User-Centred Design - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

User-centred design is a design methodology that focuses on the needs of end users; limitations of end users; preferences of end users; and business objectives. This unit is concerned with the development of interactive systems with a strong focus on user-centred design and usability principles. You will learn what characteristics of a user interface can make it easy or hard for people to use, and how to design user interfaces that take into account human capabilities and constraints. The emphasis will be on design first (iteratively, on paper or with mock-up software). The design principles you learn here will be applied in the follow up courses in web and mobile application development.

Upon successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. analyse users’ needs, usability goals and user experience goals of a small-to-medium-sized software application
  2. use software and paper prototyping tools to design user interfaces that take into account human capabilities and constraints, users’ needs, usability goals and user experience goals
  3. critically analyse usability of sample interfaces and identify key features that make an outstanding user-centred interface
  4. critically evaluate the usability of a small-to-medium-sized software application
  5. create a ‘usability checklist’ that enhances the usability of a web or mobile application
  6. design a user interface, based on modelling or requirements specification
  7. motivate to your peers and IT specialists while you explain to them usability concepts, relevant alternatives, and decision recommendations
  8. work effectively in teams in the design of various components of the interface and peer-assess team members’ designs.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1User Interfaces and Usability
2Identifying, Understanding and Working With Users
3UX Research Evaluation Tools and Techniques
4UX Design Principles, Tools and Techniques
5Creating a Plan, Iterative Design Process
6Using Scenarios, Mental Models, Memory, Personas and Goals
7Paper Prototypes and Mock-Ups
8Conducting Usability Studies
9User-Centred Design on Mobile Devices
10Aesthetics and Design Patterns
11Human Capabilities and Accessibility
12Natural User Interfaces
13New Developments in UCD

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • User-Centered Design: A Developer's Guide to Building

    By:Lowdermilk, Travis

    ISBN: 9781449359805


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