CS5760 Course Policies


Robert Pastel
204 Rekhi
pastel at mtu.edu

Class Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday at 11:05-12:20 in MEEM 406.

Required Texts

  • Interaction Design, Preece, Rogers and Sharp, Wiley, any version, my early version is ISBN 0-471-49278-7
  • Usability Testing and Research, Barnum, Longman Publishers, ISBN 0-205-31519-4

Referenced Texts

I used these text books to prepare the class notes:

  • Human-Computer Interaction, Dix et. al.,  Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-12-239864-8
  • The Humane Interface, Raskin, Addison Wesley,  ISBN 0-201-37937-6
  • Usability Engineering, Rosson and Carrol, Morgan Kaufmann, ISBN 1-55860-712-9
  • Designing the User Interface, Shneiderman, Addison Wesley Longman, ISBN 0-201-69497-2
  • Interaction Design, Preece, Robers, and Sharp, Wiley, ISBN 0-471-49278-7
  • The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction, Card, Moran and Newell, Lawrence Erlbaum Ass. Publishers, 1983
  • User-Centered Website Development, McCracken and Wolfe, Printice Hall, ISBN 0-13-0411611-2
  • Usability Testing and Research, Barnum, Longman Publishers, ISBN 0-205-31519-4
  • Volume 1: Xlib programming manual by Adrian Nye, 3rd edition, June 1992. O’Reilly & Associates, Inc.
  • Edward R. Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, ISBN 0-9613921-0-X
  • Edward R. Tufte, Visual Explanatins, Graphics Press, ISBN 0-9613921-2-6
  • Universal Principles of Design, William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Bulter, Rockport  Publishers Inc., ISBN 1-59253-007-6
  • The Resonant Interface, Steven Heim, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-37596-3
  • Sketching User Experiences, Bill Buxton, Focal Press, ISBN 0-12-374037-1
  • Software For Use, Larry Constantien and Lucy Lockwood, Addison Wesley, ISBN o-201-92478-1


The course goals are proficiency in HCI evaluation and advance study of an HCI topic.


You will not be required to program, but you will need experience working in groups.


The course has two major components: HCI topic study and HCI evaluations.  The HCI study is a semester long project, which consists of a presentation introducing the topic and a paper proposing and justifying your ideas. You may choose your own topic. You also assist the undergraduate projects by making formal evaluations of their design and at the end of the semester you will design, conduct and analyze a usability test on one of the undergraduate projects.

Class Participation

You must be present for the project presentations; absolutely no excuses.  You must also attend class for discussions and collaborating with undergraduate groups.

Course Grade

Your course grade will be determined by your performance on the HCI topic, evaluations of the undergraduate projects and course participation. Participation includes assisting undergraduate groups and discussion during lectures. This is a graduate course, so I will not give you percentage breakdown of the grading.

Academic Integrity

Graduate students work with teams and may discuss any aspect of the project with their team and other graduate students, but writing the assignments or reports for the team is to be an individual effort.


Please let me know if you have a disability that requires special arrangements.