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SIMS 213 - User Interface Design and Development


Spring 2003
TTh 9:00 - 10:30 am, 202 South Hall
CCN: 42714, 3 units


Marti Hearst
E-mail: hearst@sims.berkeley.edu
Office: 212 South Hall
Office hours: Tuesday 10:30-11:30

Teaching Assistants:

Maggie Law
E-mail: mlaw@sims.berkeley.edu
Office Hours: by appointment

Kaichi Sung
E-mail: ksung@sims.berkeley.edu
Office Hours: by appointment

Reading Materials

The required books are Usability Engineering by Jakob Nielsen and GUI Bloopers by Jeff Johnson. Please order these books online (or find in a bookstore, if available). If you like, you can order them from the SIMIANS book order site, in which case the student organization gets 5-15% of the price of your purchase.

There is also a required course reader available at CopyCentral on Bancroft.


Grades will be determined by a student's performance on a midterm (30%), individual written assignments (20%), and a group project (50%). The project grades will be based on a combination of presentations, write-ups, and the project itself. This year the project milestone assignments will not be graded -- they must be turned in on time however, or the final project grade will be reduced. The class will not be graded on a curve.

Individual homework should be done independently. It is fine to discuss the general techniques and methods required, but you must do your own work in solving the problems and writing up the solutions. After you turn in your individual homework, you may use this information in the group, combined with others homework, to aid in the project redesigns.

Late Policy

There will be no allowance for late group presentations or assignments. We have a schedule to keep and the rest of the class is depending on you to get your work done on time.

We will accept late individual homework assignments, but the grades will be reduced. The homework is due at the start of class.