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Jan Spyridakis
HCDE 596
Seattle Campus

Directed Research in Human Centered Design and Engineering

Students, working in teams under the supervision of individual faculty members, review relevant literature, pose research questions, design and conduct studies, and present the results in papers prepared either for submission to a professional journal or for presentation at a professional conference. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Students, working in teams under the supervision of individual faculty members in different faculty run research groups and they partake in actitivities such as reviewing relevant literature, posing research questions, designing and conducting studies, and presenting the results in papers prepared either for submission to a professional journal or for presentation at a professional conference. Faculty research groups vary in their learning goals and outcomes, as well as assignments (see more below). Listed below is a set of goals and outcomes from many recent research groups.

Student learning goals

Learn how to review current literature.

Become a consumer and critical reader of current literature.

Design and prototype software.

Study users in multiple settings.

Evaluate current technologies.

Become proficient coders.

General method of instruction

Group study with faculty member.

Recommended preparation

Dependent on specific research group goals. See specific research group descriptions at URL listed below.

Class assignments and grading

Activities and assignments vary by research group and faculty members but often include: literature reviews, reading seminars, technology evaluations, prototyping, coding, usability studies, data analysis, designing and presenting conference presentations, article and report writing, proposal writing, etc.

Each credit of work is worth three hours of input. Faculty assign grades based on time input and quality of output.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Jan Spyridakis
Date: 05/07/2012