& office hours
Joanna McGrenere (ICICS/CS x665)
Insructor office hour: Time and Zoom link provided on Canvas, or by
appointment. I will also often be available right after class for a half hour.
TAs will be available
Please make this your
first mode of contact whenever possible.
When this is not sufficient, please book
appointments via email on an as-needed basis. Your
usually the best initial resource for project
questions, being most familiar with your project
Mint Tanprasert (L2A)
Kevin Chow (L2B)
IMPORTANT Note: Getting into
CPSC 310 has become impossible for non-CS students, and we are in the process of changing this requirement. With that in mind:
CPSC 344 (or equivelent) and one stats course are hard requirements.
STAT 241 are the listed accepted pre-req stats courses. STAT 241 is no longer being offered and has been replaced by
There are a whole series of stats courses that we accept in lieu of STAT 200/241/251. These include: STAT 200, 203, BIOL 300, COMM 291, ECON 325, 327, EPSE 482, 483, FRST 231, GEOG 374, KIN 371, POLI 380, PSYC 218, 278, 366, SOCI 328 (These come directly from the credit exclusion list for STAT 200 found here: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414)
CPSC 310 will be waived as a pre-req this year, although it is still officially as a pre-req.
Bottom line: If you are interested in taking 444, but do not think that you meet the CPSC 310 and stats prerequisites please go ahead and register for 444 and we will sort this out.
lectures, tutorials & labs
Lectures: Tuesday 3:30-5:20PM, ZOOM link available in Canvas
Workshops: ZOOM link available in Canvas
section L2A Fri 2:00pm - 4:00pm
section L2B Fri 10:00am - 12:00pm
There is no required text.
Readings and pre-lecture quizzes will be required for
most lectures. The readings will generally
be available online.
Some of the readings are
available on-line in the
ACM Digital Library. You must be on a UBC ip address in order to access without hitting a paywall. To access from off
campus, use VPN, or alternately use the
the Library EZ proxy.
(Course slides will be
available on Canvas, linked to the
You may find the required text for CPSC 344 (Interaction Design: Beyond Human Computer Interaction) to be a useful reference. UBC Library has a number of copies available (details) and there is also a slightly older edition available online (e-text).
|prep-assignments and submission of other deliverables
On Canvas: https://canvas.ubc.ca/
Expenses may include (unlikely to be used in 2020/21):
project prototyping materials ($0-25/individual)
lock for team locker (to be retained by team at
end of term)
flip chart pad(s) - e.g. available from
Staples for about $12 / 50 sheet pad. Your team
may choose to use a couple of these during term
If you need
information or to discuss something, here's
what to do:
For basic info:
the course website (here) and Canvas course overview page
content or logistics:
- Face-to-face: Instructor
(office hours), TAs during workshop sections.
- Post to piazza: piazza.com/ubc.ca/winterterm22020/cpsc444
- If the question is
not of possible relevance to the rest of the
class, then post a private message to ALL course staff in Piazza.
- Instructor confidential email:
For personal items only, talk to or email the
instructor (joanna@cs .ubc .ca)
- For any email communication,
put 444 in the subject line to
ensure email gets through filters.
For project-related questions, please first use your weekly workshop time with your TA.
If you need more time with your TA, you may be able
to book an extra appointment by talking to your TA
during your workshop.
Your instructor is
also happy to talk to you about your project,
but your TA should be the first stop.
If you have missed a class,
make arrangements with a classmate to get the
CPSC 444 is the second component in the two-course
sequence of 344 and 444.
This course builds on the design process presented in
CPSC 344 and focuses on
the underlying models of the user used in human-computer interaction
(including visual, motor, and information processing),
the theory of and advanced methods for design and
evaluation (including laboratory experiments and field
studies), and research frontiers. The main deliverable is a
team project in which students will apply the material
taught both in this course as well as in CPSC 344.
444 is structured similarly to 344.
That is, it uses a combination of lectures, weekly pre-readings for prep assignments,
2 hours of workshop time (predominantly for team project work, design reviews with course staff, and the occasional hands on tutorial).
Upon completion of this course, students will:
of models of the user and how they
apply to the design of user interfaces
with the variety of techniques and methods
for interface design, evaluation, and
experience designing and running a field
study and performing qualitative data analysis
experience designing and running a
controlled experiment and performing
have experience working with video in an HCI
context: (1) to capture user data, and (2)
to create a project video
experience with some sophisticated tools for
interface prototyping and analysis and user
with research issues in HCI
background to apply these principles and
practices in industry, and to continue to
further education and research in this area
experience reading research papers and
identifying the contribution of those papers
have honed their team skills through the
completion of an iterative design term
In addition to all
university rules, regulations, and academic guidelines,
the following policies will hold in CS444:
Attendance and prompt arrival is
expected at all lectures and workshops. Quiz,
assignment and team project marks will suffer from
absences. A doctor's note is required to substantiate
A student must pass the final exam
in order to pass the course.
To request that a deliverable be fully
or partially re-graded: the request must be
submitted formally in writing (not verbally) within 2
weeks of receiving the grade. We reserve the
right to re-grade the entire deliverable.
Use of laptop computers during
lectures is prohibited, except for note taking.
Contact the instructor or your TA
promptly (i.e., as soon as you are aware of the
problem) if a medical or family reason prevents
you or your team from handing a project component in
In other extraordinary
circumstances, we may allow late turn-in if you
contact course staff (post a private message on Piazza) with a clear explanation of the
problem well in advance of the dealine (i.e., at
least 48 hours). (Note: poor planning or
procrastination do not constitute extraodinary
& marking scheme
||Weekly prep Assigments (10%)
||Team project (50%)
||Final exam (30%)
||Discretionary (5%) - attendance and participation in workshop/lecture
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
In an ideal world, academic teaching and scholarship would be representative of the voices from the diverse individuals who engage in academic pursuits. However, historically, academic teaching and scholarship is built on a small subset of privileged voices. In this class, we will make an effort to acknowledge, where possible, a diverse group of HCI practitioners, researchers, and computer scientists, but limits still exist on this diversity. We acknowledge that it is possible that there may be both overt and covert biases in the material we present.
Please contact us (in person or electronically) or submit anonymous feedback if you have any suggestions to improve the quality of the course materials.
Furthermore, we would like to create a learning environment for our students that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and honours your identities (including race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, etc.) To help accomplish this:
If you have a name and/or set of pronouns that differ from those that appear in your official UBC records, please let us know. If your name or pronouns are being used incorrectly within the course, please let us know so we can look into it.
If something was said in class, workshops, or the discussion forum (by anyone) that made you feel uncomfortable, please talk to us about it. We want to be a resource for you. Remember that you can also submit anonymous feedback (which may lead to us making a general announcement to the class, if necessary to address your concerns).
If you prefer to speak with someone outside of the course, the Equity and Inclusion Office at UBC is an excellent resource.
As a participant in the various components of the course, we expect you to also strive to honour the diversity of your classmates.
UBC Senate syllabus policy content
UBC provides resources to support student learning and to maintain healthy lifestyles but recognizes that sometimes crises arise and so there are additional resources to access including those for survivors of sexual violence. UBC values respect for the person and ideas of all members of the academic community. Harassment and discrimination are not tolerated nor is suppression of academic freedom. UBC provides appropriate accommodation for students with disabilities and for religious and cultural observances. UBC values academic honesty and students are expected to acknowledge the ideas generated by others and to uphold the highest academic standards in all of their actions. Details of the policies and how to access support are available here: https://senate.ubc.ca/policies-resources-support-student-success