Web-Site Usability

MIT 5390 / CS 4390
Summer 2, 2006

Instructor: David G. Novick
Office: Comp 209
Phone / e-mail: 747-6031 / novick (at the domain) utep.edu
Office hours: By appointment
Class Meetings: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, COMP 321

Texts: Dumas & Redish, A practical guide to usability testing, revised edition, 1999; Johnson, Web bloopers, 2003

Course Objectives

This course provides the practical basis for answering these kinds of questions and improving the effectiveness of Web sites. The course's content is based on both current commercial practice and its underlying cognitive models. The course will include extensive hands-on testing and analysis of real Web sites, and these skills can be used for improving user interfaces more generally. Students need to be able to commit significant time to this course during its four weeks. Students must have adequate writing skills. Specifically, the objectives of this course are


Tentative Schedule

DGN, 23 March 2006