CS5760 Course Policies


Robert Pastel
204 Rekhi
pastel at mtu.edu

Class Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday at 11:05-12:20 in Fisher 129.

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
  • Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction, Jonathan Lazar, Jinjuan Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheiser, Wiley, ISBN 978-0-470-72337-1


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

Learning Objectives

  • You will demonstrate the ability to evaluate a system to meet the desired needs within realistic constraints by evaluating an user interface with constraints defined by the client sponsoring the app, potential users and the platform (web) for implementation.
  • You will demonstrate the ability to function on a multidisciplinary team by working on team that includes your client, undergraduate Computer Science students in the HCI Design and Implementation course, and Communication students in the Usability and Instruction Writing course.
  • You will demonstrate broad familiarity with theories, practices, challenges, and context of usability by evaluating of user interface of your app, research and present on a modern topic in HCI.


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.

References to University Policies

University policies on Academic Integrity, Assessment, Disabilities Services, Institutional Equity and Inclusions, Veteran/Military, and Equal Opportunity, Discrimination, or Harassment Statement can be found at: