ISU570 -- Human-Computer Interaction
Fall 2008

College of Computer & Information Science
Northeastern University
Professor Robert P. Futrelle

Site updated December 13, 2008

The Course

Course information





Presentations 12/5, 12/9

Earlier Student Projects

Building GUIs in Swing

Prof. Futrelle's teaching blog


Our textbook

Some HCI links


Mailing list archives

Return to Futrelle's Teaching Gateway or homepage

T he official course description: Studies the principles of human-computer interaction and the practice of user interface design. Discusses the major human information processing sub-systems (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 toolkits of standard graphical-user-interface 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; virtual reality. Coursework includes designing user interfaces, creating working prototypes using a GUI toolkit, and evaluating existing interfaces using the methods studied. Prerequisites: CSU370 (Object-oriented Design).

Things to keep in mind:

  • Get a copy of the textbook as soon as it arrives in the bookstore, and begin the assigned readings.
  • Sign up for the course mailing list immediately.
  • Use the proper subject line for all course-related email you send me.
  • You are responsible for reading the course website pages, including updates that I alert you to.
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News and Notes - Added as the course proceeds

A page on the student project presentations added, 11/30.

A note on evaluation, based on our class, Friday, September 19th is available here.

The site was updated October 8th, primarily to bring consistency to the various deadline dates, some of which appeared on three different web pages and had to be in synch.