Course schedule is tentative and subject to change. Links to lecture notes and assignments will be posted as the semester progresses.


Teaching Schedule

Lecture Notes
Video Recordings
Required Reading
Recommended Reading
21.04.10 Introduction, Taxonomy of Input Devices 1-up 4-up to iTunesU Input devices (Card) Usability Engineering (Neilsen)
28.04.10 Window Systems Architecture, Graphics Event Library 1-up 4-up Window System Architecture (Gosling)
05.05.10 Base Window System, Window Manager, User Interface Toolkit Layer 1-up 4-up
12.05.10 Classic Mac 1-up 4-up
19.05.10 X Window Systems 1-up 4-up The X Window System (Scheifler)
26.05.10 no class
02.06.10 Mac OS X and the model-view-controller paradigm 1-up 4-up
09.06.10 no class
16.06.10 Physical Computing and Prototyping (Arduino & co.) 1-up 4-up
23.06.10 Windows 1-up 4-up
30.06.10 Mobile Window Systems (Android, iPhone, iPad) 1-up 4-up
07.07.10 Web Toolkits (GWT, Cappucino) 1-up 4-up
14.07.10 Java, Qt 1-up 4-up
21.07.10 Final Project Presentation
26.07.10 Final Exam


  • June 7: Midterm Exam (cf. announcements)
  • July 26: Final Exam (cf. announcements)
Important: Please note the date of the midterm exam and final exam. In the event that you cannot make it on those dates, it is your responsibility to notify us by May 8 for the midterm exam and by Jul 1 for the final exam, or you will receive a grade of zero.


Assignment No. Topic Materials Due Date
1 Hello GUI May 3 2010
2 Windows (not the Microsoft kind) May 10 2010
3 Now you see me, now you don't May 17 2010
4 RAT (Really Awesome Toolkit) May 31 2010
5 The X2 Factor June 7 2010

Final Projects

This years topic is e-Government which is to be interpreted in a very broad way.

Grading Policy

If you wish to take the course for credit, you must complete all assignments and exams.
You will receive a Schein upon successful completion of the course with a grade. The grade will be calculated as follows:
  • 20% - lab exercises, assignments
  • 20% - project
  • 25% - midterm exam
  • 35% - final exam
Note that you must achieve a cumulative score above 4.0 and pass the final exam to pass the course.


Assignments will be assigned weekly. They are to be completed in groups of 2 or 3. Assignments will be graded on the following scale:
  • 1.0 - exceptional work that clearly went above and beyond what was given on the exercise
  • 2.0 - exercise was completed satisfactorily as per the assignment specification
  • 3.0 - exercise was completed, but has some problems
  • 4.0 - incomplete exercise
  • 5.0 - little or no effort was put into the exercise
The assignments are designed to be completed in the Media Computing Lab in 2U13 that offers 8 Apple workstations to be shared by 2 people each. However, many of the tools we will be using are cross-platform — you are welcome to complete the assignment on your platform of choice. However, it will be your responsibility to ensure your program(s) run on the machines in the lab. Programs that do not run correctly on the lab machines will be graded as incomplete. We will be able to provide technical support for the lab machines only. Please note that submissions with a written component that do not meet the basic standards of university-level English will not be graded.

Late Policy

Late assignments will not be accepted. Exceptions will be granted only for valid (i.e. medical) reasons.

Created by heller. Last Modification: Monday 26 of July, 2010 13:14:06 by heller.

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