Thesis Defense: Martina Rau
28 May, 2013 1:00pm
Undergraduate Minor Program
For undergraduate student who are interested in HCI but do not want to complete the HCI major, the HCI Institute offers an minor, starting in spring, 2013.
You can sign up for the minor simply by filling out this form. If you have questions, contact hciibachelors [at] cs [dot] cmu [dot] edu.
The Minor in Human-Computer Interaction will give students core knowledge about techniques for building successful user interfaces, approaches for conceiving, refining, and evaluating interfaces that are useful and useable, and techniques for identifying opportunities for computational technology to improve the quality of people’s lives. The students will be able to effectively collaborate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of easy-to-use, desirable, and thoughtful interactive systems. They will be prepared to contribute to multi-disciplinary teams that create new interactive products, services, environments, and systems.
The key concepts, skills and methods that students will learn in the HCI Minor include:
The HCI minor is targeted at undergraduates who expect to get jobs where they design and/or implement information technology-based systems for end users, and well as students with an interest in learning more about the design of socio-technical systems. It is appropriate for students with majors in Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as students in less software-focused majors, including Design, Architecture, Art, Business Administration, Psychology, Statistics, Decision Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, English and many others in the university.
The only prerequisite for this Minor is an introductory-level college programming course (such as 15-110, 15-112, 15-121, 15-123, or 51-257) and to be in good standing with the university.
In addition to the programming prerequisite, the Minor has required two courses—05-391 Designing Human-Centered Systems (DHCS) and 05-4xx Interaction Design Overview (IDO)—and four electives from an approved list. The student will be required to get a grade of “C” or better in each course in order for it to count as part of the Minor. There is no final project or research required for the Minor.
The HCI minor requires four electives from the pre-approved list of electives.
Students may double count up to two (2) of the required courses or electives with their primary major.
The relationship between the BHCI Major and Minor
1Alternatively, a student can take both the BS/MHCI empirical methods course (05-410/05-610 User-Centered Research and Evaluation) and the BS/MHCI core programming course (either 05-430 Programming Usable Interfaces or 05-431 Software Structures for User Interfaces, along with its associated 05-433 User Interface Lab). If students take this course sequence, they would get credit for fulfilling this requirement plus one elective.
2Alternatively, students can fulfill the design requirement by taking 05-650 Interaction Design Studio and 05-651 Interaction Design Fundamentals. If students take this course sequence, they would get credit for fulfilling this requirement plus one elective.
These alternative ways of fulfilling the requirements for the HCI minor are designed for students who are in the HCI 2nd major who want the “downgrade” to the minor. These students can use some the courses completed for the HCI 2nd major as a way of fulfilling the requirements for the minor.
Students who are in the HCI minor right from the start are strongly encouraged to follow the regular requirements outlined above and are strongly discouraged from trying these alternative ways of fulfilling the requirements. It can be extremely difficult to get into any of the alternative courses. This is true especially for 05-650 Interaction Design Studio, but for other courses as well. The fact that a student in the minor has already taken 05-651 Interaction Design Fundamentals will not give priority for getting into Studio.
Applying to the HCI Minor
You sign up for the minor simply by filling out this form. There is no formal admission to the HCI minor, but the number of students who will be able to receive the minor is limited by enrollment caps in the two required courses. Students who have signed up for the minor will have preference for admission to the required and some elective classes, but because of enrollment limits, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee admission to the classes, and consequently, we cannot guarantee that students who sign up for the minor will be able to complete it. Any student who has filled out the interest form and who gets at least a “C” in the programming prerequisite, the two required courses and four approved electives will receive the minor.