Advanced Human-Computer Interaction: HCI Research Methods and Theory
The course will explore advanced topics in HCI, providing an overview of the different perspectives within and the interdisciplinary nature of this area. It will introduce students to the different types of research methods commonly used within HCI research, ranging from quantitative experimental studies to qualitative research methods and mixed method strategies, and present case studies as examples illustrating the use of these methods. You will gain practical experience in utilizing a selection of these methods through practical assignments and mini-projects, and will work with the research literature.
The course will furthermore provide an overview of how the role of theory in HCI has expanded from the early days of human factors and mathematical modelling of behaviour to include explanatory and generative theories, which reflect influences from fields such as design, sociology, and ethnography.
Successful students should be able to
- appreciate the diversity of research methods and relate them to research paradigms and theory
- select research methods appropriate to the domain and research question, based on an understanding of the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, and practical demands of methods
- utilize a range of HCI research methods and approaches to investigate a research question
- design, plan, and organize experimental (comparative) user studies and interpret the data
- report and present user studies and findings properly
- relate the role of theory in HCI to the expanding range of methodical approaches utilized for HCI research