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MM4HCI Human-Computer Systems
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc in Human Factors students; MA/MSc in Information Technology students. MSc Human Computer Interaction. Horizon CDT, Undergraduate students in Engineering Faculty, particularly Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering and PDM NOTE: Erasmus/Socrates/Visiting students MUST take any relevant examinations for this module in Nottingham at the appropriate time with all other students in the cohort.   Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Undergraduate students from M3 taking this module should have a basic knowledge of professional skills from modules such as MM1PRO or equivalent

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module provides an overview to the discipline of Human Computer Interaction from a Human Factors perspective - considering the design and evaluation of computer systems that meet the needs of end users and the wider stakeholder groups. Topics covered include: Usability and beyond, methods for understanding users and their requirements, developing requirements specifications, methods for designing and evaluating user experiences, visualisation technologies and multimodal interaction, virtual reality, in-car user-interfaces, designing user-interfaces for ageing and disability, designing web/on-line experiences, designing collaborative/social user experiences.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Two hours lectures per week.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 60 2 hour exam (2 questions out of 4) 
Coursework 1 40 Group coursework - developing a user requirements specification for a novel user-interface 

Convenor: 
Professor G Burnett

Education Aims:  To provide students with a thorough understanding of how to design and evaluate human-computer systems in order to produce solutions that are usable, safe, acceptable, enjoyable, fun, and so on.

Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1 – Describe the technical developments in computer systems, and the types of systems being used in the workplace now and in the future
  • LO2 – Understand the importance of considering human physical, cognitive and organisational characteristics in user-interface design
  • LO3 –Apply a range of design and evaluation approaches and techniques
  • LO4 –Critically analyse a variety of interface and technology types with respect to interface design guidelines
  • LO5 – Recognise the variety of interaction design requirements for a range of types of multimodal and VR technologies

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering


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