Professor Kirstie Hawkey,

Office: Kaiser 4044

Day / Time / Location Tue & Thu 14:00 - 15:30

544 details in the UBC calendar

First Class Tuesday, September 9 (second week of the term)
Office Hours There are no formal office hours. Please book a meeting with instructor via email.
Prerequisites 1. Graduate standing, with an undergraduate course in Human-Computer Interaction (comparable to CS344 or CS444) or permission of the instructor.

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2. Undergraduate standing, with CS344 or CS444, and permission of the instructor and satisfaction of FOGS requirements for undergraduates registering in graduate courses. Follow the procedure for undergraduates.

In addition:

A background in Computer Science is not required to take this course, although the class size is restricted and there are a limited number of positions available for non-CS students.

Graduate students from departments other than Computer Science can register in the course. A number of slots are reserved for students from Psychology (PSYC), Commerce (COMM), EECE, Education (EDUC), Interdisplinary studies (INDS), and the School of Library and Information Science (SLAIS). When those slots are full, or for students from all other departments, an Add/Drop form is required. Follow the procedure for graduate students from other departments. These students will be admitted on a space-available basis at the first class meeting.

Graduate students who have the pre-requisite, or who require this course for their graduate research (including those participating in the MAGIC HCI Specialization in HCI), will be given priority.

The most important prerequisite for this course is an ability to write, speak, and understand English.

Overview This is intended to be an advanced course in Human-Computer Interaction. 

This course will provide a deeper treatment of some topics that are typically found  in an undergraduate HCI course. For example: design methodologies, evaluation methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative), human information processing, aspects of human movement, cognition and perception.

This course will also introduce students to research frontiers in HCI. For example: groupware and computer-supported cooperative work; customizable and adaptive systems; small screen, large screen, and tabletop displays; hypertext and multimedia; virtual and augmented reality.

The specific topics to be covered during the term will be announced during the first week of the course. 

Course Materials

Survey and research articles will be the primary text for the course, chosen from a collection of readings.

Some of the readings can be found in Human-Computer Interaction: Toward the Year 2000 by Ronald M. Baecker, Jonathan Grudin, William A.S. Buxton, and Saul Greenberg (Morgan Kaufmann, 1995, ISBN 1-55860-246-1). There are two copies of this text available in the ICICS/CS Reading Room for use in the RR (one copy) or short term loan (one copy).

Some of the readings are available on-line in the ACM Digital Library. You have access to this through the UBC Library proxy server. Set your browser to use the proxy ( and port 8000) and then login using your UBC library card number as your name and the last five digits of your card as your password.

Selected articles not available in either of these will be on reserve in the ICICS/CS Reading Room (for copying only).

Evaluation Students will complete two to three individual assignments which include a short report and presentation on an advanced HCI topic. In addition there will be a project that is done in groups of three to five students.
HCI Studio (X360) The HCI Studio is available to CPSC 544 students for their group project work. The studio provides an excellent environment for teams to work together; it contains 6 round tables with two workstations per table. The workstations are equipped with prototyping and video editing software.

Further details about the availability of the studio as well as access instructions and its resources can be found here.