University of Regina
Department of Computer Science

CS 890ET: User Interface Evaluation Methods

Winter 2021

Instructor: Dr. Orland Hoeber Web:
Lectures: W 10:30 AM - 1:15 PM Email:
Room: Zoom Link in UR Courses Office: Zoom Link in UR Courses
Office Hours: W 2:00 - 3:30 PM
(other times by appointment only)

Course Objectives

Methods for evaluating user interfaces with human subjects. Topics include research ethics, research methods, experimental design, data collection, and data analysis.

This course is classified as a zero-cost teaching material course (ZCM). All of the readings and resources are available electronically through the University Library.

Primary Reference

Dianne Kelly, Methods for evaluating interactive information retrieval systems with users, Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval 3 (1–2) (2009) 1–224.

Supplemental Readings

Sheelagh Carpendale. Evaluating information visualizations. In A. Kerren, J. T. Stasko, J.-D. Fekete, and C. North, editors, Information Visualization: Human-Centered Issues and Perspectives, LNCS 4950, pages 19–45. Springer, 2008.

Orland Hoeber, User evaluation methods for visual web search interfaces, In Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualization, pp. 139-145, 2009.

I. Scott MacKenzie, Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective. Morgan Kaufmann, Waltham, MA, 2013. (Chapters 4-6)


The final grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Participation and Contribution 5%
Assignments 25/15/10/10/10 70%
Final Exam: Apr 21 25%
Total: 100%

In order to pass the course, you must pass the final exam (failure to pass the final exam may result in your final exam grade being assigned as your final course grade). Your final mark may be adjusted by +/- 5%, at the instructor's discretion.


Lectures will be held once per week: W 10:30 AM - 1:15 PM via Zoom.

All lecture notes and assignments will be posted on UR Courses. The lecture notes should not be used as an alternative to attending the lectures. It is expected that students will attend the lectures, listen to the explanations and discussions, and take notes about the important information


The course syllabus contains the course schedule, topics, assignment due dates, and other details about the course.

Assignment/Project Submissions

All assignments and project milestones are due at 11:55 PM on the specified dates, and must be submitted electronically via UR Courses. Late submissions will not be accepted, but the grades for missing assignments may be moved to the final exam under exceptional circumstances, and with appropriate documentation.

Important Dates

February 23, 2021

March 2, 2021

March 23, 2021

April 6, 2021

April 14, 2021

April 21, 2021

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