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.

Teaching Staff

Lauren Wilcox, PhD Assistant Professor Office Hours: Weds 4:30 PM-5:30 PM, 345 TSRB
Udaya Lakshmi
(MS-HCI Student)
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
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.

Submission Policy

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.

Lateness Policy

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.

Academic Honesty

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.


Participation 20%
Homework 40%
Project 40%

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


Scenario 1: You got 90% on each of the three parts of the project (for 360 total points), 90% of the points on each homework (for 360 total points) and 88% on your participation (for 176 points). Out of 1000 points, you’ve earned 896. From 89.6%, I round up to 90%, which means that you have earned a course grade of ‘A’.
Scenario 2: You got a full 100% on each of the three parts of the project (for 400 total points), 93% of the points on each homework (for 372 total points) However, you did not participate in class. Out of 1000, you’ve earned 772 (77.2%) for a course grade of ’C’.
Scenario 3: You have earned an average of 82% on the project (for 328 total points), 80% on homework (for 320 total points). Your class participation is 85% (for 170 points). Out of 1000, you’ve earned 818 points (81.8%) for a course grade of ’B’.
Scenario 3 with EC: You have a total of 818 points from required coursework. However, you have also completed an extra credit assignment worth 65 points. This EC raises your total points to 883 (88.3%) and your course grade remains a ‘B’.