Schedule for ISU570 -- Human-Computer Interaction - Fall 2008

Professor Futrelle, CCIS, Northeastern University

As of November 30th, 2008

For details about the various items below, visit the corresponding pages:


Week 1 - Fri, Sept 12

Introduction to course. What I will do. What you will need to do.
Your semester project.
Resources for you -
Reading: All course website pages. Follow the instructions you find there, especially in regard to signing up for the course mailing list.
In the book, be sure to read all the boxed material, activities, interviews, figure and table captions - everything.
Reading handout: Chaper 1 from book by Don Norman
(quiz on 9/26).

Week 2 - Tues, Fri, Sept 16, 19

Reading: Textbook Chapter 1, including all sidebars.

Week 3 - Tues, Fri, Sept 23, 26

Brief quiz on the Norman chapter, Friday the 26th.
Assignment 1 due at beginning of class, Friday the 26th.
Reading: Chapter 2

Week 4 - Tues, Sept 30, Fri October 3

Project, version 1 -
Final due date will be Oct 15th.
The earlier you hand this in, the earlier you'll get useful feedback.
Reading: Chap 3

Week 5 - Tues, Fri, Oct 7, 10


Friday -
Student-directed discussion of systems and design for collaboration and communication, leading up to Chapter 4.

Week 6 - Tues, Fri, Oct 14, 17

Project, version 1
Due no later than Wednesday evening, Oct 15th, 11;59pm.
Assignment 2 due at beginning of class, Friday the 17th.
Reading: Chapter 4

Week 7 - Tues, Fri, Oct 21, 24

Assignment 3: Create your online survey and mail me the
URL, with a few comments on what it is about and who you will be trying to reach with the survey, your "population".
Your results will be due Tues, Nov 4th.
Reading: Chapter 7

Week 8 - Tues, Fri, Oct 28, 31

ON CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7

Project, version 2 -
Due at the beginning of class, Friday, October 31st.

Week 9 - Tues, Fri, Nov 4, 7
Go over Midterm results
Assignment 3:
Due Tuesday, Nov 4th at the beginning of class.
Reading: Chapter 8

Week 10 - Fri, Nov 14

Assignment 4
due emailed by 11:59pm, Thursday, Nov 13th.
Reading: Chapter 10

Week 11 - Tues, Fri, Nov 18, 21
Reading: Chapter 14

Week 12 - Tues, Nov 25

Project, version 3 - Due at beginning of class,
Tuesday, the 25th.

Class: Special Topics

Week 13- Tues, Fri, Dec 2, 5

Tuesday Dec 2nd: Final advice on projects and presentatons
Review for the Final Exam, covering all assigned chapters

Friday Dec 5th: Student presentations of their Projects - First half of the students

Week 14 - Tues, Dec 9 (last class)

Final Project - Due Tuesday the 9th, in class
or by 4 pm, my office 450-460 WVH

Student presentations of their Projects - Second half of the students

Reading day, Thurs, Dec 11

Final exam for this course, Tuesday the 16th at 1pm

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