Course Syllabus

This course gives an introduction to human-computer interaction with an emphasis on user interface design. Students learn about HCI theory, cognitive foundations, guidelines for effective interface design, and the evaluation of user interfaces.

Specific Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • realize the importance of user-centered design, design prototyping, and formative and summative evaluation,
  • have attained the ability to design user interfaces of low and medium complexity based on guidelines,
  • realize the impact of human factors research and cognitive psychology on HCI, and
  • be familiar with some of the outstanding research problems being studied in the field of HCI.

Be sure to read the Course Policies page for more information.

Class Meetings

Lectures: MWF 10:00-10:50a, PCB 1100


  • Discussion 1: Friday, 2:00-2:50p, MSTB 110  TA: Ke Jing
  • Discussion 2: Friday, 3:00-3:50p, MSTB 110  TA: Ke Jing
  • Discussion 3: Friday, 4:00-4:50p, MSTB 110  TA: Aparajita Marathe
  • Discussion 4: Friday, 5:00-5:50p, MSTB 110  TA: Aparajita Marathe
  • Discussion 5: Friday  2:00-2:50p, RH 114       TA: Meena Muralikumar
  • Discussion 6: Friday  3:00-3:50p, RH 114       TA: Meena Muralikumar

Everyone is required to attend both lectures and their discussion section. You must attend the discussion in which you are enrolled.

Final: Monday, March 19, 10:30am-12:30pm, PCB 1100

Instructors and Office Hours

Instructor: Matthew Bietz,, Office: DBH 5208


We will have office hours by appointment, just drop us an email or catch us before or after class to schedule a time to meet. Please ask your questions in Canvas first.

Required Textbook

We will be using:

Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 6th edition by Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant, Maxine Cohen, Steven Jacobs, Niklas Elmqvist, Nicholas Diakopou. ISBN: 978-0134-38038-4. Note: We are using the new 6th edition. It has been significantly updated since the 5th edition, so be careful about which version you get. Get it from the UCI Bookstore, compare online prices here,or borrow the book for a very short time from Course Reserves in the Ayala Science Library.

Other readings will be made available as PDFs through Canvas.

Lecture Recordings

Lectures will be recorded using UCI's YuJa service. Recordings will be available through the YuJa link in the Canvas menu. Recordings will generally be posted within a day of the lecture.

Course Policies

Be sure to read the Course Policies page for more information.

The syllabus and policies are guidelines intended to help students plan their work in this class. However, the instructor reserves the right to make changes as needed.

Course Summary:

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