CSCI 4260/8266: User Interface Design and Development

Spring 2012

Meeting time: MW 7:00-8:15
Classroom: PKI 157
Instructor: Dr. Harvey Siy
Office: PKI 281B
Phone: (402)554-2834
Office Hours: By appointment (call or email in advance)
Email: hsiy at unomaha dot edu
Textbooks: The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman, Basic Books, 2002
About Face 3.0 by Alan Cooper, Wiley, 2007
(optional) Building Interactive Systems by Dan Olsen, Cengage Learning, 2010


This course focuses on engineering and scientific approaches to user interface design and evaluation.

Supplementary Material

Supplementary material may be drawn from the following and will be provided as handouts:

Learning Objectives

Students who complete this course should have knowledge of process, methods, tools used in user interface development and usability testing.

Topics covered


1) Software engineering background
2) Proficiency in web development or Java or C# programming.

1) Human-Computer Interaction (CSCI 4250/8256).
2) Prior experience with GUI programming.


(See BlackBoard for current list.)


Students taking the class as CSCI4260 will be evaluated as follows:
Homeworks 20%
Projects 40%
Exams 35%
Participation 5%

Students taking the class as CSCI8266 will be evaluated as follows:
Homeworks 10%
Projects 35%
Exams 35%
Participation 5%
Research paper 15%


Some assignments will revolve around readings of book chapters from The Design of Everyday Things. The book will be used for in class discussions of design principles. A writeup is to be submitted before every discussion.

Other assignments may include an interview and persona development exercise and implementation exercise.

Policy on late homeworks


The semester project is intended to put into practice the interface design principles learned throughout the course. The project can be any application as long as:


Exam dates:

Graduate Student Research Paper

Students taking the class as CSCI8266 will also write a paper on an advanced topic in a user interface research area. Each student must also make a 20-minute presentation on their paper near the end of the semester.


Throughout the semester, there will be various opportunities for class participation, including interactions during lectures, structured discussions, demos, etc. Try your best to participate in all activities.

There may also be an opportunity to participate in a usability study project. More details later.

Academic Integrity

Cheating will not be tolerated for project assignments, exams and other assignments. Consult the UNO Student Policies and Department of Computer Science Policies and Procedures for formal policies about cheating and plagiarism.