Spring 2022 - CMPT 363 D100

User Interface Design (3)

Class Number: 6064

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SRYE 3016, Surrey

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYE 3016, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 225 with a minimum grade of C-.



This course provides a comprehensive study of user interface design. Topics include: goals and principles of UI design (systems engineering and human factors), historical perspective, current paradigms (widget-based, mental model, graphic design, ergonomics, metaphor, constructivist/iterative approach, and visual languages) and their evaluation, existing tools and packages (dialogue models, event-based systems, prototyping), future paradigms, and the social impact of UI.


This course introduces students to the art and science of designing usable, useful and enjoyable human-computer interfaces, with an emphasis on user-centered design techniques. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with different user-centered design approaches, understanding user needs, prototyping methods, and interface evaluation techniques. Students will gain valuable knowledge and experience by working on a hands-on design project.


  • Design Research
  • User-Centered Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Prototyping Methods
  • Usability Evaluation



Grading to be announced during the first week of classes.



Interaction Design: Beyond human computer interaction, Sharp, H., Rogers, Y., and Preece, J. , Indianapolis, IN : Wiley, 2019, A digital version is available online via the SFU Library
ISBN: 9781119547358


The design of everyday things, Don Norman, New York, New York : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465050659

Emotional design : why we love (or hate) everyday things, Don Norman, New York : Basic Books, 2007, A digital version is available online via the SFU Library
ISBN: 9786613628398

Universal methods of design : 100 ways to research complex problems, develop innovative ideas, and design effective solution, Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington, Beverly, MA : Rockport Publishers, 2012, A digital version is available online via the SFU Library
ISBN: 9781592537563

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