Human Computer Interfaces
Prof: Irene Ye Yuan / Fall 2023
Sep 18, 2023
Course is organized, and the prof makes announcements for reminders. Does not have a midterm or exam!! Lots of group stuff though.
Course content is about Human Centered Interface, which is what makes the difference between a website/app/device that people would prefer to use and are comfortable using vs a website/app/device that makes you frustrated, even if both are completely functional. I personally think it's essential for all types of engineering that have to do with an end user. It teaches you to make designs that "just make sense" and that the interface being functional isn't enough.
Professor Yuan is very nice. She records lectures and has good slides. She's also responsive and explains things well in my opinion.
I thought it would be boring and useless but I'm liking it more than some of my other courses. Tutorial sections fill up pretty fast though so if you have a group you want to work with I'd suggest agreeing on a tutorial section from the beginning and enrolling in that section as fast as you can. For our year, the textbook sort of repeats the same things in lectures but is also enjoyable to read and it's available to borrow online (as epub or pdf) through the McMaster Library Catalogue.
Prof: Dan Papagiannis / Fall 2021
Dec 20, 2021
The whole course really felt like a waste of time and money. No hands-on experience with UI/UX techs like it was with Prof. Brown last year. Instead, it was really disorganized, incohesive, with a futile group project and not the best feedback system. *I would highly recommend taking transfer credit elsewhere if you want to learn and the course has not been modified to be more practical
History of HCI, some pieces of info from different disciplines (psychology, history, design) but not cohesive. An overwhelming amount of info is given without any clear goal for the content. Slides are copy/paste definitions and videos here and there.
Friendly and approachable but slides are disorganized and lectures are overloaded with content without any clear destination or learning objectives.
Take the course elsewhere through a transfer credit. You get a T on your transcript if you pass but at least you get to learn something practical about HCI
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