Handout 1: 8/28/01
CPSC 436-500: Computer-Human Interaction
Lecture: TuTh 9:35-10:50, HRBB 126
Web pages: http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~furuta/436/

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

Required textbook:
Jenny Preece, Human-Computer Interaction

Additional readings to be announced.

Approximate Grading Scheme:

   15%	Exam (Tentative date: 10/18)
   20%	Quizzes (5--tentative dates: 9/18, 9/27, 10/11, 11/6, 11/27)
    5%	Final exam (Friday, December 7, 2001, 12:30-2:30 pm)
   10%	Resource presentations (2) and class participation
   15%	Major topic presentation
   15%	Homework assignments
   20%	Term project

Notes:

  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 CPSC436 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. The subscription mechanism will not work if you send your messages encoded in HTML or with the body included as an attachment--use plain text. 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. A pointer to information about chapter resources that you discover should be mailed to chi-resources@csdl.tamu.edu. The archive of these messages will be available off of the class Web page. Doing this is part of the requirements to receive credit for the resource presentation.
  4. If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use electronic mail.
  5. 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.
  6. We will follow Preece fairly directly. The schedule of readings, which details the topics to be covered in the course, will be found at the class Web site.
  7. Examinations will be comprehensive and will cover all course material to date (e.g., both lecture, text, and discussions). Quizzes will cover material since the previous examination.
  8. 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.
  9. Include your name and email address on all assignments. Your class Web site should include copies of all of your assignments.
  10. You will be expected to maintain a personal Web site. Specifications will be distributed as an assignment.
  11. Assignments are to be turned in both in paper and electronic form (via your personal Web site). Assignments will be checked for plagiarism. Assignments that contain plagiarized material will not receive any credit.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. Scholarly dishonesty, especially plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is defined by the University's Student Rules (http://student-rules.tamu.edu/) as "Failing to credit sources used in a work product in an attempt to pass off the work as one's own. Attempting to receive credit for work performed by another, including papers obtained in whole or in part from individuals or other sources."