Mumbai in the monsoon by Arkopovo Mukherjee, 2007

Monsoon Course on HCI 2011

IDC, IIT Bombay is happy to announce a nine-day course on HCI design from June 29 to July 12, 2011.

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

Update on 30-5-11: 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 user interface designer with little formal exposure to design
  • A design professional with experience in another design field and now want to move to interaction design
  • 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 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   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.

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.




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.


Now the fun begins - we get into design from day VII, 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. We also take a look at design of detailed interfaces, information and voice user interfaces. By end of Day IX, you should have designed your first cut prototypes to represent your ideas and show-case your learning and presented your achievements to other groups.

Evaluation   Evaluation, UX Metrics, Integration with SE
Towards the end of the course, 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
Wed, Jun 29
Day II
Thu, Jun 30
Fri, Jul 1
Day IV
Sat, Jul 2
Day V
Sun, Jul 3
    Introductions Work models Affinity, model consolidation    
    Contextual interview Interpretation session Personas Interview 4-6
    CI Practice Other user studies techs. Case studies    
    Analysis and tips

Interpretation 1 Interpretation 2    
    Planning a CI Sharing, redefining focus Interview 3 Interpretation 4-6
    Interview 1
Interview 2 Interpretation 3    
Day VI
Mon, Jul 4
Tue, Jul 5
Wed, Jul 6
Day IX
Thu, Jul 7
Day IX
Fri, Jul 8
Day XI
Sat, Jul 9
Sun, Jul 10
Layers of user experience Design process Heuristics and Principles of HCI Usability evaluation Case studies: Interaction design for development Tutorial on eye movement recorders (tentative)  
Conceptual models Goals of HCI
User models Defining product goals Heuristic evaluation  
Affinity, personas Scenarios

Interface design

Presentation II Improvements Usability
Scenarios Prototyping Test design, recruitment    
Presentation I On-screen typography Design detailing Information design Voice-based interfaces

Mon, Jul 11
Tue, Jul 12
UX metrics Integrating HCI and SE          
Usability evaluations Presentation III  
Usability evaluations Lessons learnt
Wrap up



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



Industry professionals

Faculty members

Register before

Early Rs. 36,000 Rs. 18,000 (closed) May 27, 2011
Late Rs. 44,000 Rs. 22,000 (closed) June 20, 2011
Walk-in Rs. 48,000 Rs. 24,000 (closed) June 27, 2011

Update on 30-5-11: 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.

Alternatively, you may transfer the amount to IIT Bombay account and inform me (anirudha[at] the amount, the transaction ID and the date of transfer.

Name of the Bank : State Bank of India
Banker's address : IIT Powai Branch, A.S. Marg, Powai, Mumbai-400 076 India.
Phone with code : +91-22-25728555
Bank A/c No. : 10725729128
Account Type : CURRENT
MICR Code : 400002034
IFSC / BIC Code : SBIN0001109

If your organization needs an invoice before it can send payment, please request for an invoice for Early registration before May 16, and for Late registration before June 9.

Cancellation policy - 100% refund till June 9, 50% refund till June 20, 0% refunds after June 20. Exchange allowed till September 29.

Shared accomodation is available in the IIT Bombay guest house for a limited number of participants from June 28 (evening) to July 13. 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. 750 per head, per day, 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]

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