Special Topics: Human Computer Interaction

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2019
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

T R 11-12:20

Dr. Catherine V. Stringfellow (view Profile)


Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effec
Shneiderman, Plaisant, Cohen, Jacobs

Course Objectives

Intended Educational Outcomes are:
1) Students will be able to read and understand journal papers in the field of HCI
2) Students will be able to design, implement and evaluate multimodal user interfaces
3) Students will be aware of current developments in HCI

Assignments for students in the course will include:
1) HCI journal papers assignment
2) Analyze and suggest improvements to existing user interfaces
3) Design and implement a graphical user interface
4) Midterm and Final

Grading Standards



Course Assignments

% of grade

Two Exams and a Final  


Online Discussions/Homework/Quizzes


Web Usability Evaluation/Presentation Slides


Journal paper summaries assignment


Graphical User Interface Project




Standard Grading Scale.

Final Exam

05/07/2019 1-3pm

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late assignments will have 10% deducted from the grade.

No assignments are accepted more than a week late.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is mandatory.  Missing class will adversely affect grades.

Other Policies

Course Policies

Extra Credit

I may offer extra credit opportunities, but only if regular assignments are completed.


Late Work

Late work may be submitted within 48 hours of due date/time, but there will be a 10% penalty assessed.


Make Up Work/Tests

Students need a valid university excuse to make up work or tests.  Refer to College Policies and Procedures Manual.


Computer Requirements

Taking this class requires you to have access to a computer (with Internet access) to complete and upload your assignments. It is your responsibility to have (or have access to) a working computer in this class. Assignments are due by the due date posted, and personal computer technical difficulties will not be considered reason for the instructor to allow students extra time to submit assignments, tests, or discussion postings. Online class material can be accessed from any computer in the world which is connected to the internet. Computers are available on campus in various areas of the buildings, as well as the Academic Success Center. Contact your instructor immediately upon having computer trouble. If you have technical difficulties in the course, there is also a student helpdesk available to you. The college cannot work directly on student computers due to both liability and resource limitations, however they are able to help you get connected to our online services. For help, log into D2L.


Policy on Testing Process

The Department of Computer Science has adopted the following policy related to testing.

·          All bags, purses, electronics (turned off), books, etc. will be placed in the front of the room during exams, or in an area designated by the instructor.

·          Unless otherwise announced by the instructor, nothing is allowed on the desk but pen/pencil/eraser and test papers.

·          A student who leaves the room during an exam must turn in the test and will not be allowed to return.


Department and University Policies and Procedures


Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

Academic Dishonesty : Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). The Department of Computer Science had adopted the following policy related to cheating (academic misconduct).  The policy will be applied to all instances of cheating on assignments and exams as determined by the instructor of the course.  (See below for link to MSU definitions.)

·        1st instance of cheating in a course: The student will be assigned a non-replaceable grade of zero for the assignment, project or exam.  In addition, the student will receive a one letter grade reduction in course.

·        2nd instance of cheating in a course: The student will receive a grade of F in course & immediately be removed from course.

·        All instances of cheating will be reported to the Department Chair and, in the case of graduate students, to the Department Graduate Coordinator.


See Also:   MSU Student Handbook: Appendix E: Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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Campus Carry

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