CS A110 Human-Computer Interaction

A SLU 2000 Inquiry Seminar


This section of the course (Spring 2004) meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-3:30 in Shannon Hall 118 (Patel Lab).

General Description

This course is generally about how humans interact with computers and how software engineers create and evaluate effective software interfaces. It is not a course in web design/HTML/JavaScript (though we will learn some of this as a way of applying some of the theoretical concepts we'll explore). If you are an academic advisor or a student thinking about enrolling in this course, you may find the SLU 2000 Brochure useful. There are no prerequisites for the course.

Currently enrolled students can find details on the topics being covered, reading/homework assignments, exams, etc. from the course schedule page. It is a good page to bookmark and return to periodically.

Textbook Information

The required text for the course is Designing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen. Again, since we will be taking a broader view on usability and human-computer interaction, I will supplement the textbook with (mostly electronic) reading material. Students can buy the text from the SLU Bookstore.

Homework and Exams

There will be some reading from the textbook every week, unless otherwise indicated. You should periodically check the course schedule page for updates.

There will be one midterm exam given Thursday March 4th which accounts for 20% of your final grade. The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4th from 2:00-3:50PM; it is comprehensive and is worth 30% of your final grade. A semester-long project is the main component of the course; along with class participation it represents the remaining half of your grade. You will hear (much) more about the project as the semester progresses.

Make-up exams will not be given. The College of Arts and Sciences has a policy concerning academic honesty with which you should be familiar.