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There are no enforced prerequisites. Computer graphics and HCI (human-computer interaction) are very helpful but not required. Students from disciplines outside of computer science are welcome: the analysis project option is suitable for non-CS students who have no programming background.


The course will start as with lecture by the professor on the core readings, and the last part of the class will be presentations by the students on additional readings.

Grades in the course will be determined by

There will be no final examination in this course, final project presentations will be in a 3-hour slot during exams (December 19).


Students should do the core readings before the lectures and participate in class discussions during both lectures and student presentations. At 10am (four hours before class starts), students must send me email with a set of 5 questions about the material being covered that day. These questions may be used during discussions.

Attendance in class is expected. If you must miss class you should send me email with an explanation. In this case, you may send your questions to me via email, but you will only be given credit if they arrive by 10am on the day of class.

15% of your grade is based on the required reading questions you submit before class. 7% on class discussion - both during the professor's lectures, and during your classmates' presentation.


I will send you mail with detailed feedback on your work over the course of the term as it is completed. Your project grade will be based on the following criteria: The project grades will be broken down based on the weights proposal 10%, update 10%, report 20%, presentation 10%, content 50%, although the exact weighting may vary. In many case I'll be bucket-sorting individual components of your grade based on on a scale of the sort {great 100%, good 89%, ok 78%, poor 67%}, although the exact weighting may vary.

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Tamara Munzner
Last modified: Mon Sep 12 12:19:30 PDT 2005