Designing for Human Interaction - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Task (20%-30%) , Assignment 1 - Individual (20%-30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,180.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,430.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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On completion of the unit, the successful student will have acquired an understanding of the key concepts of Human Computer Interaction and how these concepts can be applied to designing both online and offline interfaces for interaction and how such design impacts on a business’s competitiveness.

Attaining and maintaining a competitive advantage is an integral component of any modern business and to promote these advantages students will gain an understanding of the significance of user interfaces can have on the success or failure of a business.

The student should be able to communicate to others the true role that Human Computer Interaction (H-CI) can have in the modern business environment, and explain the concepts and practices typically used by designers and developers to influence and guide the actions and perceptions of others. The student should be able to relate the H-CI and design theories to practice, and discuss sensibly the implications of these theories within a given business context.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Develop the ability to independently research topics and resolve problems associated with HCI
  2. Critically appraise the development processes and techniques to address HCI issues arising during the development of various applications
  3. Identify issues relating to the broader HCI environment such as user diversity, different types of systems, interaction styles and different devices and environments
  4. Identify appropriate HCI practices within specific contexts.
  • Assessment — Task (20%-30%)
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20%-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group/individual (40%-50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MTB620 — Designing for Human Interaction

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed MTB130.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to online business concepts
2Social networks and social interfaces
3Practical Elements

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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.

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