CS314 User Interface Design

for F1T 2011

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CS 314 User Interface Design


F1T 2011 DL


Tonsmann, Guillermo


Associate Professor of Computer Science


Ph.D. Computer Science, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Honors B.S. Computer Science, University of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)
M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, Potchefstroom University (Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Office Location

Austin Campus - Room 109

Office Hours




Semester Dates

F1T 2011

Class Days


Class Time



CS 219    and  Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CS360 or IS361.

Credit Hours



Required Textbooks:
1)  Use this book for the interface design portion of the course:

           The Essential Guide to User Interface Design, 3rd Edition
         Wilbert O. Galitz, Wiley & Sons, 2007 
         ISBN: 978-0-470-05342-3.
 Galitz 3rd Edition
3rd Edition
2)  2 options for the next textbook (select one)  

Option 1:


Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2008  (1/2 cost of Option 2)
*Custom Printed Edition, Primis McGraw-Hill
   ISBN-10: 0-39-016211-6

Can only be purchased new.
Purchase from http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm or Park Bookstore

CS314 - VB - 2008 textbook Cover

*Combined parts of Advanced Programming Using Visual
 Basic 2008
Programming in Visual Basic 2008 Editon
Option 2:

Two textbooks:

Advanced Programming Using Visual Basic 2008
Julia Case Bradley, Anita C Millspaugh
0073517224 / 9780073517223
Programming in Visual Basic 2008

Julia Case Bradley, Anita C Millspaugh
: 0073517208 / 9780073517209

May be purchased used.

Texts at: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Required Software & Supplies:

Visual Basic 2008
and Database Management Software, Access 2007
[This will be the required software for this course until Fall 2011. This will be the standard software on machines at Park Campus sites. Do not update to other versions while taking this course.]

“Database connectivity” is key for a User Interface Design course today.

There are several options in regard to the Database Management software but most depend on the Operating System of the computer you use: Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.  Only Access 2007 works with all of them.

You can use Visual Basic Express 2008 to complete the projects in the first part of the Custom textbook or the first VB textbook.  This program can be downloaded from the Microsoft site and doesn't take so long to download. 

Also, the most popular reporting tool for Visual Studio applications is the report designer called Crystal Reports.  Visual Studio 2008 (Professional Edition and above) come with Crystal Reports 2008 Basic.  You should download the Professional Edition by the fourth week. 

Though SQL Server Express 2005, a one-computer stand-alone edition, comes with Visual Studio 2008, it does not work well in a networked environment and for the “Group Project.” We will use Access 2007 for the DBMS.

Go to the Information and Computer Science Department home page, for directions on how to obtain the Visual Studio 2008 (which contains Visual Basic 2008) and Access 2007 from the Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance Software Center! [At the Department site, choose “Software Resources” 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.
 Warning: Microsoft Updates notice does not include software programs. Microsoft puts out all software with known and unknown errors and continuously sends out “software packs” or as some call them: “software patches.” Visual Studio 2008 has a SP1 that needs to be added to your Visual Studio 2008 in order that it works with the database. Go to the Microsoft Update Center to obtain this Visual Studio 2008 SP1 

MSWord - This course requires students to be able to open, edit, and save Microsoft Word documents.

Powerpoint or Powerpoint Viewer - This course requires students to be able to view Powerpoint slide presentations. If you do not have the Powerpoint Viewer, you can download it at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=048DC840-14E1-467D-8DCA-19D2A8FD7485&displaylang=en .

Supplies: Purchase removable memory device--USB Drive to make back-up copies from your hard drive.

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Course Description:
CS314 User Interface Design: 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:IS361. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:


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 ( a sketch) of the interface with meaningful object names.

Exam questions: Part 2:  Project 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

UID Assignments           15%                                           70 – 79 %           C

Quizzes                             5%                                           60 - 69 %             D

Midterm                            5%                                           less than 60 %      F

Final                                30%        

Your Overall Score is determined as follows:
OS = (Projects %) * .20 + (Group project%) * .25+ (UID Assignments%) * .15 + (Quizzes %) * .05 + (Midterm %) * .05 + (Final%) * .30

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Programming Projects, Group Projects and Assignments 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 may 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.

  • Three 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- 8Week-Schedule 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 "F".
  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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 .



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