CS314 User Interface Design

for F2T 2006

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CS 314 User Interface Design


F2T 2006 DLA


Adams, April


Adjunct Faculty


Ph. D. Candidate Business Information Systems at Mississippi State University
Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Auburn University
Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Auburn University

Office Location


Office Hours

I answer email M - Sun and I will be happy to set up a live chat with you.

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

F2T 2006 October 23, 2006 - December 12, 2006

Class Days



CS 219

Credit Hours



The Essential Guide to User Interface Design, 2nd Edition, Wilbert O. Galitz, Wiley & Sons, 2002, ISBN: 0-471-08464-6.

And one of the following custom-edition textbooks (prepared for Park University, fall 2006) for the Visual Basic 2005 portion of the course:

  • Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005, Custom Printed Edition, Primis McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0390-731285
  • Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005, Custom eBook Edition, Primis Online McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-390-731277

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Software: Visual Basic.Net 2005 from Microsoft
Need Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition for the Database Connectivity which is key for a User-Interface Design course today.  SQL Server Express, a  one-computer stand-alone edition, comes with Visual Studio 2005 and will be used for the database connectivity. Go to the
Information and Computer Science Department home page for directions on how to obtain the Visual Studio with Visual Basic.NET 2005 and SQL Server Express from the Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance Software Center! [At the Department site, choose Software and then MSDN Academic Alliance.]  Students enrolled in the course will receive a password from the Park MSDNAA Administrator on the first day of class so that they can download the software free from Microsoft MSDN.

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Course Description:
The student will learn techniques of programming a user interface in a graphic environment.  Topics include the common tools for creating graphicinterfaces, rules for consistency, human factors, intuitive design and feedback. Interface downfalls in common software packages will be identified.  Students will work in groups to test an interface of their own design.  PREREQUISITE: CS 219.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I have always considered excellence in teaching as the most important goal of a faculty member. The "excellent teacher" prepares courses that involve students in their own learning and gives them the means to be life-long learners. This is especially important in a field that is changing as rapidly as computer science.  I believe that one learns by doing.  Therefore, I always assign practical experiences in my courses.  However, students have various learning styles and thus, it is important to use as many means as necessary to help them learn--especially material that is sequential knowledge and skills that are important in their academic program.  I set high, though not unreasonable standards for my students.  I make myself available to help all students--with the will to learn--reach those standards. The high standards give them the knowledge, the skills, and the self-discipline needed for success in their careers.  They also enter their career fields with the confidence that comes from knowing their abilities to achieve in those fields.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate the importance and benefits of design.
  2. Examine the social concepts involved in interface design, including human factors, learning curve and intuitive design.
  3. Understand the principles of good screen design and how to use them to evaluate existing software interfaces.
  4. Demonstrate how and determine when to use the interface tools common to all environments, including radio buttons, check boxes, list boxes, dialog boxes, command buttons, and text boxes.
  5. Program screen controls and database connectivity.
  6. Develop menus and navigation schemes.
  7. Explain how and determine when to use icons, graphics and color effectively.
  8. Write clear and meaningful text and messages.
  9. Demonstrate several ways to provide guidance and assistance (user documentation) in the interface.
  10. Create an interface for a specific task using Visual Basic as the implementation language.
  11. Demonstrate the steps involved in testing an interface.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Programming projects will be used to assess proficiency of programming language, tools and techniques of quality design.  (Weekly)

  • Projects should be submitted as a zipped file and placed in the Dropbox.  
  • Programming projects must be done independently. You may ask procedural or conceptual questions of your classmates. However, you may not ask for or obtain a classmate's project/homework answers. If you copy part of someone else's work, if someone else copies part of your work, or if you do not work independently, all people involved will receive a zero on the project/homework assignment.

Discussion will involve both user interface design and programming projects.  Participation in discussion will be centered around elements of quality design as well as the processes for ensuring quality design.  (Weekly).

Group Project will be used to assess proficiency in identifying user needs, carry them to design, and implementation.  It will also be used to identify student's ability to work in a collaborative team environment. (Weekly)

Quizzes, Midterm and Final examinations will be used to assess student's knowledge of key terminology and concepts and proficiency in programming skills.

  • Quizzes covering both user interface design and programming will be given weekly.
  • There will be two exams which will cover design concepts and programming.

Proctored final examination:  A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 
   Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.


Grading weights are as follows:                Letter grades are assigned (based on your overall score) as follows:

Programming projects   20%                                          90 – 100 %         A

Group project               25%                                          80 – 89 %           B

Discussions                 15%                                          70 – 79 %           C

Quizzes                       10%                                          60 - 69 %            D

Midterm                       10%                                         less than 60 %     F

Final                            20%        

Your Overall Score is determined as follows:
OS = (Projects %) * .20 + (Group project%) * .25+ (Discussions %) * .15 + (Quizzes %) * .10 + (Midterm %) * .10 + (Final%) * .20

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Programming Projects, Group Projects and Discussions must be completed no later than Midnight (MST) on day it is due. If you must complete it later than that, then that project's score will be reduced by 10% for each day late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Group Project: This class requires a group project.  You will be assigned to a group based on your responses on the Information Form and asked to work with that group throughout the term  Twenty-five percent of your grade depends on your individual contribution to the group effort.

  • Five to seven students will be assigned to a group project. 
  • Groups will meet in a group discussion area in eCollege rather than through email.  
  • The group project grade for each individual will be based on both individual performance and group participation. 
  • Each student is responsible for participating in a group. 
  • It is not up to the other group members to include YOU, but your responsibility to ensure that you are included and equally contribute to the groups efforts. 
  • Group members will have an opportunity to evaluate each member in regard to the group project. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See CS 314 Schedule - 8-Week attached below.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

CS 314 Schedule - 8-Week


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