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G54IHC Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Available to MSc students only in the School of Computer Science. Also available to students from other Schools with the agreement of the module convenor.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

This module is part of the Human-Computer Interaction theme in the School of Computer Science.

This module provides an introduction to the foundations of human-computer interaction (HCI). The course will address the theoretical foundations of HCI, the relevance of users to the design process, user interface design (input/output technologies, interaction styles/paradigms, user support etc.), prototyping techniques, and user evaluation.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks2 per week1 hour

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

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50 group component - design and prototype and write 3000 group word report; peer assessment 
Coursework 2 50 group component - evaluate prototype and write 3000 word group report; peer assessment 

Dr D Kirk

Education Aims:  This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the aims, purposes and key topics of the study of human-computer interaction. In particular it introduces them to the concept of user-centred interaction design, highlights its importance in technology development and teaches some key design and evaluation skills for producing usable technologies.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Understanding: The relevance and importance of considering the human in the design and implementation of IT products/systems. The issues involved and methods needed to design and evaluate technologies from a user-centred perspective. An awareness of the wider socio-cultural and contextual issues which affect the design of technology. Intellectual Skills: The application of relevant theories and knowledge of human capabilities and limitations to the design of IT systems. A critical understanding of the key role of the user in systems design. Professional Skills: Lo-fi interface prototyping methods. Interface evaluation methods. Knowledge of application of user interface standards. Transferable Skills: Team work. Critical thinking. Oral and written communication.

Offering School:  Computer Science

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