Juhu beach in the monsoon by Arkopovo Mukherjee, 2007

Monsoon Course on HCI 2010

IDC, IIT Bombay is happy to announce a
nine-day course on HCI design from September 30 to October 9, 2010.

Contents | Schedule | Fees | FAQs...
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Venue: IIT Bombay Guest House (Directions)
Photo: Monsoon in Mumbai, Arkoprovo Mukherjee, 2007

10 Years of HCI Courses in IDC
Update on 17-8-2010: The course is now full and closed for registrations.

Who should attend?

The course is an exposure to user studies, interaction design, usability evaluation and user experience metrics for working professionals. 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 user interface designer with little formal exposure to 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 - Interviewing users
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, identifying user needs
Next, we learn how to analyze interviews and document findings in the form of insights, problems, 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.




Day III, V - Consolidation, product definition, HCI Basics
We learn to consolidate findings across users by techniques such as affinity diagrams and personas. Groups finish off about six interviews each, analyze them and document the requirements in the form of a product definition. On day V 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 V with a round of presentations.


Day VI, VII - Design
Now the fun begins - we get into design from day VI, applying what we learn in projects. We start with understanding of the design process, product goals and scenarios. On Day VII we deep dive into principles and heuristics of HCI and design detailing. Our project work proceeds in paralllel. By end of Day VII, you should have designed your first cut prototypes to represent your ideas and show-case your learning.

Evaluation   Day VIII, IX, X - Evaluation, UX Metrics, Integration with SE
On day VIII, IX and X 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 and will be fine-tuned subsequently.


Day I
Thu, Sep 30
Day II
Fri, Oct 1
Sat, Oct 2
Day IV
Sun, Oct 3
Day V
Mon, Oct 4
Introductions Work models Affinity, model consolidation
Rest /
catch up
Layers of user experience
Contextual interview Interpretation session Personas Conceptual models
CI Practice Other user studies techs. Case study User models
Analysis and tips Interpretation session 1 Interpretation session 2 Affinity, personas
Planning a CI Sharing, redefining focus Interview 3, 4, 5, 6
Interview 1
Interview 2 Interpretation session 3, 4, 5, 6 Presentations I
Day VI
Tue, Oct 5
Wed, Oct 6
Thu, Oct 7
Day IX
Fri, Oct 8
Day X
Sat, Oct 9
Design process Heuristics and Principles of HCI Usability evaluation UX metrics Integrating HCI and SE
Goals of HCI
Heuristic evaluation Usability evaluation Presentation II
Defining product goals

Interface design, prototyping

Improvements Usability evaluation Lessons learnt
Scenarios Test design, recruitment Wrap up
On-screen typography Design detailing Case study TBD

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



Industry professionals

Faculty members

Register before

Early (closed) Rs. 30,000 Rs. 15,000 August 2, 2010
Late (closed) Rs. 34,000 Rs. 17,000 September 9, 2010
Walk-in (closed) Rs. 38,000 Rs. 19,000 September 27, 2010

Update on 17-8-2010: The course is now full and closed for registrations.

Fees include course materials, lunch and refreshments during the course. 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. Please note that TDS need not be deducted towards payments made to IIT Bombay.

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

Cancellation policy - 100% refund till September 2, 50% refund till September 15, 0% refunds after September 16. Exchange allowed till September 29.

Shared accomodation is available in the IIT Bombay guest house for a limited number of participants from September 30 (evening) to October 9. 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 to be approximately Rs. 700 per head, per day, per person, 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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