ISMT S-170 Human Factors in Information Systems Design

7-week session | CRN 32596

While many organizations have outsourced the design of production systems, there is still a need to provide specifications for those systems. In addition, the recent Internet and e-commerce explosion has created an even wider need to design corporate web sites. Organizational practices must exist to make sure designers and developers take into account what we know about human factors engineering. This course focuses on how to gather requirements, achieve a usable first draft, and test and improve that draft. A half-dozen course projects include usability critiques, assessments of users' difficulties in understanding systems, and designs of forms, screen layouts, and icons. A mid-term YouTube video project evaluates usability of various PC or mobile devices. A final project provides prototype screens and an in-depth plan for an actual application.

Course information
Class meetings

On campus
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Northwest Science Building B108

Start date

Tuesday, June 20


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 40 students
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  • Faculty

    Dennis F. Galletta, PhD.

    Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Doctoral Program, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

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