CPSC 610: Hypertext
Spring Semester, 2007
Time and place: T/Th 3:55 - 5:10 pm, Room 119A ZACH
Instructor: Dr. Frank Shipman
Office hours: HRBB 402B, TBD, or by appointment
Description of Course
This course covers topics related to hypertext systems, hypertext
design, and hypertext theory. In particular, it covers the origins
of the concept of hypertext, the development of the first hypertext
systems in the 1960s, the explosion of hypertext systems in the 1980s,
and the move to the World Wide Web and alternative models of hypertext
(e.g. spatial hypertext) in the 1990s. Topics include open-hypermedia
systems, notions of time and synchronization in hypertext, adaptive
hypertext, design methods for hypertexts, and the theoretical implications
of hypertext on human communication.
Students should have some knowledge computer-human interaction (CHI).
It is good to have taken one CHI class but this is not required.
See the instructor if you are unsure.
collected journal and conference papers
copies of these will be purchased from the copy center during the semester
There might be slides from the discussants presentation on their
web pages from assignment 1 ... here is the
list of students.
The class will include projects, readings, exams, and short assignments.
Projects will be group projects (3-5 members, with more members indicating
a larger project.) Individual student's grades for projects will be
influenced by their teamwork as evaluated by the other project group
members. Project topics can be most anything having to do with hypertext
(e.g. building a new system, adding more advanced hypertext functionality
to the Web, evaluating the use/impact of a hypertext, or creating a
hypertext for a particular application.) Project topics must be
approved by the instructor.
Grading will be based on reading and participation in class, homeworks,
exams, and projects. Project grades will combine the overall grade for the
project and team members relative effort.
class participation 20%
exams 40% (sample questions)
Project Report Format
Your project reports are to be formatted according to the ACM
Conference Format. You can cut and paste into this format and use the
paragraph styles provided. Here is a link to the MS Word Template. You can find RTF and
Maker Interchange File formats at this ACM SIGCHI page.