Course: User Interfaces

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Course title User Interfaces
Course code KMI/URO
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Zacpal Jiří, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
This course is focused on designing user interfaces and related issues. Students will obtain knowledge and experience required for development of usable software with user interface that meets quality and standards. General as well as tangible principles of user interfaces will be discussed. The course emphasizes on graphical user interface design under the prevalent systems - namely Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Certain interest will be also devoted to user interface design of web-based applications. 1. user interfaces, history, graphics user interfaces (GUI), WIMP paradigm, form and function of an interface, Apple LISA as an GUI example 2. user centered design, GUI principles, a good design, Fitt's and Hick's law 3. human interface guidelines for Microsoft Windows 4. human interface guidelines for Mac OS X 5. Linux and GUI, multiplatform software and GUI 6. web user interfaces 7. evaluation of user interfaces, usability and testing 8. future of user interfaces, adaptable and adaptive user interfaces, multi-touch interfaces

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The students become familiar with basic concepts of user interfaces.
2. Comprehension Identify guidelines to develop good user interfaces.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam

Active participation in class. Completion of assigned homeworks. Passing the oral (or written) exam.
Recommended literature
  • DOSTÁL, M. (2008). Základy tvorby uživatelského rozhraní. učební text v elektronické podobě.
  • GALITZ, W. O. (2005). The Essential Guide to User Interface Design. John Wiley & Sons.
  • kol. autorů. (2004). Apple Human Interface Guidelines. Apple.
  • kol. autorů. (2007). Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines. Microsoft.
  • MANDEL, T. (2002). The Elements of User Interface Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY, USA.
  • SHNEIDERMAN, B., PLAISANT, C. (2004). Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (4th Edition). Pearson Addison Wesley.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Computer Science for Education (1) Informatics courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Science Computer Science (1) Informatics courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Science Applied Computer Science (1) Informatics courses 2 Summer