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.
Not offered in 2018
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:
- describe the theories and principles of HCI;
- apply HCI principles to interface and interaction design;
- design for user diversity and accessibility;
- employ user-centred interaction design;
- design an effective user interface;
- evaluate an interaction design.
Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- Two hours of lectures
- One 2-hour tutorial
- 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.
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