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User-Centred Design of Systems : Applied Computing - Jan Noyes

User-Centred Design of Systems

Applied Computing

Paperback Published: 16th July 1999
ISBN: 9783540760078
Number Of Pages: 222

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System design has conventionally been the province of engineers, and the approaches taken to the design of systems have conventionally led to formal specification of the system. The past decade or two has seen the rise of another approach, that of human-computer interaction (HCI). Given the number of incidents and accidents which are attributed to 'human error', it is sensible to develop an approach to system design which views humans as an essential element in the system. Thus, an important aspect of designing systems is the study of the interaction between humans and the technology that they use. In terms of bringing computers and computing to a wide audience, the 1980s were the boom years. The first personal computer (PC) was launched onto the market in February 1978, and since then, PCs have become a common-place feature of our homes, offices, schools, retail outlets, hospitals, banks, etc. Within Western society today, there are very few organisations that have not been infiltrated by computer technology, and few individuals who have not had experience of computers. However, the increase in use of computers has not been matched with a corresponding spread of training of users; much of the human-computer interaction research has sought to design systems which do not require special training, i. e. which people can simply walk up to and use. Not surprisingly, this has resulted in a number of difficulties; some of which have yet to be satisfactorily resolved.

Defining Systemsp. 1
What Is a System?p. 3
Who Will Use the System?p. 17
What Will the System Be Used For?p. 37
What Are the Main Components of the System?p. 55
Developing Systemsp. 81
How Will the System Be Designed?p. 83
How Well Do the Users Think the System Works?p. 103
How Well Does the System Really Work?p. 119
How Well Does the System Under Development Work?p. 135
Can the System Be Improved?p. 147
Deploying Systemsp. 165
How Can the System Be Introduced Into a Workplace?p. 167
How Will the System Be Used in the Workplace?p. 185
Bibliographyp. 195
Referencesp. 197
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9783540760078
ISBN-10: 3540760075
Series: Applied Computing
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 16th July 1999
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.62  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38