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Human Computer Interaction.

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HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION CIH 2310 INDIVIDUAL REPORT SAIMA HINA C0254023 SHELLEY WOLFSON I chose www.channel4.co.uk as the interface to evaluate and redesign for this assignment as this website intrested me the most. The method which I chose to evaluate this system was Shneiderman's Golden Rules. This method was very useful for evaluating the usability of the system. I understood the usability aspects first and then related them to the Channel4 website. The methods used for capturing user requirements were Observation, Questionnaire and Survey.. These methods were chosen because they were Easy, Cost Effective and Time Effective. The results which I obtained were very useful for redesigning the website. I found out what different users needs were and what users wanted to remain on the website, taken off, added to, and changed on the website. I chose to do a paper based prototypefor my system because it was simple, cheap and quick. If I had to do this assignment again, I would use Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules to identify the usability of the system, as I found them very useful both to understand and apply to the website. ...read more.

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If I had to redesign the website I would still choose to do a paper based prototype but as well as that I would redesign the website, in detail, using Netscape Composer or Dream Weaver. This reason for doing this would be so that users could see the colours used, text size, images, pictures and search boxes etc on the website. I would make sure that the hyperlinks worked so that the users were able to complete the tasks. I enjoyed doing this assignment because it required a lot of research and knowledge prior to evaluating the website and it also required a lot of testing to be done before knowing what the users needs were and what changes needed to be made to the website. Most of all I enjoyed redesigning the website because I was clear of what the users wanted to remain, taken off, added and changed on the webpage. I enjoyed testing the prototype on users and was pleased to see that users liked the changes which I had made in the redesign. ...read more.

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I feel that my understanding of this topic has developed and enhanced very much, the main reason is because this assignment required a lot of research and reading to be done beforehand. Also all the reading had to be related to the system which I had chosen. I now have a clear picture of what users like to see on websites and what things interest and attract them to using the website. I also have a deeper knowledge of how users interact with their system. By asking users to complete tasks I also gained more knowledge about what users look for on a website, the things they like to see, for example pictures and things they find annoying, like the movement or popup adverts. I have come to a conclusion that users like their website to be attractive so that they enjoy using it, this also makes them want to use the system more. Users also like to take minimum amount of steps to complete a task. Human Computer Interaction (CIH 2310) Tutorial Group 2 Shelley Wolfson 4th March 2004 1 ...read more.

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