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CSCI 380 Course Syllabus

College of CharlestonAugust 23, 2016

CSCI 380 User Interface Development

Course Syllabus


Dr. Bill Manaris


Room: 326 Harbor Walk East Building
Phone: (95)3-8159
E-mail: manarisb@cofc.edu
Web: http://www.cs.cofc.edu/~manaris/

Office Hours:

MWF, 2-3pm
Other hours available by appointment.

Course Description:

Introduction to human-computer interaction and user interface development. Topics include human factors of interactive software, interactive styles, design principles and considerations, development methods and tools, interface quality, and evaluation methods. Stresses the importance of good interfaces and the relationship of user interface design to human-computer interaction.

Prerequisites/ Requirements:

  • CSCI 221 with a grade of C- or better.
  • MATH 207 (co-requisite or prerequisite)



Additional reading materials will provided via handouts and the class website.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand how HCI relates to other aspects of software engineering
  • To understand basic human and machine factors that influence the development of interactive computing systems
  • To gain basic skills and knowledge for user interface design
  • To acquire skills in integrating HCI into the system development life-cycle (analysis, design, implementation, evaluation)
  • To develop an appreciation for user-centered design
  • To learn at least one development methodology and one toolkit for prototyping/implementing user interfaces
  • To gain awareness of other tools and methods available
  • To develop at least one user interface
  • To gain additional experience with team work and collaborative development efforts


To receive a passing grade for the course, you must average a passing grade on each of the following: assignments, tests, and final exam.
Scale: A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; D: 60-69; F: <60. The grades of B+/, C+/, and D+/ may be given at the professor's discretion.

Final Grade Computation: Assignments (4-6) 30%, Tests (2) 40%, Comprehensive Final Exam or Final Project 20%, and Class Participation 10%.

Honor Code:

  • You must do your assignments alone (or with your teammates, for group assignments).
  • You are not allowed to discuss assignments and possible solutions with any person other than the instructor (or with your teammates, for group assignments). Any violation of these rules is an honor offense.
  • On assignments you will be asked to identify the person(s) you received help from, if any.
  • Also see the College of Charleston Student Handbook, especially sections on The Honor Code (p. 11), and Student Code of Conduct (p. 12). There is other useful information there.

Test Policies:

  • Attendance at tests is mandatory. You must complete tests with no discussion or sharing of information with other students.
  • Calculators, computers, cell phones, etc. may not be used during a test, unless otherwise directed.

Classroom Policies:

  • You are expected to attend all classes, and be in class on-time. If you accumulate 4 or more absences, you may be given a 'WA' grade.
    • If you miss class, you must fill out Absence Memo Request Form from the Absence Memo Office.
    • If you miss class, you are responsible for announcements made in class, assignment due dates, etc.
  • You are expected to take good notes during lecture.
  • You should turn off all electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, etc.).
  • You must use the computers only as directed during class. Studies show that taking notes in longhand (as opposed to laptop, etc.) results in higher grades. Therefore, you should use a regular notebook (pen and paper) for note-taking. Also, in this course, lectures will routinely include drawings and other diagrams. Also, see
  • You are expected to participate in class with questions and invited discussion.
  • You are expected to do your own work during class activities, exercises, and assignments.
  • Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me individually to discuss your specific needs. Also, please contact the Center for Disability Services for additional help.
  • In summary, you should contribute positively to the classroom learning experience, and respect your classmates right to learn (see College of Charleston Student Handbook, section on Classroom Code of Conduct (p. 58)).

Assignment Policies:

  • Assignment grades will be based on creative inspiration, design, style, and correctness of result.
  • Assignments may NOT be submitted via email.
  • Submission instructions will be provided for each assignment.

Late Policy:

  • You have four "late" days for the whole semester. You may use these days as you wish for assignment submission. If you use them up, no late assignments will be accepted.
  • If you submit everything on time (i.e., use no late days), you will earn an additional 2.5 bonus points on your course grade.