Human-Computer Interaction - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (15-25%) , Assignment 2 - Individual (15-30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit responds to needs of modern business by providing students with the aptitude and skills to contribute to the design of interactive products that support the way people work, communicate and interact in their everyday personal and working lives.  The unit will also investigate contemporary debates and strategies while exploring the practical understandings of prototyping and usability analysis. On completion of this unit students will have a solid grounding in the principles of Human-Computer Interaction (H-CI) and how it relates to the development of business products.  

After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse, adapt and apply the principles and goals of good user-interface design.
  2. Appraise business needs and requirements with relevant theories of human behaviour to the design of good user centred, value driven applications.
  3. Demonstrate perceptive and analytic skills in critiquing, analysing and evaluating the usability and usefulness of information technology
  4. Examine the role of user evaluation in the development of interactive systems and review various evaluation frameworks that are appropriate for a given set of objectives.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (15-25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual (15-30%)
  • Exercises — Individual (10-20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (40-60%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Interaction Design
2Understanding the Goals and Principles of Interaction Design
3Human Behaviours and Business Needs
4Communication and Collaboration
5Soft Systems Methodology (HCI perspective)
6Developing Users Requirements
7Interfaces and Interactions types
8Data Gathering Techniques and Practices
9The Processes of Interaction Design
10Prototyping Methods
11Types of Evaluations and Evaluation Frameworks
12Usability Testing and Analysis

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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.

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Required textbooks

  • Interaction Design - Beyond Human-computer Interaction 4E

    By:Preece, Sharp & Rogers

    ISBN: 9781119020752


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