Designing Interactive Systems I

Prof. Borchers is away from RWTH during the WS 2016/17 for his research sabbatical and is not available for teaching. No lectures will be held for this course (both in Aachen and Bonn).

Students can view the video lectures (given by Prof. Borchers) from the previous year (available on iTunes U — see below for link). A lab will be held every week both in Aachen and Bonn, where a teaching assistant will discuss some exercises and students will have the opportunity to ask questions/clarify doubts. The course also includes weekly assignments and projects which contribute towards the final grade (see below for details).

The 2nd chance exams (midterm and final) will take place on 22.03.2017, Wednesday, 11:00–13:30h in Room 2222, Informatik Zentrum.


In case of questions, please contact Krishna (krishna@cs.rwth-aachen.de)





Videos of the lectures from WS 2015/16 are available on iTunes U.


L2P (Aachen) L2P (Bonn) iTunesU RSS


News

  • Friday, October 07, 2016: Registration Guide for Aachen: Registration Guide (Aachen)
  • Friday, October 07, 2016: Registration Guide for Bonn: Registration Guide (Bonn)
  • Friday, October 07, 2016: Please buy a copy of Don Norman's book "The Design of Everyday Things". You can order it onAmazon: Paperback (13.95€). You will need this to prepare for your midterm exam.
  • Friday, October 07, 2016: First lab of WS 2016/17 in Aachen: Monday, 17th October, 2016, Room 2354|030 (AH IV)
  • Friday, October 07, 2016: First lab of WS 2016/17 in Bonn: Tuesday, 8th November, 2016, B-IT Main Lecture Hall

Course Content

Aachen

Date
Lab Topic
17.10.2016 Introduction to the Course
24.10.2016 L01: Fitts' Law + CMN Model
A01: Fitts' Law
31.10.2016 L02: A01 Review
A02: Gestalt Laws
07.11.2016 L03: A02 Review
A03: Seven Stages of Action
14.11.2016 L04: A03 Review
21.11.2016 Midterm Preparation
28.11.2016 No Lab!
29.11.2016 Midterm Exam
05.12.2016 Midterm Review
12.12.2016 P01: Project Introduction + Design Studio
19.12.2016 P02: Project Review (M1: Project Definition)
09.01.2017 P03: Project Review (M2: User observation, interviews + Low-fidelity Prototype)
16.01.2017 P04: Project Review (M3: Evaluation of Low-fidelity Prototype)
23.01.2017 P05: Project Review (M4: Medium-fidelity Prototype)
30.01.2017 P06: Project Review (M5: Evaluation of Medium-fidelity Prototype)
06.02.2017 Final Exam Preparation
Final Project Presentations
14.02.2017 Final Exam


Bonn

Date
Lab Topic
08.11.2016 L01: Fitts' Law + CMN Model
A01: Fitts' Law
15.11.2016 L02: A01 Review
A02: Gestalt Laws
22.11.2016 L03: A02 Review
Midterm Preparation
29.11.2016 Midterm Exam
A03: Seven Stages of Action
06.12.2016 Midterm Review
A03 Review
13.12.2016 P01: Project Introduction + Design Studio
20.12.2016 P02: Project Review (M1: Project Definition)
10.01.2017 P03: Project Review (M2: User observation, interviews + Low-fidelity Prototype)
17.01.2017 P04: Project Review (M3: Evaluation of Low-fidelity Prototype)
24.01.2017 P05: Project Review (M4: Medium-fidelity Prototype)
31.01.2017 P06: Project Review (M5: Evaluation of Medium-fidelity Prototype)
07.02.2017 Final Exam Preparation
Final Project Presentations
14.02.2017 Final Exam

What is this Course about?


This class introduces students to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) and user interface design. Specifically, the course covers the following topics:

  • Fundamental characteristics of human cognition, such as reaction time, rules of perception, and memory performance
  • Models of interaction between people and their environment, such as affordances, mappings, constraints, slips, and mistakes
  • Milestones in the history of human-computer interaction
  • Principles of iterative design
  • User interface prototyping techniques
  • User studies and evaluation methods
  • Golden rules of user interface design
  • User interface design notations

After this class, students will know how user interfaces have been developed over the past decades, and what constants of human performance need to be considered when designing them. This class forms the basis for the classes “ Designing Interactive Systems II ” (which looks at more technical aspects of user interface development) and “ Current Topics in HCI and Media Computing ”, as well as the “ Post-Desktop User Interfaces ” seminar and other courses from our research group. Students will be able to apply iterative design, prototyping, and evaluation methods to design usable, appropriate user interfaces in a user-centered fashion. All assignments are group assignments to foster collaboration skills, and project-based to strengthen project planning, conflict management and presentation skills. Learning to think in designers' terms is a crucial competence for computer scientists working on user interfaces, a job that requires collaboration in interdisciplinary teams.

Course Allocation

Fields of study:
  • Informatik (B.Sc.), (M.Sc.)
  • Media Informatics (M.Sc.)/Multimedia-Benutzung und -Wirkung/in Aachen (mandatory course)
  • Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.)/Areas of Specialization/Media Computing and Interactive Systems
  • Technical Communication (B.Sc.) (mandatory course)

Number SWS: V3 + Ü2
ECTS Credits: 6
The lecture recordings are in English. All assignment submissions and exams must be written in English.

Course Registration

Dates What to doRemarks
AC: 14.09. to 18.11.
BN: 14.09. to 18.11.
Register for the lecture on CAMPUS System
(see registration guides under 'News')
For Aachen: Only 60 seats are available
We give priority to those who need DIS 1 as compulsory course
18.11.16Deadline to register for the exam
25.11.16Last date to unregister

Lecturers


Timings

Aachen
Lab Monday, 12:15–14:45h, 17.10.2016 onwards Room 2354|030 (AH IV)
Midterm exam Tuesday, 14:00–16:00h, 29.11.2016 Room 2354|030 (AH IV)
Final exam Tuesday, 14:00–16:30h, 14.02.2017 AH II and room 9222
Second chance midterm exam Wednesday, 11:00–13:30h, 22.03.2017 Room 2222, Informatik Zentrum, Aachen
Second chance final exam Wednesday, 11:00–13:30h, 22.03.2017 Room 2222, Informatik Zentrum, Aachen


Bonn
Lab Tuesday, 14:00–16:00h, 08.11.2016 onwards Main Lecture Hall, B-IT Center Bonn
Midterm exam Tuesday, 14:00–16:00h, 29.11.2016 Main Lecture Hall, B-IT Center Bonn
Final exam Tuesday, 14:00–16:30h, 14.02.2017 Main Lecture Hall, B-IT Center Bonn
Second chance midterm exam Wednesday, 11:00–13:30h, 22.03.2017 Room 2222, Informatik Zentrum, Aachen
Second chance final exam Wednesday, 11:00–13:30h, 22.03.2017 Room 2222, Informatik Zentrum, Aachen


Grading

Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Scored Items
%
Assignments A01–03
15
Project
25
Midterm exam
25
Final exam
35


Missing the Midterm Exam

  • If you cannot attend the midterm for valid reasons (medical reason, exam schedule conflicts), you need to inform us before the midterm, and submit a scanned copy of the evidence (medical certificate, course registration, boarding passes) within 5 days after the midterm.
    • If the reason for missing the midterm is valid, you will do your first attempt of the midterm for the parts that you missed on the same date as the second chance exam.
    • If the reason is not valid, you will not get any score from that midterm. If your overall score passed the course, you will not have a chance to take the midterm again.
  • If you are writing the final exam on the 2nd chance date and had a valid reason for missing the midterm (see above), you will have to take both the midterm and final exam in the second chance on the same date.

Assignments

Assignments and project make up 40% of your final grade.

For assignments that are handed in after the due date, we will deduct one grading step for every 24 hours. Assignments that are handed in after they have been discussed in the lab session will not be graded and will automatically receive a 5.0 grade.

Code of Conduct

We do not tolerate plagiarism or cheating. If you hand in any exam, assignment, or seminar paper that violates the terms of the Declaration of Compliance, you will fail the course, and it may result in further consequences (Bachelor- / Masterordnung: §10 (4), DPO97: §8 (4)).

Reading Material


We highly recommend that you buy Norman's book, since you have to read it for class during the first few weeks. From the Dix et. al. and Schneiderman books, you just have to read some chapters. You can find these books in the library.

Lecture Videos

Video recordings of every lecture that was held in Aachen during WS 2015/16 is available on iTunes U for reviewing. The labs will include in-class discussion of the concepts discussed in the lecture.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions




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