Psychological Methods for System Evaluation

Module code: 803C8
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module introduces you to some of the methods and statistical analysis that psychologists use. You will consider a range of methods including interview, observational methods, questionnaires and laboratory methods used by system emulators. The module is aimed at helping you design a scientific method of comparing the effectiveness of different technologies or devices. You will work in small groups to design an experiment and test a piece of equipment/gather opinions about a piece of technology.

Likely topics include the evaluation of computer input devices to assess their efficiency and user preference; a comparison of two types of media and the way users interact with them; or a questionnaire study designed to elicit users’ mental models of how a selected piece of technology works. You will learn the format of writing reports and technical specifications used in industry, suitable for publication.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the design experimental studies and an ability to conduct them.
  • Analyse and interpret empirical data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to apply selected empirical research methods.
  • Coherently and precisely write reports of experimental studies.