Design & Implementation of Human-Computer Interfaces

By Prof. Samit Bhattacharya   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2785
Human-computer interfaces have become very much part of our lives, due to the proliferation of large number of consumer electronic products. The key issue is to make the products usable to lay-persons. As a result, the main concern is usability and how to ensure it for the product. As it happens, development of a usable system follows a process consisting of stages. In this course, we shall learn the stages a system should follow to be usable. In the first few lectures (first week), we will get introduced to the human-computer interfaces, concept of usability and its engineering (including the stages). In the subsequent lectures, the stages will be covered. Weeks 2 and 3 are devoted to the topics on identification of usability requirements. In week 4, we shall learn about the fundamental concepts involved in usable design. Evaluation of the design to ensure usability is covered in week 5. Weeks 6 and 7 contains lectures on converting the design to an information system. Implementation of the system is discussed in weeks 8-10. Week 11 will cover the concepts related to the evaluation for system usability. In the final week (12), we will cover few related topics and conclude the course.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG/PG students/working professionals

PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of data structures, algorithms, and programming desirable.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Industry/companies that deal with consumer electronics and user-interface design and development.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Identification of usability requirements I
Week 3: Identification of usability requirements II
Week 4: Usable interface design
Week 5: Rapid usability evaluation
Week 6: Converting design to system I
Week 7: Converting design to system II
Week 8: System implementation I
Week 9: System implementation II
Week 10:System implementation III
Week 11: Empirical usability evaluation
Week 12: Conclusion

Books and references

  1. Samit Bhattacharya. (2019). Human-Computer Interaction: User-Centric Computing for Design, McGraw Hill Education (1st ed).
  2. Bruce R Maxim & Roger S Pressman (2019). Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach. (8th ed). McGraw Hill Education.

Instructor bio

Prof. Samit Bhattacharya

IIT Guwahati
Dr Samit Bhattacharya is an associate professor in the Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Guwahati, with more than 12 years of teaching and research experience. He has taught numerous courses including those related to the proposed course, to both the PG and UG level students of Computer Science and Engineering. He also has nearly five dozen publications as books, book chapters, patents, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings under his credit. He has already graduated four PhD students (with another four at various stages of their research) and guided more than a dozen MTech projects and nearly three dozen BTech projects including those related to this area.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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