SIE 515: Overview

Course Syllabus

SIE 515 Human-Computer Interaction

Tues-Thurs: 2:00-3:15

Spring 2016


Dr. Nicholas Giudice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Spatial Informatics program: School of Computing and Information Science (SCIS)

Office: 331 Boardman Hall



Phone: 581-2187

Skype ID: polotci


Dr. Richard Corey, Ph.D.

Director of Operations, VEMI Lab

Office: 102 Carnegie Hall



Phone: 581-2151

Office Hours:

Office hours for this course are by appointment and can be scheduled to be made in person, by phone, or by Skype as is convenient.

Course Description:

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamental theories and concepts of human-computer interaction (HCI). HCI is an interdisciplinary field that integrates theories and methodologies across many domains including cognitive psychology, neurocognitive engineering, computer science, human factors, and engineering design. Students will gain theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in the fundamental aspects of human perception, cognition, and learning as relates to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interfaces. Topics covered include: interface design, usability evaluation, universal design, multimodal interfaces (touch, vision, natural language and 3-D audio), virtual reality, and spatial displays. In addition to lectures, students will work on individual and team assignments to design, implement, and evaluate various interactive systems and user interfaces based on knowledge culled from class material and additional research.

Credits: 3.
Prerequisites: none.

The primary readings will consist of selected materials based on seminal works, general overviews, emerging topics, and class interests. Readings will be sent via email, accessible from the course website, or via hardcopy on reserve. Other course material and assignments will also be emailed or accessed via the website.

The course website is:


Course Goals and Objectives:

  • Students will learn the basic physiological, perceptual, and cognitive components of human learning and memory.
  • Students will gain theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in the fundamental aspects of designing and implementing user interfaces.
  • Students will learn to analyze interaction problems from a technical, cognitive, and functional perspective.
  • Students will develop an awareness of the range of general human-computer interaction issues that must be considered when designing information systems.
  • Students will learn about multimodal displays for conveying and presenting information.
  • Students will know and have practiced a variety of simple methods for designing and evaluating the quality of user interfaces and spatial displays.

Supplemental Course texts:

The following three books are not mandatory but provide excellent overview surveys of HCI and related fields. Students are encouraged to supplement course topics and reading materials by making use of these resources. These books, and many other more specialized volumes are available for check out from Prof. Giudice or can be purchased at Amazon or other online sellers.

Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th Edition)

Authors: Shneiderman, Plaisant, Cohen, and Jacobs

Publisher: Addison Wesley; 5th edition (2009)

ISBN: 978-0321537


Human-Computer Interaction (3rd Edition)

Authors: Dix, Finlay, Abowd and Beale.

Publisher: Pearson, 2003
ISBN: 0130461091


Introduction to Human Factors Engineering (2nd Edition)  
Authors: Wickens, Lee, Liu, and Gordon-Becker
Publisher: Pearson, 2004

ISBN-10: 0131837362