Core Lecture: Human Computer Interaction / Winter term 2020


Type Core Lecture (9CP)
Format 4h lecture and 2h tutorial and 1h (optional) live Q&A per week. Weekly assignments. Final written exam.
The lecture will be fully online; recordings will be made available on Moodle, complemented by a weekly live online meeting for Q&A with Prof. Steimle.

Tutorials will be fully online, with optional in-person activities, as the situation allows.

Time Live kick-off session on Tuesday, November 3, 10:15 via Zoom ( with important information on the course structure and registration. This session is mandatory to attend.
Weekly online Q&A with Prof. Steimle on Wednesdays, 14:15
Tutorials will be offered at multiple time slots throughout the week. The exact times will be announced soon.
Starting Tuesday, November 3, 2020 10:15
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
  • Gestural 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 2019/20, 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 2019/20 to HCI in winter term 2020/21, 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.



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.


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
Dr. Paul Strohmeier