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Human-Computer Interaction

Code: EIC0057     Acronym: IPCO

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Interaction and Multimedia

Instance: 2014/2015 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEIC 17 Syllabus since 2009/2010 5 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Teresa Galvão Dias

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
José Luís Cabral Moura Borges 1,50
Maria Teresa Galvão Dias 1,50

Teaching language



Main aims: The main aim of this course unit is to prepare students to analyse and project interactive components of systems, particularly the user interface. It should be adequately done, considering the short, the medium and the long term.


1. To prepare students to analyse interactive systems concerning their quantitative and qualitative parameters.

2. To prepare students to use study, observation and questioning techniques based on the understanding of the conceptual model of system users

3. To prepare students to use a construction process of interactive products based on the design, user assessment, conception, prototyping, validation, construction and maintenance.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of this course students should be prepared to:

- understand the importance of Human Computer Interaction in the process of developing interactive systems;

- understand the main design principles

- design an interactive system using a user centered approach, based on requirements gathering, prototyping and testing.

- perform simple usability testing on existing systems, propose and test design alternatives. 

Working method



1. Project of Interaction Design.

2. Understanding and conceptualizing interaction.

3.Understanding users.

4. Affective Aspects.

5. Interfaces and Interactions

6. The process of interaction design.

7.Identifying needs and establishing requirements.

8. Prototyping and Evaluation.

Mandatory literature

Preece, Sharp, Rogers; Interaction design, Wiley, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-470-01866-8

Complementary Bibliography

Norman, Donald A.; The design of everyday things. ISBN: 0-262-64037-6
Donald A. Norman; The Invisible computer. ISBN: 0-262-64041-4
Edward R. Tufte; The visual display of quantitative information. ISBN: 0-9613921-4-2
Edward R Tufte; Visual explanations. ISBN: 0-9613921-2-6
Edward R. Tufte; Envisioning information. ISBN: 0-9613921-1-8
Steve Krug; Don.t make me think!. ISBN: 0-321-34475-8
Jeff Johnson; Designing With the mind in mind, Morgan Kaufmann , 2010. ISBN: 978-0123750303
Giles Colborne; simple and usable, New Riders, 2010. ISBN: 978-0321703545
Jakob Nielsen; Designing web usability. ISBN: 1-56205-810-X
Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin; About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design, John Wiley & Sons, 2007. ISBN: 978-0470084113
Manuel J. Fonseca, Pedro Campos, Daniel Conçalves; Introdução ao Design de Interfaces, FCA, 2012. ISBN: 9789727227389

Teaching methods and learning activities

This course is based on the following activities:

A1. THEORETICAL NOTIONS Students may learn the theoretical notions of this course, which are presented in theoretical and practical theoretical classes, by studying and conceptualizing.

A2. THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL SITUATIONS What have been taught during theoretical and practical-theoretical classes should be followed by study and experimenting.

A3. HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION PROJECT Students have to carry out a group project on the analysis of an interactive system and its evolution. It will be supervised by the professors during the theoretical-practical classes. A

4. SEMINARS Students may have to write a report on sessions given by guests. Questions about the content of the report may be asked on the final exam.

ASSESSMENT COMPONENTS Assessment will be based on the following components (P1 and P2): P1. Group Project- continuous assessment (50%) Each group has to identify a system concerning its interaction with users. The assignment should be based on the study of the system and concurrent systems, contact with users and authors, interviews and queries and an assessment session based on a script previously produced, analysis of interviews and queries, case specification and design and test of a prototype. Students have to develop a cycle like the ones done in class. P1.1 – Group assignment proposal (10%) A report with a proposal of the group assignment (one page) and presentation to colleagues and professors (ten minutes) P1.2- Project report (25%) A final report with the description of the work done by the group (twenty pages top) P1.3- Project presentation (10%) A presentation should be give to colleagues and professors (ten minutes top) All project components have to be delivered (printed) on the course secretariat until 5p.m. For each day of delay on the delivery of components P1.1 and P2.2 one value will be discounted. Students have to reach a minimum grade of 10 out of 20 to complete the course. P2. Individual written exam- 50% Students have to reach a minimum grade of 8 out of 20 in the final exam. Students cannot complete the course if they have a very good mark on the project, but a bad one on the final exam. P3. Participation in classes (5%)


Technological sciences > Technology > Interface technology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Participação presencial 5,00
Trabalho escrito 45,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 30,00
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 50,00
Estudo autónomo 40,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Students have to reach a minimum grade of 10 out of 20 in the component P1. See (Normas Gerais de Avaliação da FEUP 2002”, Art. 4º, nº 1 e Art. 5º, nº 16). Only students who have reached a passing grade on the Project can attend to the final exam. The assessment will also be based on the correctness and quality of the Portuguese language.

Calculation formula of final grade

P1.1: Group assignment proposal (10%)

P1.2: Project report (25%)

P1.3: Project presentation (10%)

P1: Final Project Mark P1 = (0.1 * P1.1 + 0.25 * P1.2 + 0.1 * P1.3) / 0.45

P2: Final Exam (50%)

P3: Participation in classes (5%)

Final Mark = 0.1 * P1.1 + 0.25 * P1.2 + 0.1 * P1.3 + 0.5 * P2 + 0.05 * P3


Final Mark = 0.45 * P1 + 0.5 * P2 + 0.05 * P3

Examinations or Special Assignments

The method for the computation of the final mark for students with special status is identical to the method used for regular students.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students with a special status (working-student, military personnel and high-level competition athletes) can either follow the above mentioned assessment components, or substitute component P1 by an individual or group project with a schedule previously set by the professor.

The students who cannot attend classes, must agree with professors dates for the presentation of the assignments evolution (subject to evaluation) during the period given for their elaboration, as well as do their presentation on the dates foreseen.

Classification improvement

Students may improve the mark of the component P1 in the following academic year. Students may improve the mark of the component P2 in recurso (resit) season.


Students and professors will be in touch by e-mail messages (SIFEUP) Some classes about specific themes may be given by specialists or other professors.

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