General information for ISU570 Human Computer Interaction - Spring 2009

Professor Futrelle - College of Computer & Information Science, Northeastern U., Boston, MA

Version of January 3, 2009

ISU570 Human Computer Interaction (4 SH)
Studies the principles of human-computer interaction and the practice of user interface design. Discusses the major human information processing subsystems (perception, memory, attention, and problem solving), and how the properties of these systems influence the design of interactive systems. Reviews guidelines and specification languages for designing user interfaces, with an emphasis on tool kits of standard graphical user interface (GUI) objects. Introduces usability metrics and evaluation methods. Additional topics may include World Wide Web design principles and tools; wireless/mobile device interfaces; computer-supported cooperative work; information visualization; and virtual reality. Course work includes designing user interfaces, creating working prototypes using a GUI tool kit, and evaluating existing interfaces using the methods studied. Prerequisites: CSU 370 (Object-oriented Design).

Northeastern University, and the College of Computer & Information Science, Boston, MA.
Professor Robert P. Futrelle   Email me at:,
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Futrelle's Office:
450 West Village H (WVH). Also check my lab 460 WVH.
Hardcopy mailbox:
202 WVH
Futrelle's office: 617-373-4239, Lab: 617-373-4607
Interaction Design by Sharp, Rogers, and Preece, 2nd edition
(Wiley, 2007) ISBN 9780470018668
Personal Help:
Regular office/advising hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 12 noon to 1pm
If you need help at any other time, find Prof. Futrelle or call or send email, or ask in class to set up an appointment.
On-line help:
There is a ton of information on the Web about HCI that you can find. Some useful links for this course have been posted here.
Professor Futrelle's teaching blog:
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Tues, Fri 9:50 AM-11:30 AM (Seq D) Room: 220 Shillman
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