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Human Computer Interaction
Understanding Computing from the User's Perspective

Dr. Marc Langheinrich
Lecture HS 2007 (251-0381-00)

Course Evaluation: Results, Comments (multiple images in a single TIFF file), and Median Comparison.

Time and Room:

Tuesday, 10:15-12:00 Uhr, IFW B42

Begin: 25.09.2007 / End: 18.12.2007

This lecture introduces the subject of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and the importance of human/user-centered computing. It provides a survey of the fundamental history, paradigms, and techniques of human-computer interaction. The class also offers rudimentary hands-on experience in employing evaluation, design, and prototyping techniques commonly used in HCI research and practice.

Course Schedule (evolving)

#DateTopicHomework Before Class
125.09.Course Intro and Fundamentals (6up)-
202.10.History and Paradigms (6up)Dealers Chapter 14
309.10.Design Rules (6up)Hutchins et al. on Direct Manipulation
416.10.Design Rules II (6up)DOET Chapter 1 and/or Chapter 5
523.10.Predictive Models (6up)Exercise: Fitts' Law
630.10.HCI Frameworks (6up) DIS Chapter 7 and SRP Chapter 8.6
706.11.Interaction Design Process (6up)Cooper Ch. 1 and Moggridge on IDEOs process
813.11.Requirements (6up)Exercise: IDEO Cards
920.11.Prototyping (6up)Snyder on Paper Prototyping
1027.11.Mobile Interaction (6up)
Guest Lecture by Dr. Michael Rohs, T-Labs/TU Berlin
1104.12.Interaction Design at Work (2up)
Guest Lecture by Dr. Gudrun Moeller, Stimmt AG Zurich
Exercise: Concept Videos (54mb)
1211.12.Discount Usability (6up)-
1318.12.Empirical User Studies (6up)Read section 9.4.2 in DFAB Chapter 9


Marc Langheinrich <>
IFW D48.3, tel: 63 20688

Recommended Reading

[DOET]Donald Norman: The Design of Everyday Things. Basic Books, 2002. See Don Norman's Website
[DFAB]Alan Dix, Janet Finlay, Gregory Abowd, Russel Beale: Human-Computer Interaction, 3rd edition. Prentice Hall, 2004. See the Book Website
[SRP]Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers, Jenny Preece: Interaction Design, 2nd edition. Wiley, 2006. See the Book Website
[Cooper]Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin: About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design. Wiley, 2007.
[DIS]David Benyon, Phil Turner, Susan Turner: Designing Interactive Systems. Addison-Wesley, 2005.
[Dealers]Michael Hiltzik: Dealers of Lightning. Xeorx PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age. Harper, 1999.
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