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SOA & UML course in Stockport
(near Manchester)

22nd September 2008


Web Usability Patterns Site


Web Usability Products & Services

A comprehensive tutorial on UML





      
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  Human Computer Interaction (HCI) - A three day intensive course

   
  Designing usable software applications and web sites
    


What you will gain
An otherwise well-designed computer system can fail drastically because of a poorly designed interface. Handing responsibility for this to specialist interface designers is one solution but it is expensive. Furthermore, if the system is designed separately from its interface there are bound to be problems. System developers must therefore understand HCI principles and techniques themselves. This Human Computer Interaction course covers all the knowledge needed for great user interface design. You will learn how to design and evaluate the interfaces and usability of applications and websites. You will also be able to codify and share your company's collective UI knowledge in the form of patterns

Who should attend

The Human Computer Interaction course is intended for software developers and their managers, business analysts, testers and interface designers.

Instructor
The course is designed and usually taught by usability expert Ian Graham, so that students can benefit directly from his extensive experience and knowledge. In addition to full course materials, each student will receive a personal copy of Ian's book A Pattern Language for Web Usability.

Set up
Duration and size: Up to 12 people for 3 days
Exercises: These will be frequent

Equipment needed: Flip charts and pens, PC projector, 'cabaret' or desk seating.

Content

Day 1

Why user interface design is important
Consequences of poor design
Styles of interaction
Graphical interfaces
What different about the web?
Principles of cognitive psychology
- Long term and activated memory
- Transfer effects, priming, interference and rehearsal
- Idempotence and symmetry
- Closure
Simplicity
Aesthetics
Metaphor
Feedback
Exploiting closure
Modes
Equal opportunity
Preemptive modes
Colour and vision
Turning the theory into principles
Task-centred versus user-centred approaches

 

Day 2

Understanding requirements
Objects and use cases
Rudimentary UML
Modelling businesses and requirements
What are patterns?
Using pattern languages to guide design
Special considerations for web sites
Some web usability patterns
- Classifying sites
- Frames, anchors and old browsers
- Site maps
- Search
- Sense of location and progress
- Navigation patterns
- Workflow issues
Workshop: building pattern sequences for applications
Selecting the hardware


Day 3

Process
- time boxes
- iteration
- agility
- gradual stiffening pattern
- using priorities to manage the project
Storyboards
Use cases revisited
Testing
- usability
- automation
- get-it? pattern
- retest when content updated
- testing on a budget
Equipment needed
The importance of standards
GUI Standards and style guides
The Microsoft style guide
The MVC pattern
Internationalization
Relevant legislation
Disabilities - types of
Example - coding flashing effects
When not to follow the standard (e.g. use of Enter)
Sound
MS features for accessibility
Course review

Please note, when taught at your site, this course is customizable.  Modules can be adapted, removed, added from other courses, or even created.



To book a public or onsite course, please contact Clive Menhinick on +44 (0)161 225 3240, or email him: clive@trireme.com.  Alternatively, use the booking form.

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