Human-Computer Interaction


Offered as CMPE131, CMPE231, and DANM231: Human-Computer Interaction

This course presents theories and practices in Human-Computer Interaction that allow development of user interfaces that are fit for the purposes of their diverse users in a variety of contexts. It informs students how to gather user requirements, create prototypes, and conduct evaluations to verify the design.

Lecture: Physical Sciences 110, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:45 AM (map)

Office hours:

  • Instructor: Kurniawan: by appointment only through email.
  • TA: Zachary Rubin: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00-1:00 PM in E2-309.


Homework (for takers of the 231 versions of the class, this grade includes paper reviews): 20%
Quiz: 30% (most likely 6 quizzes at 5%)
Project: Milestones, report, and presentation: 50% 

Instruction for paper reviews for the takers of the 231 versions of the class (worth 5%)

Pick 2 HCI papers that are related in topic. Eligible papers are those published in the following conferences: CHI, MobileHCI, UbiComp, CSCW, UIST or the following journals: HCI, ACM ToCHI, IJHCS, IwC. The papers must be at least 8 pages long (most of these conferences have short papers, which are not the right papers to review). The topic is up to you, when in doubt email me or the TA. Your job is to synthesize these two papers and summarize them. I need a 1-2 pages report that is a meta analysis of these two papers, containing the motivations behind the work reported in the papers, the experimental methods (i.e., participants, stimuli, tasks), the results they got and your critiques of these two papers. Email this assignment by Thursday week 10 to me and the TA.

Policies and accommodation

  • All students enrolling in this class are advised that Academic Integrity will be strictly enforced. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or facilitating academic dishonesty or as further specified in campus regulations.
  • If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please submit your Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me in a timely manner, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC at 459-2089 V, 459-4806 TTY.


Additional suggested readings

Some tools for design

Instructors and Assistants