HCI 594 Human-Computer Interaction Capstone

Hank Streeter

Office: CDM 740
Fall 2021-2022
Class number: 4246
Section number: 720
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus
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HCI 594 is a team-based course, in which students build and reflect upon skills, methods, and techniques learned in previous HCI courses. Everyone registered in the class is expected to be a member of a three- or four-person team. Course participation includes research paper discussions, project exercises, peer reviews, and contributions to general course discussions. Course participation is demonstrated by participating in various online discussion forums.

The course project is a comprehensive work that draws upon principles and methods learned in the foundation and advanced courses. It should include the research and design of an actual application or portion of an application, using HCI principles and methods. The project work must include: a competitive review of similar Web sites, applications, or products; a basic literature review to guide and support your design innovations; ‘live’ user research, such as contextual inquiry or interviews, early in the project; appropriate user-centered design processes such as information architecture analysis and design; multiple methods for designing or evaluating the interactive materials, e.g., paper prototype, low-fidelity clickable prototype, and a mid- or high-fidelity prototype; and, at least two rounds of prototyping/usability evaluation, using the collected data for revising the design.The project is summarized in the final report.

Students choose their projects with the advice and consent of the instructor.

The project must be an original work and may not be applied for academic credit in another course or be part of a student’s employment duties.

Students are expected to share project proposals, reading summaries, and project exercise reports with the rest of the class.


Selected readings, mostly from the ACM Digital Library and the Web. Access to these articles are free from DePaul computers and from any computer using DePaul proxy servers through the library Web site. Article information and reading assignments are provided in the HCI 594 Course Guide and Course Checklist posted on D2L.


The following prerequisite requirement is listed for this class:

  • HCI 445 and HCI 430 and HCI 450 and HCI 460 and (HCI 454 or HCI 457)

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

School policies:

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