COSC411-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Advanced Topics in HCI

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


An introduction to research in human-computer interaction.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is concerned with the design, evaluation, and implementa- tion of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them. It is an extremely active and broad-ranging research area, with contributions varying from inventive systems that demonstrate new ways of interacting with computers through to the use of formal methods for specifying interface behaviour.

This course investigates current research topics in HCI, with a focus on the methods that are used to evaluate user interfaces. Recent research papers in the area will be reviewed. Students will carry out a small research project in an HCI topic. Their project will be presented in the form of a paper suitable for submission to a research conference.

Learning Outcomes

  • This course is intended for honours and graduate students, researchers, and practitioners interested in Human-Computer Interaction.
  • Major areas will be introduced by the lecturer.
  • For each area, students will be assigned readings, and the readings will be discussed in class.
    Students must submit short written reviews of all assigned readings.
  • Each student will choose a research topic that involves the following:
    – Background research on the area.
    – The design, implementation, and evaluation of a user interface. – A comprehensive written report.


1) COSC368, 2) Subject to approval of the Head of Department. BE(Hons) students must have completed COSC363.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 242
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Andrew Cockburn


10% Course readings and participation
50% individual research project
40% Final Exam

Textbooks / Resources

Materials for the course will be made available on Learn

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,033.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All COSC411 Occurrences

  • COSC411-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021