HCI 909: Advanced Programming of Interactive Systems

HCI 909: Advanced Programming of Interactive Systems

James Eagan
Teaching Assistant
Jiali Liu
  • Fall 2019 (P1)
    • See the class calendar for up-to-date information. Classes generally meet:
    • Tuesday mornings, 9h30: lectures in PUIO D203 followed by labs in E203.
    • Wednesday afternoons, 13h30: project in PUIO E204.

Course goals

  • You already know how to create a UI
  • At the end of this course, you should:
    • Understand how to structure interactive software applications.
    • Be able to create your own custom widgets
    • Be able to create custom layouts, optimize drawing, master event dispatch
    • Understand alternative programming models for user interfaces

This course is taught in English.

Class organization

Classes will generally consist of (about) 1h30 of lecture, followed by about 1h30 of lab. A project session meets on Wednesdays.

Class slides will be available from the class moodle.


Class Topic Homework/Readings
10/09—09h30 Intro, Separation of concerns Lab 1 out
17/09—09h30 MVC & Layout Lab 2 out, Lab 1 due
24/09—09h30 Output  
01/10—09h30 Input Lab 2 due
08/10—09h30 Programming paradigms Lab 3 out
15/10—09h30 Client-server  
22/10—09h30 Web  
25/10—23h59   Lab 3 due
12/11—09h30 Final Exams  


Please use the class Moodle discussion forum. The system is catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates or from the instructors. I encourage you to post questions and discussions there.


Grades are determined by three primary criteria:

  • 30% Final exam
  • 40% Project
  • 30% Labs

Grades may be modulated by up to 5% at the instructor’s discretion (e.g., for class participation).

Late policy

Unless otherwise indicated, assignments are generally due by « midnight », where « midnight » has a peculiar meaning: before I check the assignments the next school day. In other words, don’t worry if something comes up and you need an extra couple of hours to finish your assignment as long as you get it in before I check. If an assignment is due on Friday at midnight, I won’t check until Monday morning. Late assignments (turned in after I check) will be penalized 10% per day late. No late assignments will be accepted after three days.

Plagiarism policy

All work submitted is expected to be your original work. Feel free to discuss your work with your fellow students, use available resources (e.g., books, articles, web pages, source code), but these resources should serve as inspiration or supporting materials only. Do not forget to cite any such resources appropriately. Failure to appropriately cite your sources may result in a grade of 0 and/or academic sanctions.