Accession Number : ADA288908

Title :   Factors in Human-Computer Interface Design (A Pilot Study).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUIS ITION MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s) : Stewart, Susan

PDF Url : ADA288908

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 205

Abstract : The DoD has budgeted over $9.8 billion for 1995 for information technology, yet many government office workers let their existing systems sit idle. This thesis explores why these computers are sitting idle. This researcher's initial hypothesis was that certain features of the human-computer interface can positively or negatively affect efficiency, retention, and satisfaction level of workers. Although some research is being done in this area, interfaces continue to be of poor quality, especially in the DoD, where long procurement cycles, forced purchases, and limited budgets result in out-of-date software. Intuitively most programmers know the human-computer interface impacts on a person's ability to learn, but to what degree? This study is designed to test four basic human-computer interface features: color, white space, verb tense, and parallelism. In addition, it is designed to test the interaction between visual and linguistic features, color and verb tense, as well as between white space and parallelism.

Descriptors :   *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, *OFFICE PERSONNEL, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IMPACT, DATA MANAGEMENT, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, THESES, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, EXPERT SYSTEMS, COMPUTER VISION, HYPOTHESES, PILOT STUDIES, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, PROGRAMMERS, JOB SATISFACTION, MILITARY BUDGETS, LINGUISTICS.

Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE