DIS 2 Syllabus (Bonn)

Course schedule is tentative and subject to change. Links to lecture notes and assignments will be posted as the semester progresses.
Note: You must be registered with the class to download the lecture notes and assignments.


  • Apr 11: Class discussion forum is now available. (registered students only)
  • Jun 14: We are pleased to offer the following new lab hours:
    • Mon 15:00-18:00
    • Tue 16:45-18:00
    • Wed 16:00-18:00
    • Thu 16:00-18:00 every other week, starting June 16th

Lecture Schedule and Slides

  1. Apr 12: Introduction, Taxonomy of Input Devices
  2. Apr 19: Window Systems Architecture, Graphics and Event Library, Base Window System
  3. Apr 26: Window Manager, User Interface Toolkit
  4. May 3: Smalltalk, Macintosh Toolbox
  5. May 10: Macintosh (cont),
  6. May 17: no class (Pfingsten)
  7. May 24: X Window System, OSF/Motif
  8. May 31: Midterm Exam (sample midterm) (midterm solutions)
  9. Jun 7: Event Heap, Java AWT, Swing
  10. Jun 14: Windows
  11. Jun 21: Mac OS X
  12. Jun 28: Interactive Multimedia: Audio Input and Output
  13. Jul 05: Interactive Multimedia: Audio Input and Output (cont)
  14. Jul 12: Interactive Multimedia: Video, Haptics, Future, Feedback
  15. Jul 19: Final Exam


  1. due Apr 25: Hello GUI
  2. due May 02: In Deep GELGraphicsEventSystem.class
  3. due May 09: Windows (Not the Microsoft Kind)
  4. due May 23: I Manage Windows
  5. due Jun 13: UI Toolkit
  6. due Jun 27: Event Heap
  7. due Jul 04: X-Windows
  8. due Jul 11: Mac OS X


  • May 31: Midterm Exam
  • Jul 19: Final Exam
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 17th for the midterm exam and by July 5th for the final exam, or you will receive a grade of zero.

Grading Policy

If you wish to take the course for credit, you must complete all assignments, lab exercises and exams. You will receive a schein upon successful completion of the course with a grade. The grade will be calculated as follows:
  • 25% - lab exercises, assignments
  • 25% - midterm exam
  • 50% - final exam
Note that you must achieve a cumulative score above 4.0 and pass the final exam to pass the course.

Assignments and Lab Exercises

Assignments/lab exercises will be assigned weekly. They are to be completed in groups of 2 or 3. If you do not complete the lab exercise during the scheduled lab section, you must complete it on your own time and submit it the following week together with the assignment for that week. Lab exercises and 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 new Mac lab in the B-IT building, consisting of Apple PowerMac G5 machines. 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 (example). They will be returned to you, and you will have the option of resubmitting the assignment with the usual late penalty.

Late Policy

Late assignments will be graded with a penalty of 0.5 per 24 hour period after the due date. Exceptions will be granted only for valid (i.e. medical) reasons.
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