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Spring Course on HCI 2009

IDC, IIT Bombay is happy to announce a ten-day course on human-computer interaction design from March 23 to April 3, 2009. The course is an exposure to user studies, interaction design, usability evaluation and user experience metrics.

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Time: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Venue: IIT Bombay Guest House
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Who should attend?

This course is for working professionals who want to do interaction design, information architecture or usability evaluation. This course is for you if you are:

  • A software professional with experience in user interface design, but no formal training
  • A quality professional in the IT industry, who would like to learn about usability
  • A design professional with experience in another design field and now want to move to interaction design
  • A product manager responsible for the delivery of software products
  • An account executive responsible for client interaction in the IT industry
  • A faculty member in an engineering college who would like to teach a course on HCI.


  • To get an exposure to issues, theories, principles and concerns relating to human interaction with interactive products
  • To practice the process and the techniques for user studies, interaction design and usability evaluation

After attending the course, participants should be able to undertake design of interactive products. Those who are already involved in interaction design should be able to improve the user experience quality of the products they design, and will understand the theory behind what they do. Those responsible for the software development process will be able to make the process in their organizations more user-centered.

For contents, schedule and fees, scroll down. While there are many guest lectures planned, a large part of the course will be conducted by Prof. Anirudha Joshi. The names of other speakers will be announced later. To see a list of past participants, click here.


Contextual Interview   Day I - User Studies
Users first. We start with understanding user needs by learning the technique of contextual interview. We also spend some time to initiate and understand the project we will be doing.

Day II- Analysis
Next, we learn how to analyze interviews and document findings in the form of insights, design ideas and work models. We compare the contextual interview with other techniques such as focus groups and rapid assessment process and apply them in more interviews.



Consolidation   Day III, IV - Consolidation, Product Definition and HCI Basics
We learn to consolidate findings across users by techniques such as affinity diagrams and personas. Groups finish off about five interviews each, analyze them and document the requirements in the form of a product definition. On day IV we start understanding basics of HCI - the layers of user experience in interactive products, some concepts in cognitive psychology and more user modelling techniques. We end Day IV with a round of presentations.

Day V to IX- Design
Now the fun begins - we get into design from day V, applying what we learn in projects. We start with understanding of the design process, product goals and scenarios. Day VI and VII are the weekend - marinate in what you have learnt, catch up on work, trek on the hill, or just relax. On Day VIII and IX we are back to the classroom with a deep dive into principles and heuristics of HCI, typography and information design. Our project work proceeds in paralllel. By end of Day IX, you should have designed your first cut prototypes to represent your ideas and show-case your learning.

Evaluation   Day X, XI and XII - Evaluation, UX Metrics and Integration with SE
On day X, XI and XII we try our hand at some usability evaluation techniques. We then look at ways of integrating the HCI design process in software engineering processes and some new research in user experience metrics. We wrap up the project with a presentation by each group and carry home our lessons learnt.

Guest Lectures / Case Studies / Activities
We end each day with a guest lecture, a case study or an activity. Guest lecture topics are still being decided, but could be on-screen typography, information visualization, animation in interactive products, patterns in interaction design, information architecture, emotional design, interaction design for Indian needs, accessibility, plus a few case studies.

Course contents are tentative as of now. They will be fine-tuned in due course.


Day I
Mon, Mar 23
Day II
Tue, Mar 24
Wed, Mar 25
Day IV
Thu, Mar 26
Day V
Fri, Mar 27
Introductions Work models Affinity, model consolidation Layers of user experience Design process
Contextual interview Interpretation session Personas Conceptual models Goals of HCI
CI Practice Other user studies techs. Interpretation session 2 User models Defining product goals
Analysis and tips Interpretation session 1 Interview 3 / 4 / 5 Affinity, personas Scenarios
Planning, defining project focus Sharing, redefining focus Interpretation session 3, 4, 5 Scenarios and conceptual model
Interview 1
Interview 2 Presentations I TBD
Mon, Mar 30
Day IX
Tue, Mar 31
Day X
Wed, Apr 1
Day XI
Thu, Apr 2
Fri, Apr 3
Heuristics and Principles of HCI On-screen typography Heuristic evaluation Usability evaluation Integrating HCI and SE processes
Information design Heuristic evaluation Test design User experience metrics
TBD UXM calculation
Interface design Prototypes Improvements Usability evaluation Presentation II
Lessons learnt

The contents and the schedule are tentative and subject to change.



Working professionals

Faculty members

Register before

Early (closed) Rs. 28,000 Rs. 14,000 February 10, 2009*
Late (closed) Rs. 32,000 Rs. 16,000 March 2, 2009*
Walk-in Rs. 36,000 Rs. 18,000 March 18, 2009

* If your organization needs an invoice before it can send payment, please request for an invoice for Early registration before January 30, and for Late registration before February 19.

To register, please send a demand draft for the fees in favour of "Registrar IIT Bombay, CEP account" to: Anirudha Joshi, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai 400 076. Fees include course materials, lunch and refreshments during the course. Please note that TDS need not be deducted towards payments made to IIT Bombay.

Accomodation is available in the IIT Bombay guest house to a limited number of people. If you require guest house accommodation, do mention this at the time of registration. Please note that accommodation costs are not included in the fees (expect costs approximately Rs. 650 per head, per day, shared, including meals). Please do not send the accommodation cost at the time of registration - you need to pay these when you check out.

If you need more information please contact anirudha[at]iitb.ac.in.

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