Handout 1: 1/20/99
CPSC 489-500: Computer-Human Interaction
Lecture: MWF 9:10-10:00, HRBB 126
Web pages: http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~furuta/489chi/

Instructor: Richard Furuta, HRBB 402C, 845-3839, furuta@cs.tamu.edu
Office hours: Monday 3-4, Wednesday 4-5, or by appointment

Required textbook:
Jenny Preece, Human-Computer Interaction

Approximate Grading Scheme:

  15%     Exam one (2/19/99)
  15%     Exam two (tentatively on 4/7/99)
  10%	  Final exam (5/10/99)
  25%     Programming/homework assignments
  25%     Term project
  10%     Class chapter presentation and class participation


  1. 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. (CPSC436 is the number that will be used for this class beginning in Fall 1999.) Class messages also will be archived at the course's Web site (see above for location). You should check your account for mail regularly.
  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. We will follow Preece fairly directly. Expect to read 3 or 4 chapters a week, possibly augmented with external readings. The schedule of readings, which details the topics to be covered in the course, will be found at the class Web site.
  5. Examinations will be comprehensive and will cover all course material to date (e.g., both lecture, text, and discussions).
  6. 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 examinations.
  7. 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 30% per class day or fraction of day late, starting at class time.