CMSC 20300: Introduction to Human Computer Interaction


Schedule (Syllabus)

Week  Date Homework
1 Sep 29 What is HCI? The need for design patterns. See "Homework 1" on Wiki. Due by 8AM (CST) Thursday, 1st Oct.
1 Oct 1 Usability; Mental models; Affordances See "Homework 2" on Wiki and you are invited to attend Chris Harrisson's Distinguished HCI Lecture (Monday, Oct 5 on Zoom). Due by 8AM (CST) Wed, 7th Oct.
2 Oct 5 (Visual) Perception See "Homework 3" on Wiki (note that there are two pending homeworks, you can submit them anytime prior to the deadlines, no need to rush them last minute) . Due by 8AM (CST) Thu, 8th Oct.
2 Oct 8 (Re) Action See "Homework 4" on Wiki. (Also, join us for Anind Dey's distinguished HCI lecture or for Ada Lovelace Week 2020!). Due by 8AM (CST), Wed 14th Oct.
3 Oct 12 Designing User Studies (long lecture) No homework; go form groups for mini-project 1 (join us all week for Ada Lovelace Week: http://ada2020.plopes.org). Due by 3.30PM Thursday, 17th Oct (earlier better!).
4 Oct 15 Work on your mini-project 1 (no lecture, last week was double lecture) Work on your mini-project 1.. Due by Tuesday 28th Oct, 8AM (submit all materials via forms and come present in the live class!).
4 Oct 19 Writing and Presenting Work on your mini-project 1.. Due by Tuesday 28th Oct, 8AM (submit all materials via forms and come present in the live class!).
5 Oct 27 Presenting results from your project (5 mins talk, everyone speaks min. 1 min)
5 Nov 3 Understanding User Studies & Perception Weber's Law + No matter what your political inclination is: go vote. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Illinois allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Illinois offers early voting.. Due by Thursday 5th Nov, 8AM.
6 Nov 9 Prototyping Interfaces 3D print file + paper & high-fidelity prototypes. Due by 3D print: Friday 13th Nov, 5PM and Paper+Hi-fi prototype: 16th Nov 10AM.
6 Nov 9 Rapid Prototyping 3D print file + paper & high-fidelity prototypes. Due by 3D print: Friday 13th Nov, 5PM and Paper+Hi-fi prototype: 16th Nov 10AM.
7 Nov 16 3DUI 3DUI optional homework (replaces your lowest homework grade) See wiki for instructions.. Due by Friday Nov 20th, 5PM.
7 Nov 16 AUI Audio-based homework (see wiki for details). Due by Tue Nov24th 5PM (demo live in office hours + submit backup video until here).
8 Nov 23 No class (thanksgiving break)
10 Dec 1 Conclusions: rethinking the key challenges in designing interfaces
11 Dec 10 Final Project presentations!