TDA286|INL040

Human-Computer Interaction | Spring 2004

hci-04@cs.chalmers.se

» NEWS

04.07.22 Corrected final version are being returned 26th July:
We are sorry for this delay. Corrected assignments and individual thesis can be picked up from boxes outside the office doors of Morten Fjeld, 6th floor (by the lift); where handed in. Design assignments out already.
04.05.14 Time and place ragarding the written test (tentamen) added under the headline with the same name.

Course material added
04.05.11 Course material added
04.05.08 Examination: Form and typical issues will be explained in the lecture of Thursday 13th May, 10-12.
04.05.07 Course material added

The last exercises, both monday and thursday in week 20, will be dedicated to tutoring with the assignment and thesis. We will be in the classroom answering questions.
04.05.05 The final exercise, thursday the 13th of May, will be dedicated for questions and coaching about the assignments.

The exercise thursday the 6th of May will be held kl 13-15 in room VV1 (V-huset, västra trappan, plan 1)
04.05.04 Information regarding Details and deadlines for ASSIGNMENT and for INDIVIDUAL THESIS added under "Examination".
04.05.02 Exercise material added.
04.04.27 Small changes of the schedule (order of lectures), browse the course schedule for more details.
04.04.26 Course material added
04.04.22 Course material added
04.04.21 Updated exercises 4, 5 and 6
04.04.19 More details of the assignments and thesis has been added, also on the design task. Also the paper template is now available in .DOC format
04.04.17 Individual thesis; Literature review: More details on how to select the literature has been added on the bottom of the course site.
04.04.11 Here you find instructions for assignment and individual thesis, you can also find the document under the headline "categories, guidelines, and format for written work".
04.04.01 Do you have a group for the assignment please send an email with the groupmembers to hci-04@cs.chalmers.se. If you don't have a group send also a email to hci-04@cs.chalmers.se and we will fix you up with two other people.
04.03.29 You can now download the taught lectures if you follow the link "Course Schedule & Course Material".
:: Course Schedule & Course Material
:: Exercise Material
:: Templates

» purpose of the course

The aim of this course is to give participants basic knowledge about human-computer interaction. It will present and discuss human cognition and present a user's perspective to computer-supported work. The design of interactive computer systems that are effective, efficient, easy, and enjoyable to use is of prime importance. The course will cover a broad knowledge regarding the human-friendly interface design. After this course, participants shall be able to solve standard interface design problems and be able to go deeper into any specific design area by taking advanced lectures or even by self-study.

» course credits

The course is offered in two versions: 4p for Chalmers students and 5p for GU and IT-university students. The curriculum is the same for all participants. The only difference between the two versions is that students who go for 5p additionally will write an individual thesis.

» lecturers and student assistants

Fang Chen, Docent, Associate Professor
Morten Fjeld, Associate Professor
Anders Öhlund, course web support
Eva Eriksson, teaching assistant
Samuel Palm, teaching assistant

Student Representers:
GU | David Johansson
CTH | Ana Magazinovic

» textbook

A. Dix, J. E. Finlay, G. D. Abowd, R. Beale (2004): Human-Computer Interaction, 3rd edition. Pearson Education Limited, ISBN: 0130-461091.
Web support: www.hcibook.com

» course modalities

The course will require active participation in four distinct teaching modalities: lectures, exercises, assignments, and individual theses. These four modalities, lectures, exercises, assignment, and individual thesis, are described in the following:

Participants are strongly required to actively attend the lectures (föreläsningar). Some of the important information and discussion will be given in the lectures only. Participants are strongly recommended to read the textbook respective chapter(s) before the corresponding lecture.

There will be 14 exercises (övningar). In the first exercise session, participants shall form groups of 6 students each, these remaining fixed for rest of the course. Exercises will be handed out at the beginning of each exercise session, one sheet of paper per group. By the end of an exercise session, each group gives a 5 minutes presentation to the other participants.

Groups of 3 students can work together for the assignment (inlämningsuppgift). The criteria of the assignment will be given in the beginning of the course (available on this website). The assignment shall be 10 pages (not more, not less) and according to categories, guidelines, and format for written work; papers not respecting all this, will not be corrected nor accepted. The assignment shall be handed in twice, first as a draft version, then as a final version. Both versions will be corrected and returned.

The individual thesis (enskild uppsats) is only for students who go for 5p version. Criteria for the individual thesis will be given in the beginning of the course (available on this website). The assignment shall be 4 pages (not more, not less) and according to categories, guidelines, and format for written work; papers not respecting all this, will not be corrected nor accepted. The individual thesis shall be handed in twice: first as a draft version, then as a final version. Both versions will be corrected and returned.

» language

All the lectures will be given in English. Assignment and individual thesis shall be written in English (UK or US).

» written test (tentamen)

A written test is compulsory and will take place on Wednesday 2 June 8.45-12.45 at Maskinhuset. The written test has two parts; part one is compulsory; part two is optional. Part one consists of multiple choices followed by ordinary questions. It represents a minimum to have the course accepted (godkänt). Therefore, all multiple choices and questions in part one must be accomplished. Part two will consist either of a design task or an evaluation task; it will be corrected only if part one is accepted (godkänt).

» examination

To pass the course (för godkänd kurs), participants must have successfully accomplished the written test and the assignment. Participants must hand in the draft version of the assignment before the written test. Corrections of the assignment draft version will be available within 5 workdays after the written test. Draft version and final version of the individual thesis can be handed in after the written test; deadlines will be provided on this website.

4p course version: written test 60%, assignment 40%
5p course version: written test 50%, assignment 30%, individual thesis 20%

Details and deadlines for ASSIGNMENT and for INDIVIDUAL THESIS:
Both electronic AND paper versions must be handed in.
Electronic version: pdf-file to hci-04@cs.chalmers.se (max 500 KB).
Paper version: Single-sided, printed, white paper only. Please staple the papers in correct order.

Deadlines:
17th May, 18:00: Draft verison must be submitted.
24th May: Corrected draft version is returned.
6th June, 18:00: Final version must be submitted.
22nd June: Corrected final version is returned.

Place to submit and pick up papers:
Box outside the office doors of Morten Fjeld, 6th floor and/or at the entrance of the corridor next to his office (by the lift).

» categories, guidelines, and format for written work

The assignment and the individual thesis (here: papers) must both fulfill the requirements given next. Papers belong to one of three categories and must fulfill a set of respective criteria. Additionally, papers must respect writing guidelines and paper format, which are given as separate documents.

Papers are written in one of these categories:
a) Design task
b) Evaluation task
c) Literature study


A design task is the prototyping or design of an interactive computer-based artifact, tool, or system. Papers describing a design task must include (not necessarily in this order): design criteria; design methodology and process; evaluation sketch; next design steps. An evaluation task is the evaluation of an interactive computer-based artifact, tool, or system. A paper describing an evaluation task must include (not necessarily in this order): purpose of study; brief historical background; user types; use cases; user needs; usability and ergonomics aspects; evaluation results; improvement suggestions. For both design task and evaluation task papers, there must be a discussion that discusses the results of the work presented followed by a conclusion that draws conclusions on the work presented. A literature study is at least as demanding as one of the two preceding categories; please contact one of the lecturers for detailed criteria.

The writing guidelines inform on how to write a good paper; they should not be taken literally, but as qualified directions. The paper format is a standardized layout for a paper and should be followed to 100%. Both documents are based on conference material offered by the ACM SIG-CHI.

Instructions for assignment and individual thesis (.PDF)
Individual thesis; Literature review: More details on how to select the literature (.PDF)
Paper Template (.DOC)

last updated | 2004.08.11