CPSC 436
Spring 2000
Computer-Human Interaction

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John Leggett
PHONE: 845-0298
EMAIL: leggett@cs.tamu.edu
OFFICE HOURS: TTH 12:30-1:30

Text: Human-Computer Interaction, Jenny Preece, et al., Addison-Wesley, 1994.
Readings: Readings from the literatures of CHI, CSCW, Digital Libraries, and Hypermedia.
Videos: Videos will be drawn from CHI, CSCW, SIGGRAPH and other venues.


Final course grades will be based on an average: A:100-90; B:89-80; C:79-70; D:69-60; F:59-0.

Exams: Exams 1 and 2 are comprehensive and will cover all discussion in class, all readings and all assignments to date.

Homework: Homework will consist of approximately 5 assignments taken from the current topic being covered in the text or from additional readings.

Icon Lab: The Icon Lab consists of designing user interface abstractions and their icons.

Chapter Presentation/ Class Discussion: Each student will be responsible for presenting one chapter of the text. The presentation will consist of a 20 minute overview of material drawn from the chapter and other resources. The presentation will be done via the WWW using PowerPoint slides. It is expected that additional resources (probably from the Internet) will be linked into the presentation. Each class member should read the material before class and be prepared to participate in the class discussion.

Term Project: 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 four forms: a research paper, a book critique, a tutorial or a programming lab. Each term project must be approved. You will present your project to the class via the web and your grade will reflect the quality of your presentation.

Team Design Project: The class will self-divide into three or four member project groups. Each group will design a future interactive device. We will brainstorm some of these devices and device ideas in class and you will see interesting ideas in the book and other readings for the class. The device will require some amount of industrial design. That is, the device will be a new physical object in the real world. We are as interested in the design process as we are the user interface. All design projects must be approved.