Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)

South Africa

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides a detailed understanding of the underpinning theories, principles and practices of interface design for computer-based systems. It examines issues in the design of system interfaces from a number of perspectives: user, programmer, designer. It explores the application of the relevant theories in practice. The unit will cover topics such as methods and tools for developing effective user interfaces, evaluation methods such as the conduct of usability and heuristic evaluations, design of appropriate interface elements including the design of menus and other interaction styles. The unit will also focus on designing for a diverse range of users and environments.


At the successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the theories and principles of HCI;
  2. apply HCI principles to interface and interaction design;
  3. design for user diversity and accessibility;
  4. employ user-centred interaction design;
  5. design an effective user interface;
  6. evaluate an interaction design.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


One of FIT2001, FIT2027, IMS2805, CSE2200 or equivalent


CSE3030, FIT2016, FIT3033, GCO3814, IMS2403, IMS3470, MMS2403

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