Core Lecture Human-Computer Interaction / Summer term 2017

 TypeCore Lecture (9CP)
 TimeMonday, 16:15-18:00
Wednesday, 14:15-16:00
 PlaceLecture hall 001 in E1.3
 StartingWednesday, 19th April
 LinksLSF, 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. Additionally, students who have previously taken a similar introduction to HCI course elsewhere will not be eligible to take the class.


Transfer of credit from UID 2016:

  • “I have successfully completed the exercises of UID 2016, but have not passed the final exam. Can I just write the exam?”
    Yes you can transfer your exercises from UID 2016 to HCI 2017, so you do not have to hand in exercises and project assignments a second time. In this case, we will grade your project assignment from UID 2016. This grade contributes 30% of your final grade of HCI 2017, while the final exam of HCI 2017 contributes 70%. In this case, fill in your details in this form no later than April 30, 2017. 
  • “I have successfully completed the UID lecture in 2016. Can I transfer the credit to the new HCI lecture, and hence credit it as a core lecture?”
    Yes you can. You have to direct a written request to the examination board.


This lecture will be also offered in the next winter semester (WS 2017/18): This course is offered in the summer semester for the last time for reasons of backward-compatibility with the old media informatics curriculum. From next winter semester (winter 2017/18) onwards, this course will be offered in winter semesters. We therefore encourage you to consider taking this class in the coming winter semester.


Regular attendance of the tutorials is mandatory. Completion of weekly exercises and of a course project is mandatory.


Exercise sessions:

Date & TimePlaceTutorEmail
Monday, 12-14Room 0.01, Building E 1.7 (MMCI)Omair Shahzad Bhatti
Wednesday, 10-12Room 0.01, Building E 1.7 (MMCI)Alexander Müller
Thursdays, 14-16Room 0.01, Building E 1.7 (MMCI)Kevin Mü
Friday, 12-14Room 0.01, Building E 1.7 (MMCI)Jan

Tutorials start on Friday, 5th May.


Important: Deadline for the registration has passed and we do not accept anymore students. Please consider joining the course in winter semester.


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 on or before Friday, April 21. 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. 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. 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 have enrolled in more than one group (group of three), please indicate the groups that you want to be removed from by completing 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.


Exam26th July, 2017 – 14:30 to 16:00Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal and Lecture Hall I in E2 5 (Mathematics)
Re-Exam12th Oct, 2017 – 14:30 to 16:00Physics Lecture Hall, building C6 4

NOTE: Exam and re-exam will start 14:30 sharp. Therefore, you should be present at the exam hall 15 minutes before (14:15) leaving time for you to find your seat and other preparations.


The registration for exams in LSF/HISPOS is open now. If you have problems registering for the exam, please contact


Alternatively, if you have registered in VIPA system, this is also taken as an official registration. You do not have to do any further actions.


If you do not have access to any of the above systems, please write to with your full name, matriculation number and your department.


Deadline for exam registration is one week before the exam date.

Exam Review

Date and time: 11:00 to 13:00 Monday, 7th August, 2017

Location: Room 0.01, Building E 1.7 (MMCI)


  • You must register in the following URL to participate in the review process so that we can do the necessary preparations. Deadline for registration is 17:00 3rd August 17.
  • Any form of cheating will result in a failed grade for the course. You are allowed to directly talk to tutors regarding issues.
  • To allow all the students to have a fair chance at review, please try to restrict review time to 10 minutes unless there is a serious discrepancy.
  • You cannot use any additional material in the review room.
  • We will only allow 6 students at a time in the room, so, please expect a reasonable waiting time.
  • You have to bring your student ID card with you to the review session.
  • In case of a serious issue which is not resolved in the session, you can take a secondary review at a later time.



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. Anusha Withana


Omair Shahzad Bhatti

Alexander Müller

Kevin Müller

Jan Ehrlich