Spring Course on HCI 2008

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Updated on Jan 14, 2008: The course is full and the registration is now closed. In case you would like to attend a similar course in future, kindly send an email to

IDC is happy to announce a course on human-computer interaction design in the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay from February 5-15, 2008. The course is an exposure to user studies, interaction design and usability evaluation.

Contents | Schedule | Fees
Time: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm | Venue: IDC Auditorium | Directions to IDC

Photo: Early morning on Coppa Cabana, Rio de Janeiro, September 2007.

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, principles and concerns underlying 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 quality and usability of the products they develop, 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 (CI). 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 and Product definition
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. We end Day IV with our first round of group presentations.
Day V and VI - Break
Catch up on office work, homework, shopping, a trek on the hill, or just relax...
Day VII, VIII, IX- Design
Now the fun begins - we get into design. We start with understanding the different layers of user experience of an interactive product, followed by relevant concepts in cognitive psychology, the design process, goals and heuristics, applying what we learn in projects. By end of Day IX, we should have designed our first cut prototypes and detailed them to the extent possible.
Evaluation   Day X and XI - Evaluation and Integration with SE
On day X and XI we try our hand at some usability evaluation techniques. We then look at ways of integrating the HCI design process in software engineering processes. 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, accessibility, plus a few case studies.

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


Day I
Tue, Feb 5
Day II
Wed, Feb 6
Thu, Feb 7
Day IV
Fri, Feb 8
Day V
Day VI
Introductions Work models Affinity, model consolidation Affinity, model consolidation, personas Free Free
Contextual interview Interpretation session Personas
CI Practice Other user studies techniques Interpretation session 2
Analysis and tips Interpretation session 1 Interview 3 / 4 / 5 Preparing a design brief
Planning, defining project focus Sharing, redefining focus Interpretation session 3, 4, 5 Presentation I
Interview 1
Interview 2 TBD
Mon, Feb 11
Tue, Feb 12
Day IX
Wed, Feb 13
Day X
Thu, Feb 14
Day XI
Fri, Feb 15
Layers of user experience User models HCI heuristics Usability evaluation Integrating HCI and SE processes
Conceptual models Goals of HCI
Usability evaluation
Human memory, human errors Scenarios Information design Usability evaluation
Design process Defining product goals Wire-frames Usability evaluation Presentation II
Review of design brief Scenarios and conceptual model Prototypes Lessons learnt

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



Working professionals

Faculty members

Register before

Early (closed) Rs. 22,000 Rs. 12,000 Jan 4, 2008
Late (closed) Rs. 28,000 Rs. 12,000 Jan 25, 2008
Walk-in (closed) Rs. 36,000 - Feb 1, 2008

To register, please send a demand draft for the fees in favor of "Registrar IIT Bombay, CEP account" to: Anirudha Joshi, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai 400 076. Fees include participant material, lunch and refreshments during the course. Accommodation is not included, but is available to limited number of people in the IIT Bombay guesthouse (costs approximately Rs. 300 per day, shared, inclusive of meals). Please note that TDS need not be deducted towards payments made to IIT Bombay. If you require guest house accommodation, do mention this along with the registration, (but do not send the accommodation cost - you can pay these when you check out).

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

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