units

FIT4063

Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

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

  • explain 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 and justify an effective user interface;
  • critically evaluate an interaction design.

Assessment

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.

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Chief examiner(s)

Prerequisites

(FIT9003 or FIT5132) or (FIT9030 or FIT5130)

Prohibitions

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