Human Computer Interaction

MSc in Computer Engineering
University of Pavia

Code: 504709   Instructor: Prof. Mauro Mosconi 

This course provides students with the necessary skills to design usable interfaces and to evaluate them. It is for people that want to design technology based on an understanding of users' needs and to ensure that the products they and others design meet those needs.

Required textbook

Human-Computer Interaction - by Dix, Finlay, Abowd and Beale
Human-Computer Interaction, 3rd edition, by Dix, Finlay, Abowd and Beale, Prentice Hall, 2003. (See companion site.)


The majority of readings listed below are chapters or sections from the textbook. A number of supplementary readings will be passed out in class as well.
The following list is purely indicative. The program and resources, which may vary from year to year, are precisely indicated on the Kiro platform.

Extra topics (non included in the exam):


Participation (although not mandatory) will be an important part of the class. It is expected that you will attend all classes and read all relevant portions of the text.

There will be a final written exam.

Students who have followed the 75% of the classes have the opportunity to increase their mark (up to three points) through an optional activity to be agreed with the professor (designing the prototype of an interface OR evaluating the usability of an interface OR preparing a lesson, with slides, about an agreed topic OR preparing infographics about an agreed topic).

Course materials

The slides of the teacher will not be made available. Students are encouraged to download the slides produced by the authors of the textbook, available at the companion website (

Office hours

Students can meet with professor Mauro Mosconi in his study preferably after class. You might want to write to and make an appointment.

Students With Disabilities

All effort will be made to ensure that no students with disabilities are denied any opportunity to successfully complete this course. If you have specific requirements that need to be addressed, please contact immediately.

Mauro Mosconi

Computer Vision and Multimedia Lab.
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering.
Floor D.
Via Ferrata 1 - 27100 Pavia - Italy
Phone +39 0382 985.372