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Brown, R. B. K.. (2005). OZCHI 2005 doctoral consortium application. In T. Bentley & S. Balbo (Eds.), OZCHI '05 - Proceedings of the 17th Australia Conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Citizens Online: Considerations for Today and the Future (pp. 1-5). Australia: Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of Australia.


Formal methods of generating and specifying requirements have a chequered past when it comes to dealing with interface design. The Human Computer Interface (HCI) community have not adopted formal methods with open arms [Paterno 96]. If the accurate determination of stakeholder requirements is a significant factor in determining software project success, this thesis turns to a theory based in psychology and sociology to understand these capricious actors, the misunderstanding of whose whims can bring down 70% of software projects. This thesis will deploy Activity Theory as a basis for a proposed system design method and present initial conceptions and some preliminary case-study findings in support. It is anticipated that such a method could bring significant benefits, especially to a particular and growing class of projects; those whose functionality relies heavily upon user interaction.

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Australia Conference on Computer-Human Interaction