Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems

Lecture and Tutorial Human-Computer Interaction

Module Content

The module covers research methods in the field of human-computer interaction. It discusses the core principles of human-computer interaction and the human-centered design process and its phases, context of use, requirements, and task analysis, prototyping and evaluation. Research methods used in the different phases of the process are introduced and discussed.

Available design options for human-machine interfaces are presented and discussed with regard to human perception capabilities and their limitations. The module discusses methods for user research, including surveys, diaries, case studies, interviews, and focus groups, as well as physiological measurements.

The module goes into further detail on evaluation methods, and introduces the foundations of experimental research in human-computer interaction, including types of research, research hypotheses, experimental design, and statistical analysis.

During the practical project, a concrete human-computer interface will be designed, developed and evaluated.d evaluiert.

Placement in the Curriculum

The Module Human-Computer Interaction is an elective compulsory module for practical computer science. The module is offered as a lecture with an accompanying practical project of 6 ECTS (2VL + 2PR). The expected workload is 180 hours with an 56 hours of expected attendance time. The module is designed as a master module and involves independent project work in small teams. The module can also be heard in the Bachelor.

Learning Goals/Competences

With the help of suitable resources, the students can design, prototype, and evaluate a human-machine interface following the user-centered design process (HCD).


Lazar, Jonathan, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, and Harry Hochheiser. Research methods in human-computer interaction. Morgan Kaufmann, 2017.