This course describes the characteristics of interaction between humans and computers and demonstrates techniques for the evaluation of user-centered systems. We will review the state of the art in popular consumer technologies and research prototypes, and explore theoretical and empirical approaches to designing and evaluating interactive systems. This class will include a mix of lectures, hands-on in-class activities and group discussions focused on class readings.
|Lauren Wilcox, PhD||Assistant Professor||Office Hours: Weds 4:30 PM-5:30 PM, 345 TSRB|
|Teaching Assistant||Office Hours: Tues 11:30AM–12:30PM
Weds 1:30PM-2:30PM, 345b TSRB, Email
No required textbook! Individual resources (e.g., readings, video, code examples) will be posted on the class website and/or on T-Square. It is the responsibility of the students to obtain and read the assigned material. The material in these readings may be included on tests and other evaluations in the class.
The class will mix lectures with class discussion and participation, in-class activities, and “report-backs” from homework assignments and project work. All readings and other preparation should be finished well before class so that we can intelligently review and discuss the material.
Rules of the Game
You are responsible for all material covered in class. You are also responsible for all the assigned reading (including changes or additions announced in class). If you miss a class, please talk to someone who attended. (Copies of each class’s slides will be linked to the schedule.) Course material will be found on the web through T-Square , and the assignments will be linked through http://www.wilcox.gatech.edu/6750/schedule/.
Do not email the professor to ask how to make up a class that you missed. It is not the professor’s responsibility to catch you up. Instead, it is your responsibility to prioritize your attendance and work in this class.
In the case of a family or health emergency, arrangements can be made to accommodate your absence. In these rare circumstances, you should let the professor know as soon as possible, so that arrangements can be made. Documentation will be needed in these situations in order for the teaching staff to accommodate absences or late submission of work. Other personal reasons for missing class or work, including job interviews, will not be accommodated.
Each assignment should be submitted electronically through T-Square, before the beginning of the class on the day the assignment is due. If you don’t submit a homework assignment on time, the following lateness policy applies.
The discussion, class activities, and presentation portions of your work cannot be late (they happen during a scheduled class). For in-class homework, “make-ups” will not be possible. However, for Homework and Project deliverables, your grade for late work will be docked by 10% for each day that it is late. After three days, I will not accept late work.
Exceptions to the policy can be made in the event of documented personal illness and family emergencies. Such exceptions will require that you consulted me well before the deadline.
Please make sure that you’ve read the Georgia Tech Honor Code. Collaboration on any assignment (except as an approved part of group projects) is strictly prohibited. Cases of suspected inappropriate collaboration or cheating will be immediately reported to the Dean of Student Affairs, and will be pursued to resolution.
Courtesy to Fellow Students and Teaching Staff
You can do some simple things to help the class run smoothly. Please turn cellphones and other mobile devices off before coming to class. Do not leave early unless we discuss this first. I also prefer that you take written notes and leave laptops closed during lectures and class discussions. Finally, please do not hold private conversations during class presentations.
No final exam!
Project Grading (percentage of course grade)
|P1: User Research and Design Alternatives||15%|
|P2: Prototype Development||15%|
|P3: Evaluation and Report||10%|
Calculating Final Grades
|90-100% (900-1000 points)||A|
|80-89% (800-899 points)||B|
|70-79% (700-799 points)||C|
|60-69% (600-699 points)||D|
|<60% (Fewer than 600 points)||Not passing|