ICS 205 Human-Computer Interaction


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Instructor: David Redmiles

Electronic Mail: redmiles@ics.uci.edu

Office: ICS2-215

Office Hours: Most Friday’s 1:00-2:30


Lecture: Tu Th 5:00 – 6:20 p.m.

Classroom: SSPA 1170

Course Code: 36707




Course Description and Prerequisites


205 Human-Computer Interaction (4). The design and evaluation of interfaces to computer systems and applications with special attention to their fit to human cognitive capabilities and organizational practices. Includes coverage of hypermedia, groupware, and other rapidly emerging developments.


Informal Course Description


This is a graduate level introduction to the field of human-computer interaction, a very broad and interdisciplinary field relevant to many courses of study from computer and industrial design to software engineering and ubiquitous computing. The class will be carried out in a way to help you with your graduate studies. The assignments and final exam will help prepare you for the kinds of questions and writing you will need to do for qualifying exams and graduate level presentations. The papers will for the most part give you a common language that researchers in the field expect you to be conversant in. Some of the historical papers will surprise you in the kinds of visions they encompassed, laying out research agendas that are yet to be fulfilled.






Add/drop: If you wish to add this class, do so before the end of Week 2.


Academic honesty: Please familiarize yourself with the latest UCI academic honesty policy: http://www.editor.uci.edu/catalogue/appx/appx.2.htm. The consequences of academic dishonesty are not worth the risks.


Announcements: Critical announcements will be emailed to your UCI Net ID / Login. Please make it is set up properly and being forward to whichever account you normally read email from. Many other announcements will be made in class. If you miss class, please check with a friend to learn about any in-class announcements that may be important to you.


Attendance: You may miss two scheduled classes without explanation—but this is not a requirement that you skip.


Web Page and Readings: The Web page for the class, particularly the list of reading is subject to update. Check it frequently and be sure to refresh / reload the Web pages when you brose them. If a reading is added the day of a class, students are not responsible for it until the next class.


Email correspondence: All email to me must include the class number, 205, in the subject line. If you do not get a response to the email in 72 hours, resend it.




Course Mechanics and Grading


Lectures will focus on assigned readings but allow ample time for class participation as described below.


Readings will be assigned for each lecture. Students will be asked to prepare a weekly, three-page commentary (two pages of text plus citations on a third page) about the class readings. The theme of the commentary will vary and will be announced. Commentaries will be due the Thursday following a week of lectures that form the basis. Some of the commentaries will require additional references. Pages are double-spaced with a 11 or 12 point Times Roman or 10 point Arial / Tahoma font. For citations, you may use a form that is familiar to you but be consistent. APA, IEEE, ACM are some common approaches (see links page).


Class participation includes attendance and being able to comment relevantly on the readings. In addition, students will be asked to pair up and present a paper from the readings via a power point presentation.


Final exam will follow the format of a “Phase 2” exam question and will be in-class. It will be based on the readings and closely linked to some of the commentary assignments.


Required Text: The required text for the class is

  • R. Baecker, J. Grudin, W. Buxton, S. Greenberg, Human-Computer Interaction: Toward the Year 2000, 2nd Ed., Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, 1995.

If you need additional background, please purchase an optional text

  • J. Preece, Y. Rogers, H. Sharp, D. Benyon, S. Holland, T. Carey, Human-Computer Interaction, Addison-Wesley, Reading, 1994.



  • 10% Class Participation
  • 10% Class Presentations
  • 60% Commentary Assignments
  • 20% Final Exam