CSE 171: User Interface Design: Social and
1. The class notes are not a substitute for the assigned readings!
They are often critical commentaries meant to supplement or correct the
readings, and sometimes they just reflect what I felt like writing at the
time, or what was easy to copy in from somewhere else, rather than what is
most important. Also, please note that the lectures and the readings beyond
the text are at least as important as the text itself.
2. Readings and homework for a given week will normally be posted on the
class website on Thursday and/or Friday of the week before; posted material is
subject to change until Saturday, but any changes after Friday will be
minimal. They are due the following Thursday.
3. Some of you may be unable read assigned gziped postscript papers,
probably due to using MS Explorer without gunzip and/or ghostview; the TA for
a previous version of this class wrote a short note on
this problem, as part of his discussion notes for that
class. You will probably have no trouble with unix machines, and you will
certainly have no trouble with the CSE unix machines on campus.
Due 26 April:
Due 3 May: This may look like a lot, but each item is relatively short.
- Due 5 April:Although theoretically this material should have been read before the
first class meeting, it is of course acceptable to have read it before the
- Due 12 April:
- Due 19 April:
- Chapter 3 of Shneiderman.
- Section 3 of the class notes.
- Communication and Collaboration from a CSCW
Perspective by Mark
Ackerman. This paper is very condensed and will need to be read several
times by many of you; you may need a dictionary, and the class notes will
- The section entitled "Signs," in Semiotics for
Beginners by Daniel Chandler, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; you
may also want to read the "Introduction" and/or the "Preface"; if so, I
recommend doing so after reading the "Signs" section. You do not need to
have a deep understanding of this material; however, it is interesting to get
a taste of how semiotics is used in the humanities, and the historical
information is also of some interest. The most important points about basic
semiotics can be found in On
Notation by Joseph Goguen, which is required reading for next wek.
- (Optional) Direct
Manipulation vs. Interface Agents by Ben Shneiderman and Pattie Maes,
Interactions, 4, no. 6, pp 42-61, 1997. Digest of a debate held at
the 1997 CHI.
Due 10 May:
Due 17 May:
Due 24 May:
Due 31 May:
Due 7 June:
To CSE 171 homepage
Maintained by Joseph Goguen
© 2000, 2001 Joseph Goguen, all rights reserved
Last modified: Tue Jun 5 12:36:30 PDT 2001