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CSS3106: Human-Computer Interaction

Core/Elective: Elective Semester: 1 Credits: 3

Course Description

Human-computer interaction is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and the major phenomena surrounding them. It is often regarded as the intersection of Computer Science and behavioural science. HCI is also sometimes referred to as man–machine interaction (MMI) or computer–human interaction (CHI).

Course Objectives

To understand basic HCI concepts and definitions
To understand the different types of interfaces
To study and design multimodal interfaces
To design & develop interfaces for diversified users

Course Content

1. Overview of HCI – Mental models – Cognitive architecture – task loading and stress in HCI – Human error identification

2. Input technologies – sensor and recognition based input – visual displays – Haptic interfaces – Non speech auditory output – network based interactions

3. Designing human computer interaction – Visual design principles – intercultural user interface designs – Conversational speech interface – multimodal interface – adaptive interfaces and agents – Tangible user interfaces – Information visualization – Human centered designs of DSS – Online communities – Visual environment.

4. Domain specific design – HCI in healthcare – games – older adults – kids – Physical disabilities – Perpetual Impairments – Deaf and Hard of Learning users.

5. Developments process – requirement specification – User experiences and HCI – Usability Engineering life cycle – Task analysis – prototyping tools and techniques – scenario based design – Participatory design – Testing and evaluation – Usability testing – Inspection based evaluation – Model based evaluation.


1. The human computer interaction hand book: fundamentals, evolving technologies and emerging applications: Andrew sears, Julie A Jacko, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2008)
2. Designing the user interface strategies for effective human computer interaction (3rd Ed): Ben Shneiderman Pearson, New Delhi (2004)
3. Interaction Design : Beyond human Computer Interaction by Helen Sharp, Yvanno Rogers and Jenny preece, John Wiley (2007)
4. Human computer Interaction in the new millennium: John M. Carroll, ACM press (2001)

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