Bill Manaris : Spring 2017 / CSCI 380 Course Syllabus
College of CharlestonJul. 22, 2017

CSCI 380 – User Interface Development

Course Syllabus


Dr. Bill Manaris


Room: 326 Harbor Walk East Building
Phone: (95)3-8159

Office Hours:

MWF, 11:30am-12:30pm
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+: 85-89; B: 80-84; C+: 75-79; C: 70-74; D+: 65-69; D: 60-64; F: 0-59.

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:

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.
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