Mensch-Computer-Systeme B.Sc.
Human-Computer Interaction M.Sc.

Bachelor Mensch-Computer-Systeme

About the Bachelor “Mensch-Computer-Systeme”

  • “Mensch-Computer-Systeme” is a six-semester undergraduate degree course at the University of Würzburg in the areas of computer science and psychology, offered for the first time in summer 2010.
  • The degree prepares students for a career in the fields of user experience, human computer interaction or software development.
  • The interdisciplinary investigation of questions about information technology in the context of psychological effects is the core of the Bachelor program. It is, therefore, resident both in the Faculty of Human Sciences and in the Faculty of Mathematics Informatics.

On the following pages, students will find information on the Bachelor of "Mensch-Computer-Systeme".

Subjects of study

In the modern world, more and more tasks are performed with the support of interactive computer systems. Possible fields of application can be found both in socially as well as economically relevant areas, e.g. within

  • Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Teaching and training
  • Entertainment
  • Product development and manufacture
  • Transport sector

The Bachelor “Mensch-Computer-Systeme” forms professionals who tailor these systems to the needs of the users so that they can be efficiently, effectively and satisfactorily serviced. In the first semesters, the students learn the basics of ergonomics, programming, and statistical data evaluation; In the higher semesters, they increasingly choose their own focus from a variety of offers from the core areas of computer science and psychology.

Content

The core of Bachelor's "Mensch-Computer-Systeme" consists of imparting knowledge about the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive applications., In the first semesters, the students learn the basics of ergonomics, psychology, programming and statistical data evaluation; In the higher semesters, they increasingly choose their own focus from a multitude of specialized offers from the core areas of human-computer interaction. The following abilities are to be taught during the study:

Design

  • Definition of functional requirements in contact with clients
  • Insight into human factors and how cognitive models should influence the design
  • Knowledge of the principles of communication design and experience with it
  • Understanding the influence of technical framework conditions on the design
  • Usage of evaluation results within an iterative design process

Implementation

  • Programming skills
  • Familiarity with standard programming languages
  • Ability to fast prototyping
  • Competency with informatics and sufficient knowledge for effective communication and decision-making of technical details during implementation
  • Fundamental foundations in data structures, algorithms, operating systems and platforms

Evaluation

  • Interview, context survey and other methods to meet demand analysis
  • Usability testing
  • Experimental student design
  • Qualitative and quantitative survey methods
  • Statistical analysis and interpretation

The entire scope of the course is composed of classical lectures, project work in small groups and internships. A comprehensive internship in industry or research is mandatory for orientation and preparation for a career.