Handout 1: 8/28/01
CPSC 689-605: User Interfaces for Information Visualization
Lecture: TuTh 11:10-12:25, ZACH 128A
Web pages: http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~furuta/689iv/

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

Course Description: Covers information visualization techniques with emphasis on application to user interface design. Focus on interactive representations to present static and dynamic information spaces, potentially including transformation of the display substrate's viewing characteristics.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in CPSC or permission of instructor

Required textbook:
Stuart K. Card, Jock D. MacKinlay, and Ben Shneiderman. Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think. Morgan Kaufmann. 1999. ISBN 1-55860-533-9.

Additional readings to be announced.

Approximate Grading Scheme:

   15%	Class presentations and participation
   25%	Assignments
   30%	Term project
   30%	Examinations


  1. Refer to the course's Web page for copies of assignments and other handouts.
  2. If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use electronic mail.
  3. 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.
  4. Include your name and email address on all assignments. Your personal Web site should include copies of all of your assignments.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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."