CISC 325 Fall 2015: Preliminary Information

This is an introductory course in Human Computer Interaction and Interface Design, required for COCA and SODE students. Here is the current Arts & Science calendar entry for CISC 325:

CISC 325/3.0 Human-Computer Interaction
Developing usable software requires that human factors be considered throughout the design and development process. This course introduces a series of techniques for developing and evaluating usable software, and shows how these techniques can be integrated into a process for software development.
PREREQUISITE CISC 124/3.0 and CISC 235/3.0
EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from CISC 325/3.0; SOFT 325/3.0


This page provides some basic information about CISC (and CMPE) 325. Full course information and files for downloading are located on the associated Moodle site.


There are three lecture hours each week. We meet on Mondays at 14:30, Tuesdays at 16:30, and Thursdays at 15:30, in Biosciences 1102. The classroom hours PowerPoint slides of lecture material. Links to the lecture notes and examples will be posted in advance whenever possible.


image of the text book cover The textbook is The UX Book: Process and guidelines for ensuring a quality user experience, by Rex Hartson and Pardha S. Pyla. The Campus Bookstore has new copies available.
Here's a link to the textbook's companion web site.

Instructor: Jim Rodger

My office is in Goodwin Hall, Room 554. I may not schedule fixed Office Hours initially, but you may always contact me to arrange for individual meetings. Send email or speak to me at class to make an appointment. I encourage you to contact me with your questions and concerns, or to arrange to meet privately at a mutually convenient time. is the best way to get in touch, since I don't use my office telephone or Queen's voice mail.

Teaching Assistants: TBA

Term Project

The structure of the course includes a major component related to a group term project. Students will be expected to organize into groups of four and work together over the duration of the term. Each group will plan, design and develop an Android App. The work will be divided into several phases with submission of work-in-progress for grading at each of several corresponding milestone. Each group will have the use of a Google Nexus 7 tablet as the target platform.


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