CSE 6329 Advanced Human-Computer Interaction

Fall 2013

WWW page: http://www.cse.yorku.ca/course/6329

Time, Location

Mon-Wed 14:30-16:00, VH1152


Scott MacKenzie


LAS 3045

Office Hours

TR 13:00 – 14:00


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Course Description

Our theme in this course in advanced human-computer interaction is "Models, Methods, and Measures". We will learn how to develop and use models of interaction in the design and analysis of user interaction techniques. The term methods implies both methods of interaction and methods of research. We are interested in developing and considering new methods of interaction but, equally, testing their utility through appropriate methods of empirical research. Observation is the foundation of empirical research, and this generally implies gathering, summarizing, and analysing measures of user performance with a technique under test. We will study common measures of user performance and develop new measures appropriate for particular interaction techniques.

Examples of models of interaction include Guiard's model for two-handed interaction or Fitts' model for cursor positioning time. Examples of methods include multitap or dictionary-based text entry on mobile phones. Examples of measures include speed or accuracy or the many variations of these used to elicit other aspects of the user experience. Can you think of any new models, methods, or measures of user interaction?

Textbook: Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective by I. Scott MacKenzie, published by Morgan Kaufmann / Elsevier (2013). Print ISBN: 9780124058651. eBook ISBN: 9780124071650.  Available from Amazon or Elsevier. Click here to visit the book’s web site.

Pre-requisite: CSE5351 / CSE4441 (Human-Computer Interaction) or equivalent.

Format: The format of the course is lecture and discussion, with some student presentations. Some group exercises are also included.

Intended Audience: This course is intended for graduate students with previous studies in human-computer interaction.



% of final grade

Due Date

Participation in class discussions and exercises



In-class presentation


Oct 28

Midterm exam – part 1


Nov. 4

Midterm exam – part 2



Draft research paper


Nov. 20

Final research paper


Dec. 18



Course Policies:

Late assignments or projects will not be accepted, unless prior arrangement has been made with the instructor. Missed midterms are handled in the same way. Note that exceptions to the late policy will be made only in serious cases and if the circumstances are documented and beyond your control. Please see the Departmental WWW page on Academic Policies for details regarding academic dishonesty, etc.