Handout 1: 9/3/96
Computer-Human Interaction
CPSC 489-504
Lecture: TuTh 2:20-3:35, HRBB 126

Instructor: Richard Furuta, HRBB 402C, 845-3839, furuta@cs.tamu.edu
Office hours: TuTh 4-5 or by appointment

Required textbook:
Jenny Preece, Human-Computer Interaction

Approximate Grading Scheme:

  25%     Exam one; October 17
  15%     Exam two (final); Wednesday, December 18, 1-3 pm
  20%     Programming/homework assignments
  25%     Term project
  15%     Chapter summaries/discussion

Rough course schedule
We will follow Preece fairly directly. Expect to read 3 or 4 chapters a week, augmented with external readings.


  1. We will to use electronic mail for announcements. You should check your account for mail regularly. Also see http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/"furuta/uchi
  2. If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use electronic mail.
  3. Examinations will be comprehensive and will cover all course material to date (e.g., both lecture, text, and discussions).
  4. There will be no makeup examinations. If you have a valid medical excuse, the examination component of your grade will be computed based on the other examination.
  5. Projects 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 catastrophy. (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 assigments will be decremented by 30% per day or fraction of day late, starting at class time.
  6. The purpose of the term project is to expose the student to a topic of current research interest in the CHI community. The term project may take one of two forms: a research paper or a programming lab. Each term project must be approved. You will present your results to the class and your grade will reflect the quality of your oral and written presentation. Term projects may be completed either individually or in a group, but the project grade will reflect the number of participants.
  7. The discussion grade will reflect your in-class participation. The format for the chapter summaries will be presented later, but is essentially just a check to make sure you are keeping up-to-date with the reading.