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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Human-Computer Interaction


Information and Communication Technologies, second-level study programme


prof. dr. Franc Novak


The goal of the course is to familiarize the student with the field of human-computer interaction.
Beside general competences, such as to adopt strategies and methods appropriate to problem solving and decision making, ability to apply theory in to practice and to carry out activities in an autonomous, responsible and creative manner, the students completing this course will
gain understanding of basic concepts of user interface design. They will get the knowledge of effective interface design methodologies and skils for rapid prototyping and usability testing.


Basic interaction styles: command line, menu selection, form fill-in, direct manipulation, gesture recognition

Important human characteristics: perception, memory, visual acuity, speed of reading, typing, perception of audio recordings

Task performance: information processing, mental models, movement control, Fitts’s law, cognitive load, kinematic load

Understanding the target system function: information collection techniques, developing conceptual models, requirements analysis, requirements specifications.

Visual communication techniques: characteristics of visual variables, organization of screen elements, visual structure of the screen

Basic elements of user interface: control elements, forms, graphs, tables, icons, pictures

Visual structure and: grouping, hierarchy, relationship, balance.

Understanding the principles of good interface design: consistency, starting point, navigation, visually pleasing composition

Colors and typography

User interface prototype design: basic principles, heuristic rules

Usability testing: goals of usability testing, process for conducting usability test, data analysis, reported findings and recommendations.

Course literature:

Selected chapters from the following books:

• T. Schlatter, and D. Levinson. Visual Usability. Principles and Practices for Designing Digital Applications. Morgan Kaufmann, 2013. ISBN 978-0-12-398536-1
• D. Wigdor, and D. Wixon. Brave NUI World. Designing Natural User Interfaces for Touch and Gesture. Morgan Kaufmann, 2011. ISBN 978-0-12-382231-4
• G. Salvendy (ed.). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Wiley, 2012, ISBN 978-0-470-52838-9
• G. A. Boy (ed.). The Handbook of Human-Machine Interaction. A Human Centered Design Approach. Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7546-7580-8

Significant publications and references:

• P. Novak, F. Novak, and B. Koroušić Seljak. “Enhancement of web application design of the open platform for clinical nutrition.“ Lecture notes in computer science, vol. 7946, pp. 791-802, 2013.
• M. Ristič, and F. Novak. “Towards the improvement of emergency call service.“ International journal on information technology, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 339-345, 2013.
• A. Jerman Blažič, B. Jerman Blažič, and F Novak. “Social software tools in vocational e-learning: an empirical exploratory study.“ International review on computers and software, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 731-739, 2010.
• D. Špelič, F. Novak, and B. Žalik. “Educational support for computational geometry course – the Delaunay triangulation tester.“ International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 93-101, 2009.
• F. Novak, and A Biasizzo. “Academic network for microelectronic test education.“ International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 1245-1253, 2007.


Seminar work (50%)
Oral defense of seminar work (50%)

Students obligations:

Seminar work and oral defense of seminar work.