• CRN: #54802
  • Lecture: TR 10:30-11:50 am, Wellman 212
  • Discussion: Tue 6:00-7:00 pm, Haring 2016
  • Instructor: Prof. Hao-Chuan Wang, hciwang at ucdavis.edu
  • TA: Sandra Bae, suybae at ucdavis.edu
  • UC Davis Canvas: https://canvas.ucdavis.edu/courses/293005, for assignment submission, grades and discussions.
  • Course syllabus: Link to PDF

In Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), we focus on principles, concepts, and methods for designing, prototyping and evaluating user interfaces and computer systems, so that they are usable, useful and enjoyable for the users to use. The focus of modern HCI is on how to introduce quality experiences of use through design to users (also commonly referred as “user experience”).

This course is an introductory HCI course for undergraduate students. Throughout this course, students will actively engage in course activities designed to familiarize students with the fundamental principles, concepts and methods for designing, prototyping and evaluating user interface and user-oriented computing applications.

Lectures, Readings and Assignments


  • [Norman] Donald Norman. 2013. The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition. Basic Books. ISBN#9780465050659
  • [Preece, Sharp & Rogers] Jenny Preece, Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers. 2015. Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction. 4th Ed. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN#9781119020752
  • [Raskin] Jef Raskin. 2000. The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems. Addison-Wesley Professional. ISBN# 9780201379372 (OPTIONAL)
  • [Krug] Steve Krug. 2014. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited. New Riders Publishing. ISBN#9780321965516 (OPTIONAL)


  • Lecture: 2.5 hours per week (Tue, Thu)
  • Studio activity: 0.5 hour tutorial lecture, and 1 hour for student practices (may use the Discussion session)
  • Discussion: 1 hour per week (Tue 6pm)


Assignments 30% (10% each)
Midterm 15%
Paper reading comments 15% (5% each batch)
Final project 40% (proposal 10%, progress report 10%, final report 20%)

Posted on March 24, 2018