HCI 590 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

Hank Streeter

Office: CDM 740
Fall 2021-2022
Class number: 18277
Section number: 720
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus
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The move away from the desktop and toward ubiquitous, anywhere computing solutions demands solving interaction design and user experience problems in the physical world, for products that are both physical and digital. This course addresses the overlap between (digital) interaction design and (physical) industrial design. After an introduction to highlights of industrial design history, the course examines five primary design principles – sensorial, thoughtful, enduring, and sustainable – with numerous case studies.

Coursework explores each of these principles both in concept and in practice. To encourage students to remain in the physical world, all drawings and diagrams must be hand-drawn – no digital diagrams or digital renderings are accepted. Students create physical prototypes of various iterations of a simple ‘smart’ product using readily-available art materials and supplies.

In order to enable OL students to participate in the course, materials requirements are kept basic so that students can obtain the supplies that they need from most art supply or hobby stores, or online. A budget of approximately $50, in addition to the cost of any texts, should be sufficient to cover the costs for all supplies. See ‘Required & Recommended Texts and Additional Course Materials,’ following, for details.

Physical design benefits from evaluation and analysis from different perspectives. Students are expected to share their work, including sketches and physical prototype photos, with the rest of the class, and provide thoughtful evaluations of each others’ work.


(Required) King, S. and K. Chang (2016). Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design, O’Reilly Media. ISBN-13: 978-1491920398/ISBN-10: 1491920394. Available free to DePaul students to read online through the DePaul Library Safari database.

(Optional) Ching, F.D.K. and S.P. Juroszek (2019). Design Drawing 3rd Edition, Wiley. ISBN-13: 978-1119508595/ISBN-10: 1119508592. This text is recommended if you wish to refine and expand your technical drawing skills.


The following requirement is listed as a prerequisite:

  • HCI 440; completion of HCI 450 or equivalent human factors and psychology coursework is recommended.

Please contact the instructor if you have any questions or concerns about the prerequisite requirement.

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Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296