CS 349 User Interfaces (Winter 2020)
This course teaches the principles of creating user interfaces (UIs) including underlying UI architecture and algorithms, how to implement UIs from scratch and using UI frameworks, theories and methods for UI design, and an introduction to the field of human-computer interaction.
COVID-19 Update *Please Read*
March 20, 2020
Cross-posted to Piazza
We've devised a plan on how we're handling the remainder of the term for CS 349. I've recorded a short video walking through our decisions (here's a high resolution version).
Here's a summary of the changes to the course:
- We'll record and lectures for the remainder of the term. We will post a link to the first lecture on the schedule page by the end of this weekend.
- We are cancelling the final exam. We don't believe that we can fairly assess you with an exam in these circumstances, so we're cancelling it altogether. We believe this is the most fair solution for students. Note that this means that you are not being assessed on the lecture material, including the video lectures that we're posting.
- We are basing your final grade on your assignments, and we're shifting weights of assignment to accommodate the removal of the final exam. The revised weights are posted on the assignments page and reproduced below. Overall, the relative grading of assignments remains roughly the same (e.g. A1 was 10/70 assignment marks, which is 14.2% of your final grade; A2 was 15/70 or 21.4% and so on).
- A1: 15%
- A2: 20%
- A3: 20%
- A4: 20%
- A5: 25%
- A5 has been published (along with some starter code!). The deadline for A5 is being moved to April 17 i.e. three full weeks after the A4 deadline. This is a "regular-size" assignment, and in a normal term you would have two weeks to complete it, so this should be more than enough time, given lack of classes etc.
The website has been updated to reflect all of these changes. If you have any questions, please feel free to post here or email us.
Please continue to monitor the UW Coronavirus Information page for any further developments.
Jeff, Gustavo & Your Course Staff
Gustavo Fortes Tondello
Reza Adhitya Saputra
- Instructor: Responsible for the course as a whole: lectures, setting assignments and exams and resolving issues related to the course.
- ISC (Instructional Support Coordinator): Responsible for long-term support for the course, maintaining the marks spreadsheet, coordinating accommodations (e.g. illness, alternate exams), screening for cheating and dealing with the results.
- IA (Instructional Apprentice): Responsible for helping the instructor develop assignments and marking schemes, coordinating assignment grading, resolving mark appeals, etc.
- TA (Teaching Assistants): Responsible for marking assignments and exams, and helping students during office hours.
We’ll be using this CS349 Piazza site for all announcements, as well as questions and answers about the course material and assignments. Please create an account at the start of the term, using your real name and your Waterloo username; this will make it easier for course staff to identify you if required.
Starting Mar 23, lectures will only be offered online. Links will be posted on the schedule page.
- CS 349-001: MWF 12:30-01:20, PHY 313 (Jeff Avery)
- CS 349-002: MWF 01:30-02:20, PHY 313 (Jeff Avery)
- CS 349-003: MWF 12:30-01:20, MC 1056 (Gustavo Fortes Tondello)
Office hours are cancelled for the remainder of the term.
Jeff and Gustavo will continue to monitor Piazza, and you can also email us. We are exploring other options (e.g. virtual office hours).
There are no required textbooks for this course; students are expected to read the provided lecture notes and attend class to learn this material. There are three relevant but entirely optional books that have been placed on reserve:
- Dan R. Olsen Jr (2010) Building Interactive Systems. A copy is available on 3-hour loan at the DC library under call number UWD1512.
- Don Norman (2013) The Design of Everyday Things. A copy is available on 3-hour loan at the DC library under call number TS171.4 .N67 2013.
- Jeff Johnson (2013) Designing with the Mind in Mind. A copy is available on a 3-hour loan at the DC library under call number UWD1568.
Note: this grading scheme has been revised according to our COVID-19 plan. See above for details.
There are five graded assignments worth a total of 100%. Assignments details, including specifications, due dates and assignment policies are on the assignments page.
- A1: 15%
- A2: 20%
- A3: 20%
- A4: 20%
- A5: 25%
There are no exams in this offering of the course.
Your marks can be securely viewed through https://www.student.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~cs349/cgi-bin/displayMarks.cgi. Please contact the course ISC if you notice an error in your recorded grade.
General Course Policies
Students should be aware that this course contains the intellectual property of their instructor, TA, and/or the University of Waterloo. Intellectual property includes items such as:
Lecture content, spoken and written (and any audio/video recording thereof);
Lecture handouts, presentations, and other materials prepared for the course (e.g., PowerPoint slides);
Questions or solution sets from various types of assessments (e.g., assignments, quizzes, tests, final exams); and
Work protected by copyright (e.g., any work authored by the instructor or TA or used by the instructor or TA with permission of the copyright owner).
Course materials and the intellectual property contained therein, are used to enhance a student’s educational experience. However, sharing this intellectual property without the intellectual property owner’s permission is a violation of intellectual property rights. For this reason, it is necessary to ask the instructor, TA and/or the University of Waterloo for permission before uploading and sharing the intellectual property of others online (e.g., to an online repository). Permission from an instructor, TA or the University is also necessary before sharing the intellectual property of others from completed courses with students taking the same/similar courses in subsequent terms/years. In many cases, instructors might be happy to allow distribution of certain materials. However, doing so without expressed permission is considered a violation of intellectual property rights.
In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Check http://www.uwaterloo.ca/academicintegrity/ for more information.
A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4, [www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy70.htm]. When in doubt please be certain to contact the department’s administrative assistant who will provide further assistance.
A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity (check http://www.uwaterloo.ca/academicintegrity/ to avoid committing an academic offence, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offence, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offences (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about ‘rules’ for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course instructor, academic advisor, or the undergraduate Associate Dean. For information on categories of offences and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71, Student Discipline, [http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy71.htm]. For typical penalties check Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties, [http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/guidelines/penaltyguidelines.htm].
MOSS (Measure of Software Similarities) is used in this course as a means of comparing students' assignments to ensure academic integrity. We will report suspicious activity, and penalties for plagiarism/cheating are severe. Please read the available information about academic integrity very carefully.
A decision made or penalty imposed under Policy 70 (Student Petitions and Grievances) (other than a petition) or Policy 71 (Student Discipline) may be appealed if there is a ground. A student who believes he/she has a ground for an appeal should refer to Policy 72 (Student Appeals) [www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy72.htm]
Students with Disabilities
AccessAbility Services collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with temporary or permanent disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations, please register with the AccessAbility Services at the beginning of each academic term.
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health: If you or anyone you know experiences any academic stress, difficult life events, or feelings like anxiety or depression, we strongly encourage you to seek support.
- Campus Wellness https://uwaterloo.ca/campus-wellness/
- Counselling Services: email@example.com / 519-888-4567 ext 32655 / Needles Hall North 2nd floor, (NH 2401)
- MATES: one-to-one peer support program offered by Federation of Students (FEDS) and Counselling Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Health Services service: located across the creek from Student Life Centre, 519-888-4096.
- Good2Talk (24/7): Free confidential help line for post-secondary students. Phone: 1-866-925-5454
- Here 24/7: Mental Health and Crisis Service Team. Phone: 1-844-437-3247
- OK2BME: set of support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning teens in Waterloo. Phone: 519-884-0000 extension 213
Diversity: It is our intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well served by this course, and that students’ learning needs be addressed both in and out of class. We recognize the immense value of the diversity in identities, perspectives, and contributions that students bring, and the benefit it has on our educational environment. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let us know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally or for other students or student groups. In particular:
- We will gladly honour your request to address you by an alternate/preferred name or gender pronoun. Please advise us of this preference early in the semester so we may make appropriate changes to our records.
- We will honour your religious holidays and celebrations. Please inform of us these at the start of the course.
- We will follow AccessAbility Services guidelines and protocols on how to best support students with different learning needs.