Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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)


  • Second semester 2016 (Evening)

South Africa

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides detailed understanding of user interaction design theories, principles and practices and usability for web based systems and small screen devices. The unit examines issues in interaction design and usability from various perspectives, in particular the user experience. The unit includes how to achieve more effective design during systems development, tools and techniques for understanding users better and the application of these to designing web and small screen device systems. It explores contemporary issues including the challenges faced by designers with emerging technologies.


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

  1. explain 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 and justify an effective user interface;
  6. critically evaluate an interaction design;
  7. investigate interface and interaction design for Web, small screen and mobile devices;
  8. explain the challenges facing designers of interfaces in augmented and virtual reality environments.


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:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 1.5-hour laboratory

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


FIT4063, IMS5302, CSE5930

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