[CS][ES][46]HC3: Human Computer Interaction - Fall 2019


New: Tutorials start first week! Announcements and documents are on Avenue.

Calendar Description

Design of user interfaces. Principles of good interface design. Human input. Displaying complex data using graphics and virtual reality. Modes and mode awareness problem. Health issues, information overload. Special purpose graphics hardware. Interface design tools; on-line help systems.


Christopher Anand. anandc (circled a) (name of university) (country).
Office: ETB 112. (drop by, call x 21397, or contact on Avenue).


Percent Due Date Component
1 Sept 11 Tutorial Assignment 1
9 TBA Tutorial Assignments 2-5
5 Sept 16 (in tutorial on or after this date) Critique of Shape Creator Presentation + Backup report
10 Oct 8 Wave Creator
10 (bonus) Oct 20 McMaster Start Coding - Reflection
10 Oct 21 Midterm - Short Essay
10 Oct 28 Design Thinking Presentation
5 Surprise Avenue Quizes
30 November/December Project Pitch + Backup Report
20 December Final Exam - Short Essays


Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman, new and used copies in Titles.


Teaching Assistant Contact
Lekhani Ray rayl1 (circled a) (name of university) (country)
Nasim Khoonkari khoonkan (circled a) (name of university) (country)
Aida Motamer motamerv (circled a) (name of university) (country)
Padma Pasupathi pasupatp (circled a) (name of university) (country)

Office Hours

At least one TA will be available in ITB 236 during the four hours Tu 1:30PM - 2:20PM, We 1:30PM - 2:20PM, Mo 1:30PM - 2:20PM, Th 2:30PM - 3:20PM.


Links useful in preparting pitch: how to do presentations.

Details of assignments will be provided on Avenue, with a Discussion thread for questions about each assignment.

What is a backup report? A report which accompanies your presentation to back it up with a level of details you could not provide in the presentation.

Why so many presentations and essays? (1) Human-Computer Interaction is a communication problem. You should think about every element on your interface, asking What is the User going to think and feel about this? You can practice that skill with your presentations. (2) Human-Computer Interaction is a communication problem. Sometimes you have to write manuals to explain new concepts. Kind of like short essays! (3) Getting a job is a communication problem. :) You have to communicate your ability and experience. Time to practice. (4) Getting startup funding is a communication problem...

Why Elm? It is a smart newish language for the web, with a small community outperforming better-known peers. (Like Mcmaster!) Even kids can learn it!

Dont like what you see? Other bonus problems will be posted, but you can contact the instructor at any time with an alternative method of evaluating your knowledge of the course material.


You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty: 1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained. 2. Improper collaboration in group work. 3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

If in doubt, ask the instructor how this applies to your work.


In this course we reserve the right to use a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to Turnitin.com and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to Turnitin.com must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to Turnitin.com. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

Personal Information

In this course we will be using subversion, email and other on-line discussion fora. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.

Possible Changes

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.xsxs