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.)/Practical Computer Science

Number SWS: V3 + U2
ECTS Credits: 6
You have to register to take this lecture. The lecture will be held in english.


This class introduces students to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) and user interface design. Topics covered include:

  • fundamental characteristics of human cognition, such as reaction time, rules of perception, and memory performance,
  • models of interaction between people and their environment, such as affordances, mappings, and constraints,
  • a brief history of interactive technologies,
  • iterative design, user interface prototyping techniques,
  • user studies and evaluation methods.

The class will be accompanied by a lab in which students conduct experiments and design a series of user interface prototypes to apply the concepts learned.

After the class, students will know how user interfaces have developed over the past decades, and what constants of human performance need to be considered when designing user interfaces. They will be able to apply a series of prototyping and evaluation methods to design usable, appropriate user interfaces in a user-centered fashion.


Lecture Tu 15:00-18:00 Hörsaal D
Lab Th 15:00-17:00 Room N224_b
Lecture We 09:30 - 12:00 Room 4116
Lab Mo 13:15-14:45 Room 4116



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