CS314 User Interface Design

for F1B 2007

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CS 314 User Interface Design


F1B 2007 BL


Coy, Richard G.




BS Computer Science Engineering (UT El Paso)
MS Computer Science Engineering (UT El Paso)

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Semester Dates

Aug 11 – Aug 29

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM


CS 219

Credit Hours



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

CS314 - Galitz Textbook Cover

2)  3 options for the next textbook (select one)

Option 1:


Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005     (1/2 cost of Option 3)
*Custom Printed Edition, Primis McGraw-Hill
  ISBN: 0390-731285 
Purchase from http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm or Park student

CS314 - VB textbook Cover
*Combined parts of Advanced Programming Using Visual
Programming in Visual Basic.NET (option 3)

Option 2:


Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005    (1/2 cost of Option 1)
eBook Edition, Primis Online McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0-390-731277
 Purchase at http://ebooks.primisonline.com/eBookstore/index.jsp


Option 3:

Advanced Programming Using Visual Basic.NET
Julia Case Bradley, Anita C Millspaugh
: 0073517178 / 9780073517179
Programming in Visual Basic.NET 2005 Edition w/ Std CD

Julia Case Bradley, Anita C Millspaugh
: 0073215880 / 9780073215884

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville 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.
**Visual Studio Professional Edition will not work with XP Home Edition.

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Course Description:
The student will learn techniques of programming a user interface in a graphic environment. Topics covered include the common tools for creating graphic interfaces, 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. Students will be expected to implement an application that utilizes a database back-end. Prerequisite: CS219. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CS360 or IS361. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I have always considered an education a very important aspect in anyone's life which is why I believe that everyone should take their classes seriously.  I will do my best to present the material as clearly as possible using lectures from the material in the textbook and from real-world applications.  However, each student is responsible to learn the course material and ask questions if some concepts are unclear.  I set high, but not unreasonable standards for my students and cheating will not be tolerated.  


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. Use the principles of good screen design 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 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 database using Visual Basic as the implementation language.
  11. Demonstrate the steps involved in testing an interface.

Core Assessment:
All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS 314 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.

 There are four categories covered in the final exam: 


(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 5, 6, 10)

Given a problem description, produce a design using visual and textual storyboards.

Exam questions: Part 2: 1 and 2


See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.



(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 5, 6, 10)

Given a problem description, create a solution in the form of a Visual Basic.Net  program that uses the proper concepts and methods studied in Chapters 1 – 7 of Beginning VB and Chapters 3, 4, 5, of Advanced VB.

Exam questions: Part 2: 1and 2


See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.



(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Short-answer questions that ask the student about User Interface Design concepts.

Exam questions: Part 1: 1-10


See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.


Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 5, 6, 10)

Given a problem description, choose the correct interface tools, methods and functions to produce a solution. Debug the code to get a working program.

Exam questions: Part 2: 1and 2


See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

 The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success: 

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam submitted.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

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.


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:

Assignments are due on the specified due day unless the student contacts the instructor prior to the due date to discuss terms for submission. Valid reasons for late submission include: Military duty, death in the family…etc.

Without talking to the instructor to make arrangements, a 20% penalty will be assessed each day for late assignments, and an automatic zero (0) after 3days from the due date.  A grace period of 24 hours will be given for each assignment.


It is the student’s responsibility to request and turn in late assignments. 

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.

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 .

CS314 Schedule 8-Week online


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Last Updated:6/16/2007 12:06:59 PM