CS 3724 -- Introduction to HCI

Fall 2001 -- TTH 12:30-1:45
McBryde 126

Scott McCrickard
623 McBryde Hall
Office Hours: TTH 2-3, 5-6 or by appointment

Teaching Assistant
Peter Schoenhoff
Office Hours: MW 12-2 in McBryde 133

Ben Shneiderman, Designing the User Interface, Addison-Wesley.
Donald A. Norman, The Design of Everyday Things, Currency Doubleday.

Course Description
From the course catalog: Survey of human-computer interaction concepts, theory, and practice. Basic components of human-computer interaction. Interdisciplinary underpinnings. Informed and critical evaluation of computer-based technology. User-oriented perspective, rather than system-oriented, with two thrusts: human (cognitive, social) and technological (input/output, interactions styles, devices). Design guidelines, evaluation methods, participatory design, communication between users and system developers. Junior level standing required.
Topics we will cover include design guidelines, interface builders, direct manipulation, interaction devices, design processes, usability testing, documentation, information visualization, and hypermedia.

Short announcements will be sent to the mailing list, or listserv. The listserv is also the best place for you to post questions or comments that may be of general interest to the class.

A full syllabus will be maintained on the class Web page. Information about lectures, assignments, and exams will be added to the class Web page throughout the quarter. An outline of each lecture will be linked to the Course Topics section of the page. Assignments and exam review materials will be linked to the Assignment and Exam Due Dates section.

Listserv: CS3724_91316@LISTSERV.VT.EDU
Web page: http://courses.cs.vt.edu/~cs3724/fall2001/
Final grades: http://courses.cs.vt.edu/~cs3724/fall2001/finalgrades.htm

Course Topics (subject to change)

Aug 28 Intro and History DTUI Ch 1
Aug 30 The H, the C, and the I DTUI Ch 1, DOET Ch 1
Sep 4 Human Limitations and Error DTUI Ch 10, DOET Ch 5
Sep 6 Design Guidelines DTUI Ch 2, DOET Ch 2
Sep 13 Intro to Design and Usability DTUI Ch 3, 4, DOET Ch 6, 7
Sep 18 Design Guidelines and Metrics DTUI Ch 3, Ivory paper
Sep 20 Usability Testing DTUI Ch 4
Sep 25 Direct Manipulation DTUI Ch 6
Sep 27 Alternatives to Direct Manipulation
Oct 2 Midterm
Oct 9 Designing the User Interface
Oct 11 Homework 2 Presentations
Oct 16 Information Visualization (IV) DTUI Ch 16, all IV/AV slides
Oct 18 Types of IVs DTUI Ch 16
Oct 23 IV Types continued DTUI Ch 16
Oct 25 IV in the Periphery DTUI Ch 16
Oct 30 Software and Algorithm Visualization
Nov 1 Usability Studies usability study slides
Nov 6 Data Collection and Analysis collection/analysis slides
Nov 8 CSCW DTUI Ch 14, CSCW slides
Nov 13 CSCW Examples DTUI Ch 14
Nov 15 AI and HCI DTUI Ch 8, AI+HCI slides
Nov 27 Hypermedia DTUI Ch 15, Jakob Nielsen's Web site, hypermedia slides
Nov 29 Hypermedia and the Web DTUI Ch 15, Jakob Nielsen's Web site
Dec 4 Project Presentations
Dec 6 Project Presentations
Dec 11 Final Review

Assignment and Exam Due Dates

Sep 11 Homework 1
Sep 25 Homework 2 Part 1
Oct 2 Midterm (see early powerpoint slides)
Oct 4 Project Part 0
Oct 11 Homework 2 Part 2
Oct 18 Project Part 1
Nov 8 Homework 3
Nov 15 Project Part 2
Dec 4, 6 Project Presentations
Dec 11 Final Project Writeup
Dec 18 Final Exam (10:05-12:05, place TBA)

Evaluation Summary

Project 35%
Homeworks 20%
Midterm 15%
Final 20%
Participation 10%

Contact Information:

Scott McCrickard
623 McBryde Hall
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0106