Monsoon Course on HCI

IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay announces a course on human-computer interaction design. This edition of the course will be a synchronous course delivered online on 12 weekends between December 2, 2023 and March 24, 2023. The sessions will run on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings (7 hours per weekend). The final presentation of the course will be organised on the last weekend in-person in the IIT Bombay campus.

Course Dates

December 2, 2023 to March 24, 2024

Course Timings

Saturdays from 14:00 to 17:45 IST + Sundays from 09:30 to 13:15 IST

Last date of registration

November 28, 2023



Who should attend?

The course is meant for working professionals and serves as an exposure to user studies, interaction design, design evaluation and related topics. This course is for you if you are:

HCI stands for human-computer interaction. The Monsoon Course on HCI has two goals. Firstly, it gives participants an exposure to issues, theories, principles and concerns relating to human interaction with interactive products. Secondly, it provides participants hands-on practice with the process and the techniques related to user studies, interaction design and design evaluation. After attending the course, participants should be able to conceptualise, design and evaluate interactive products. Those who are already involved in these activities should be able to improve the quality of their work, and should understand the theory behind what they do. Those responsible for the process should be able to make the process in their organizations more user-centered.

The course involves lectures, individual assignments and group project work. On the whole, the course involves about 80 hours of contact over 12 weekends. In addition, it involves self study, assignments, project work and mentor interactions. For more details about the course, please see the FAQs.

Contents and Schedule

The course will run from December 2, 2023 to March 24, 2023. Here are the currently planned contents. There will be a break on some weekends. Specific dates and more content will be announced in the detailed schedule on the first day of the course.


Saturdays (14:00 to 17:45 IST)

Sundays (09:30 to 13:15 IST)


Introduction and startup
Introduction to contextual inquiry

Sutras of contextual inquiry

Practice a contextual interview
Form project groups


Analysis and tips
Planning a contextual inquiry

Work models
Interpreting interviews

Interpret the first interivew
More contextual interviews and interpretations


Consolidation using affinity
Other user studies methods

Case studies, learning from the field

Interviews, interpretations and affinity
Prepare for presentation 1


Presentation 1

Presentation 1


Layers of user experience
Conceptual model

User models
User experience goals

Create personas
Set goals


Patterns, guidelines and standards

Heuristics and principles of HCI

Brainstorming and creative ideation
Create scenarios


Interaction techniques

Introduction to AR and VR

Product detailing
Finalise design and prepare for presentation 2


Presentation 2

Presentation 2


Design evaluation

Design evaluation

Create evaluation plan
Finalise prototypes


Integrating HCI with software engineering

Institutionalising HCI - the challenges in India

Conduct evaluations




Finish evaluations
Finalise revised design
Prepare for presentation 3

March 23 and 24, 2024

Presentation 3 (in person in the IIT Bombay campus)

Presentation 3 (in person in the IIT Bombay campus)



Industry participants

Faculty members*

Full time students#

International participants


₹ 1,52,000

₹ 76,000

₹ 76,000

₹ 4,56,000

* Only faculty members who are involved with teaching design, HCI or related topics in an educational institute full-time can avail these reduced fees. Visiting or part-time faculty members, those teaching in the industry, freelancers, and those working in the industry need to pay the industry fees.

# Though this course is mainly for working professionals, a limited number of students will be allowed to register. Only students who are enrolled in an educational institute for full-time studies can avail these reduced fees. Freelancers, part-time students and those working in the industry need to pay the industry fees.

The fees include the course materials, which will be distributed digitally. The fees are inclusive of 18% GST. Please note that TDS need not be deducted towards payments made to IIT Bombay. A certificate to this effect is available on request.


Before you register, please have handy a scanned copy of your photo-id (e.g. Adhaar card). To register, please follow the following steps:

The above process is demonstrated in this Youtube video (that version is a bit older, but still gives an overview). In case you face any problems, please write to anirudha{at the rate}

Cancellation Policy
For cancellations, please write to anirudha{at the rate} If you cancel till November 1, 2023, IIT Bombay will refund 80% of the fees paid (minus GST). If you cancel by November 15, 2023, IIT Bombay will refund 60% of the fees paid (minus GST). There will be no refunds thereafter. However, participant exchange will be allowed till November 28, 2023.

Please refer to the Certification section of the FAQs for more details.

Shared accomodation is available in an IIT Bombay guest house for a limited number of participants on a first-come-first-served basis. Accommodation costs are not included in the course fees. Please refer to the Guest House section of the FAQs for more details on guest house accommodation in IIT Bombay.