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FIT5152 - User interface design and development

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader(s): Associate Professor Julie Fisher (Caulfield); Dr Dengsheng Zhang (Gippsland)


Caulfield Second semester 2009 (Evening)
Caulfield Summer semester B 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)


This unit provides detailed understanding of user interface design principles and practices for computer-based systems. The principles, guidelines and standards for incorporating human factors in computer interface design are explored. The unit examines issues in interface design from various perspectives and how to manage this during systems development. It explores contemporary issues including: background and underpinning theories, guidelines and standards, design processes and implementation in practice, user interface evaluation methods, interface styles and componential design. The application of HCI design in other environments such as virtual reality and mobile devices will be covered.


The unit introduces students to the theories and principles behind interface design from the perspective of human computer interaction. At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Understand from a management as well as technology perspective how the theories, guidelines and standards can be incorporated into the design of user interfaces;
  2. Apply these principles in practice;
  3. Develop and conduct a usability evaluation;
  4. Understand the difference design considerations for deciding for the Web and mobile devices.


Examination: 40%; Tutorial participation and attendance and participation in online discussion: 25%; Assignments: 35%

Contact hours

3 hrs/week


For MAIT Students FIT9017, FIT9019 and FIT9030.

For all other students FIT9003 and FIT9004.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

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