Handout 1: 1/16/01
CPSC 671-600: Computer-Human Interaction
Lecture: TuTh 11:10-12:25, HRBB 126
Web pages: http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~furuta/671/

Instructor: Richard Furuta, HRBB 402C, 845-3839, furuta@cs.tamu.edu
Office hours: Tuesdays 2-3:30, or by appointment.

Required textbook:
Ronald M. Baecker, Jonathan Grudin, William A. S. Buxton, and Saul Greenberg. Human-Computer Interaction: Toward the Year 2000. Second edition. Morgan Kaufmann. 1995.

Additional readings to be announced.

Approximate Grading Scheme:

   15%	Course presentations
   15%	Short quizzes (approximately every three weeks; more often if needed)
   10%	Class participation
   30%	Written assignments
   30%	Term project


  1. Refer to the course's Web page for copies of assignments and other handouts.
  2. We will use electronic mail for announcements. To receive the class announcements, you need to register your email address. Send an email message to listproc@csdl.tamu.edu, with a body of
    	SUBSCRIBE CPSC671 your name
    where you make the obvious replacement of your name with your name. Note that this host is not the regular CS department computer. Class messages also will be archived at the course's Web site (see above for location). You should check your account for mail regularly.
  3. If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use electronic mail.
  4. The course Web site will be updated regularly to contain information of importance to the class. This will include copies of handouts, copies of slides, and the course's working schedule. You should check it regularly.
  5. Quizzes are intended to make sure that you are keeping up with the reading.
  6. There will be no makeup examinations or quizzes. If you have a valid medical excuse, the examination component of your grade will be computed based on the other examinations.
  7. Include your name and email address on all assignments. Your class Web site should include copies of all of your assignments.
  8. Assignments are to be turned in both in paper and electronic form. Assignments will be checked for plagiarism. Assignments that contain plagiarized material will not receive any credit.
  9. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Due dates will be set to give ample time for completion of the project and will not be extended save for the unexpected and unlikely major, long-lived catastrophe. Individual accommodations will be discussed if you have a valid medical excuse. Start projects early--last minute computer malfunctions will not be accepted as reason for delaying an assignment's due date. Changes to an assignment's due date will be avoided because they are unfair to those students who have organized their time to complete the assignment. Late assignments will be decremented by 10% per class day or fraction of day late, starting at class time.
  10. Final course grades are based on the overall average. You are guaranteed a grade based on a 10% window (e.g., 90-100% is an A). Individual grade windows may be increased in size if the instructor finds it appropriate (e.g., if you have 89% you might get an A but you will get nothing lower than a B).