CSIS 672 – Human-Computer Interaction – Syllabus


Aspen Olmsted
Course website : https://blogs.cofc.edu/olmsteda
Tel: 843.953.6600
Email: Please use aspen.olmsted@cs.cofc.edu with Subject = CSIS672
Office: Harber Walk East CS 5
Office hours: MWF 9:00am – 10:00am

Class place and time

Harber Walk East 334
T 6:00-8:45 PM

Catalog description

CSIS 672 Human Computer Interaction
Introduction to human-computer interaction and user-interface development. Topics include human factors of interactive software, interactive styles, design principles and considerations, development methods and tools, interface quality and evaluation methods. This course stresses the importance of good interfaces and the relationship of user interface design to human-computer interaction. It is intended for students whose future work may involve software development.

Course Outcomes
1. Knowledge and Comprehension – Explain the elements and applications of

  • Key psychological models of human computer interaction
  • Elements from which user interfaces are constructed
  • The development process for user interfaces
  • Participatory design
  • Analytical and empirical methods of evaluation of user interfaces

2. Application and Analysis – Apply skills of

  • Contextual inquiry and participatory design
  • Task analysis
  • Prototyping
  • Analytical methods of evaluation: heuristic evaluation and cognitive walkthrough
  • Empirical methods of evaluation: usability testing

3. Synthesis and Evaluation

  • Contrast the effectiveness of and know when to use different prototyping methods
  • Contrast the effectiveness of and know when to apply different evaluation methods
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of participatory design

Professor Assumptions

I am assuming because you are in this class you want to learn about object-oriented
programming.  Therefore, it is my job to use the 40 hour long classes and 80 hours of outside
work to get you there.

Required text

Human-Computer Interaction (3rd Edition), Prices Range from $26(Used) to $140 (New)

Grading scale

100-90 (A); 89-86 (B+); 85-80 (B); 79-76 (C+); 75-70 (C); 69-66 (D+); 65-60 (D); else (F)

Evaluation schedule

33.3% – Programming Projects
33.3% – Exercise Presentations
33.3% – Research Project

Programming Assignments

Over the semester you will be assigned 2 projects to be completed individually.  One will be a mobile application and one will be a web site.  You will present your applications and relate your design choices back to the material covered in the course.

Exercise Presentations

Each week you will be assigned exercises from the book.  During class I will take volunteers to present their exercises and lead a class discussion.  Over the semester you must present 11 exercises.  If you are going to be traveling make sure you volunteer early to get your requirement out of the way.

Research Project

Each student will prepare a 6 page research paper in IEEE format.  You will be presenting a HCI hypothesis and will perform a study on fellow students as your case study for the class.  You will present your hypothesis, study results and related research at the end of the semester.


Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me individually to discuss your specific needs. Also, please contact the College of Charleston, Center for disability Services http://www.cofc.edu/~cds/ for additional help.

Student Honor Code
I expect you to abide by the Honor Code and the Student Handbook: A Guide to Civil and Honorable Conduct. If you have a question about how to interpret the Honor Code, ask before acting! I encourage collaboration, but you must document it. Thus, each student will submit their own homework and, when collaborating, provide a reference to those people and documents consulted.

Attendance at regular classes is not mandatory, but is a great way to engage the course material and to ask questions. Attendance for tests and the exam is expected (rescheduling for sickness is accommodated). Please do not attend class if you are sick or believe you are becoming ill. It is best to document your absence through an absence report in Undergraduate Academic Services. ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN AT ALL CLASS SESSIONS.

Electronic Devices
The use of electronic devices, both stand-alone and network capable, will play an increasingly important roll in teaching and learning at the College of Charleston, including their use in our classrooms. Just be respectful about unnecessary distractions to you and to others seated around you.

How to report an absence

Students should…

Come to 67 George Street (white house next to Stern Center) to discuss absences and fill out the appropriate forms. Or get forms online at: http://www.cofc.edu/studentaffairs/general_info/absence Forms can be faxed to the College at 953-2290.

Students will need documentation for health, personal or emergency situations.  Athletic Teams and school-sponsored trips will have documented lists of students participating on our letterhead as early in the semester as we get the information from the organization. We would like all information on scheduled outings to reach us at least two full weeks in advance. We will then turn the information back to the coach or advisor.

Academic Integrity
Lying, cheating, attempted cheating, and plagiarism are violations of our Honor Code that, when identified, are investigated. Each incident will be examined to determine the degree of deception involved.

Incidents where the instructor determines the student’s actions are related more to a misunderstanding will be handled by the instructor. A written intervention designed to help prevent the student from repeating the error will be given to the student. The intervention, submitted by form and signed both by the instructor and the student, will be forwarded to the Dean of Students and placed in the student’s file.

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be reported directly by the instructor and/or others having knowledge of the incident to the Dean of Students. A student found responsible by the Honor Board for academic dishonesty will receive a XF in the course, indicating failure of the course due to academic dishonesty. This grade will appear on the student’s transcript for two years after which the student may petition for the X to
be expunged. The student may also be placed on disciplinary probation, suspended (temporary removal) or expelled (permanent removal) from the College by the Honor Board.

Students should be aware that unauthorized collaboration–working together without permission– is a form of cheating. Unless the instructor specifies that students can work together on an assignment, quiz and/or test, no collaboration during the completion of the assignment is permitted. Other forms of cheating include possessing or using an unauthorized study aid (which could include accessing information via a cell phone or computer), copying from others’ exams, fabricating data, and giving unauthorized assistance.

Research conducted and/or papers written for other classes cannot be used in whole or in part for any assignment in this class without obtaining prior permission from the instructor. Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in the Student  Handbook at http://studentaffairs.cofc.edu/honor-system/studenthandbook/index.php

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