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Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

Graduate Courses |

(Interdepartmental Graduate Program)

Supervisory Committee: Brian Mennecke, Steven Hernstadt, James Oliver, Chair; Derrick Parkhurst, Julie Dickerson, Chui Shui Chan

Graduate Study

Work is offered for the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees with a major in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). The graduate program in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) welcomes applicants from a diverse collection of technical and creative fields whose unifying characteristic is the desire to develop new ways to bridge the gap between human and machine. The students must demonstrate skill in software development and proficiency in high-level, object-oriented programming. To accommodate students who lack exposure to programming, the HCI interdepartmental graduate major will offer an introductory course to provide a base of technical skills.

At the Masters level, entrance requirements will include an undergraduate degree and demonstrable software skills. The degree calls for 30 credit hours of course work including appropriate credit for the master's thesis. The core required courses in the Human Computer Interaction graduate program include three out of four foundation courses: I E 574 "Interaction Techniques for Emerging Technologies," or HCI 575X "Computational Perception", MIS 655 "Organizational and Social Implications of Human Computer Interaction," and Psych 521 "Cognitive Psychology of Human Computer Interaction."

All programs of study for the Ph.D. must include 1) the three core HCI courses listed above, if not completed as part of the student's masters program; 2) one or more research methods courses; and 3) a minimum of 6 additional courses (18 credits) spanning both the student's primary area of specialization and HCI-related courses necessary to provide additional background relevant to the student's research.

Information on applications procedures and specific requirements of the major can be obtained from the following Internet address:

Courses for graduate students

HCI 520. Computational Analysis of English.(Cross-listed with ENGL,LING). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Engl 510 or 511. Concepts and practices for analysis of English by computer with emphasis on the applications of computational analysis to problems in applied linguistics such as corpus analysis and recognition of learner language in computer-assisted learning and language assessment.

HCI 521. Cognitive Psychology of Human Computer Interaction.(Cross-listed with PSYCH). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Graduate classification or instructor approval. Biological, behavioral, perceptual, cognitive and social issues relevant to human computer interactions.

HCI 522. Scientific Methods in Human Computer Interaction.(Cross-listed with PSYCH). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2011.Prereq: Psych 521 and Stat 101 or equivalent. Basics of hypothesis testing, experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data, and the ethical principles of human research as they apply to research in human computer interaction.

HCI 590. Special Topics.Cr. arr. Repeatable.Investigation of problems of special interest in human computer interaction.

HCI 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.