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Human-Computer Interaction


Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer


Frank Müller






Di 14-16 h (V), M 629
Do 10-12 h (V), A 704
Di 16-18 h (Ü), D247
Fr 8.30-10 h (Ü), D247


The students will get a comprehensive overview of aims and research topics in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. They will achieve a basical understanding of developing interactive products while taking user and task requirements in account. Aim of this development process is the design of usable products, that enhance the joy of use. Therefore, basic design principals, methods and tools are presented and intensified in practical exercises. Because of the course's character as basic course only an overview can be given of the comprehensive and strong interdisciplinary field of Human-Computer Interaction (connected to computer science, design, psychology, ergonomics, education science etc.). Interested students get the possibility to intensify their studies by visiting continuative courses like Usability Engineering 1 and 2 or Visual Seeking Systems.






Requirement: At least 50% of in exercises reachable points (exact modalities in the first weeks of summer term)
Exam: Written exam with a duration of 120min.
Successful participation on the exercises is precondition for admittance to the exam.

The exam defines the final score.

The following books are recommended as background literature, where Interaction Design will be the primary book for this course, supplemented by an extensive web site:


  • Preece J., Rogers Y., Sharp H.:
    Interaction Design, John Wiley & Sons, 2002
  • Donald A. Norman:
    The Design of Everyday Things, Currency Doubleday, 1990
  • Shneiderman B.:
    Designing the User Interface, Addison Wesley, 3nd Edition, 1998