Human Computer Interactions course 

This page contains syllabus, lecture slides, reading material, and exam for the course "Human Computer Interactions". Course code: MISM 625, MTech, International School of Information Management, Mysore, India.

For any questions or comments regarding the lecture or this web site, please contact  Rajendra Akerkar.

Course Syllabus

Human Computer Interactions (HCI) is concerned with designing, evaluating and deploying usable, effective technologies in a range of contexts - be it home, office, school, cyberspace or other domain.

The objective of this course is to give an introduction to the key areas, approaches and developments in the field. The main objective is to get student to think constructively and analytically about how to design and evaluate interactive technologies. Basically, the course will introduce them to key areas, theoretical frameworks, approaches and major developments in HCI.

The course outline:

Session 1   What is Interaction Design? (26 September)

Session 2   Understanding and conceptualising interaction (27 September)

Session 3   Understanding users (28 September)

Session 4    The process of Interaction Design (29 September)

Session 5    Establishing requirements (30 September)

Session 6    Prototyping (1 October)

Session 7    Evaluation (3 October)

Session 8    Observing users (4 October)

Session 9    Emerging Trends (5 October)

Session 10   Student Group Presentations (7 October)

Session 11   Student Group Presentations (8 October)

Learning outcomes

After studying the course you will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding:

Cognitive skills:

Key skills:

Practical and/or professional skills:

Project, Presentation Topics and Lecture Slides

The course material will be available via course management system.

Course Structure & Resources

This will be 2 weeks course. Each class session will be of 4 hour 30 min. duration. Classes will comprise of lecture, hands-on-practice, discussion etc. Students will be encouraged to participate in class-discussion and will make at least one presentation during the course. Morning sessions will mainly consist of lectures and group exercises. Afternoons will be focused mainly around assessment activities and personal study. Students are expected to organise their time to cover preparatory work and assessment activities.

The text for the course is Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, second edition, by Sharp, Rogers and Preece. The publisher is John Wiley & Sons, 2007. The website accompanying the book is at

Journals that deal with Interaction Design issues include:
ACM Transactions on Computer–Human Interaction,    Human–Computer Interaction
International Journal of Human–Computer Studies,    Behaviour & Information Technology

The ACM Digital Library contains papers and articles from a wide range of conferences and journals that focus on Interaction Design, including the annual ACM Conference on Computer–Human Interaction, usually referred to as CHI 200x.

Reading Material



This course is assessed by coursework (50%) and online exam (50%). There are two types of coursework. The first is a Group Presentation. This is a 30-minute group talk by three students on a given topic using Powerpoint slides. The second is a Project Report.

You will give a group presentation: a 30-minute talk to be presented to your seminar group in second Week. The talk will be followed by 5 minutes for questions. The presentation represents 20% of the total marks for the HCI course.

The content of this project will be a report on a user-centred design process undertaken by yourself from a choice of 3 options, involving critiquing and redesigning a website. The report is to be handed in to the instructor by 23.00 on 23 October. The project report represents 30% of the total marks for the HCI course.

50% of the marks for the HCI course are allocated to an final exam which takes place online through the course managment system on 22 October. Advice on what the exam consists of and how to approach it will be given in the last session of the course.

Details about the end of semester exam will be available here.

Marking & Grading

The candidate will be evaluated on a 10 point scale and the Grading pattern will be as follows:

Percentage 96≤P≤100 90≤P≤95 80≤P≤89 70≤P≤79 60≤P≤69 55≤P≤59 50≤P≤54 40≤P≤49 31≤P≤39 00≤P≤30
G 10

Specific criteria for judging the assignments will vary, but generally they will be judged on:

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