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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 II


Information and Communication Technologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Franc Novak


The goal of the course is to acquaint the student with the main principles 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 visual perception and associated information visualization strategies and techniques. They will get the knowledge of traditional interaction styles and learn the principles of designing natural user interfaces.
They will also get the knowledge and skills for performing usability testing.


Interaction styles: overview of traditional interaction styles, current trends toward natural user interfaces

Taxonomy of touch screen sensing properties: sensed objects, sensed information, display properties

Gesture system: properties of a gesture language, mode and flow model of a gesture language

Visual perception: characteristics of visual variables, organization of screen elements, eye-tracking methodology

Information visualization: principles of visual representation, information structures, presentation strategies, navigation strategies, interaction strategies

Taxonomies of quality of multimodal human-computer interaction: quality of service, quality of experience

Usability testing: goals of usability testing, exploratory study, assessment test, verification test, usability testing in specific domains

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.