Core Lecture: Human Computer Interaction / Winter term 2018


  Type Core Lecture (9CP)
  Time Tuesday, 10:15-12:00
Wednesday, 14:15-16:00
  Place Lecture hall 002.1 in E1.3 (Hörsaal II)
  Starting Tuesday, 23th October (no lecture during 1st week)
  Language English
  Links LSF , Moodle


This course teaches the theoretical and practical foundations for human computer interaction. It covers a wide overview of topics, techniques and approaches used for the design and evaluation of modern user interfaces.

The course covers the principles that underlie successful user interfaces, provides an overview of input and output devices and user interface types, and familiarizes students with the methods for designing and evaluating user interfaces. Students learn to critically assess user interfaces, to design user interfaces themselves, and to evaluate them in empirical studies.


  • Fundamentals of human-computer interaction
  • User interface paradigms, input and output devices
  • Desktop & graphical user interfaces
  • Mobile user interfaces
  • Natural user interfaces
  • User-centered interaction design
  • Design principles and guidelines
  • Prototyping
  • Evaluation of user interfaces


This lecture replaces the UID lecture. Therefore students who successfully completed UID will not be allowed to take the lecture.

Transfer of credit from previous semesters:

  • “I have successfully completed the exercises and projects of HCI in winter term 2017/18, but have not passed the final exam. Can I just write the exam?”
    Yes you can transfer your exercises and projects from HCI in winter term 2017/18 to HCI in winter term 2018/19, so you do not have to hand in exercises and project assignments a second time. 
  • You cannot transfer partial grades from previous HCI or UID lectures.

Details on the grading scheme will be announced in the first lecture.


Attendance of the tutorials is recommended but not mandatory.

Exercise sessions:

Date & Time Place Tutor Email
Monday, 12-14 Room 0.08, Building E 1.7 (MMCI) Sven Ehses
Tuesday, 14-16 Room 0.08, Building E 1.7 (MMCI) Divyanshu Bhardwaj
Wednesday, 10-12 Room 0.08, Building E 1.7 (MMCI) Alina Makhkamova
Thursdays, 10-12 Room 0.08, Building E 1.7 (MMCI) Alexander Müller
Thursdays, 14-16 Room 0.08, Building E 1.7 (MMCI) Amr Gomaa


You do not have to register for this lecture beforehand. Just come to the first lecture and then register for an exercise group on moodle.

  • If you are a student of the computer science department: your user name and password for moodle is the same as the one you have received for the CS owncloud.
    Forgot your password? If you have forgotten your password or not sure if you have an account or not, try this link to reset your password. Use your university email address. Give the system about 20mins to send your credentials. If you do not receive an email after that time, make sure you check your junk/spam email folder before requesting for a new account.
  • If you haven’t received an mail regarding your account please contact Alex Fauss.
  • If you are NOT a student of the computer science department and if you sure that you don’t have an account, then please fill the form at this link.

Important: Later in the semester, a few weeks before the exam, you have to register for the exam on HISPOS. The registration must be made no later than one week before the exam.


  Date Venue
Exam 18th February, 2019 – 10:00 to 12:00 Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal, Mathematik HS I E2 5
Re-Exam 1st April 2019 – 14:00 to 16:00 Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal, Mathematik HS II E2 5


The lecture will be based on the book:
Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (Rogers et al, 3rd ed.)

Additional literature:

  • Shneiderman, B., Plaisant, C.: Designing the User Interface, Pearson, 5th ed.
  • Butz, A., Krüger, A.: Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion, De Gruyter
  • Preim, B., Dachselt, R.: Interaktive Systeme, Springer, 2nd edition (two volumes)
  • Dix, A.: Human-Computer Interaction, Pearson, 3rd edition

All books are available in the library (paper copy, some of them also electronic, see here


Slides and assignments will be made available on the moodle platform.



Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle

Tutorials and Organization
Narjes Pourjafarian, MSc.


Alina Makhkamova

Alexander Müller

Sven Ehses

Amr Gomaa

Divyanshu Bhardwaj