The textbook will be supplemented by additional material made available at http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~haowei/courses/cpsc436/supplemental-readings.html. Note that you have to be on the Texas A&M University computer network, or be using TAMU VPN, to access these documents.
This material will include useful pointers and references for your projects and homeworks. Questions about the on-line materials will be included on the exams.
Exam I 15% Exam II 15% Exam III 15% Team project 20% Short assignments 25% Class participation 10%
Assignment List (to be updated throughout the semester)
Assignment 1: due 9/7/2006
Assignment 2: due 9/28/2006
Assignment 3: due 10/17/2006
Final Project Reports: due 12/05/2006
Homework late policy:
Homework is due at the beginning of class session on the due date. 10% is deducted from your grade for every school day late up to a maximum of one week after the original due date.
Individual Assignment Topics:
During the course of the semester there will be a number of assignments that will involve considering the design of a particular class of computer interface. Below is a list of applications that may be helpful when coming up with a topic.
Example topics: word processor, spreadsheet, Internet browser, operating / file system, tax preparation software, drawing program, image processing software, inventory software, retail checkout software, presentation software, encyclopedia, dictionary / thesaurus, first-person action game, strategy game, ATM software, VCR software, videoconferencing software, meeting room whiteboard software, visual programming environment, math tutoring software, medical information software, air traffic control software, home design software, legal advice software, electronic textbook, music composition software, video editing software, home-control software, grocery shopping system, airline reservations system, foreign language translator, project management software, system debugging software, scanning / OCR software, real estate / rental location tool, electronic mail reader, computer chat system, peronalized newspaper, computerized roadmap, idea generation tool, visualization software, real-time shared editor, calendar / meeting scheduling system, algorithm visualization tool, software debugging tool, WWW visualization tool
Programming for projects:
Done in language and operating system of your choice on machines to which you have access. It is your responsibility to ensure that your project can be demonstrated in the classroom.
class 2: (Aug. 31) Chapter 1, Interaction Design, slides
class 3: (Sept. 5) Chapter 2, Understanding and Conceptualizing Interaction, slides
class 4: (Sept. 7) Chapter 3, Understanding Users, slides
class 5: (Sept. 12) Chapter 4, Designing for Collaboration and Communication, slides
class 6: (Sept. 14) Chapter 5, Understanding How Interfaces Affect Users, slides
class 7: (Sept. 19) Project Progress Reports
class 8: (Sept. 21) Exam I, (over chapters 1-5, supplemental readings & guest lectures)
class 9: (Sept. 26) Chapter 6, The Process of Interaction Design, slides
class 10: (Sept. 28) Guest Lecture, Visualization and Spatial Hypertext
class 11: (Oct. 3) Chapter 7, Identifying Needs and Establishing Requirements, slides
class 12: (Oct. 5) Chapter 8, Design, Prototyping, and Construction, slides
class 13: (Oct. 10) Guest Lecture, Walden's Paths & Managing Distributed Libraries
class 14: (Oct. 12) Chapter 9, User-Centered Approaches to Interaction Design, slides
class 15: (Oct. 17) Guest Lecture, Design Exploration
class 16: (Oct. 19) Guest Lecture, Intelligent User Interfaces, slides
class 17: (Oct. 24) Project Progress Reports
class 18: (Oct. 26) Chapter 10, Introducing Evaluation, slides
class 19: (Oct. 31) Exam II, (over chapters 6-10, supplemental readings & guest lectures)
class 20: (Nov. 2) Guest Lecture, Interfaces for Managing Personal Music Collections
class 21: (Nov. 7) Guest Lecture, Interfaces to Scholarly Collections
class 22: (Nov. 9) Chapter 11, An Evaluation Framework, slides
class 23: (Nov. 14) Chapter 12, Observing Users, slides
class 24: (Nov. 16) Chapter 13, Asking Users and Experts, slides
class 25: (Nov. 21)
Chapter 14, Testing and Modeling Users, slides
A cool input device.
class 26: (Nov. 28)
Chapter 15, Design and Evaluation in the Real World, slides
Project overview on Hyper-Hitchcock.
class 27: (Nov. 30) Exam III, (over chapters 11-15, supplemental readings & guest lectures)
class 28: (Dec. 5) Final Project Presentations
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