School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

Human-Computer Interaction (G5026)

Human-Computer Interaction

Module G5026

Module details for 2012/13.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Human computer interaction (HCI) is concerned with designing, evaluating and deploying usable, effective and enjoyable technologies in a range of contexts. The aim of this module is to give an introduction to the key areas, approaches and developments in the field. Topics include: principles of design; methods for evaluating interfaces with or without user involvement; techniques for prototyping and implementing graphical user interfaces.
Ultimately you will be reflective practitioners, able to understand the 'tools' that you have in your user-centred design toolkit and to think constructively and analytically about the best uses, limitations and implications of using these tools to design and evaluate interactive technologies.


Dix, A., Finlay, J., Abowd, G. and Beale, R. (2004) Human Computer Interaction 3rd ed. Pearson Education Limited. [See for extra material, lecture slides]

Rogers, Y., Sharp, H. and Preece, J. (2002) Interaction Design: Beyond Human Computer Interaction Wiley & Son. [See for extra material, lecture slides]

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by good design, and examine experiences of designing systems that are usable by people.

Understand how to apply a variety of methods for evaluating the quality of interfaces.

Understand how to apply a variety of methods for conducting iterative user-centred design.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Learning DiaryT1 Week 13 25.00%
Group PresentationT1 Week 11 75.00%
Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment60.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
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Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Kate Howland

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Dr Marianna Obrist

Assess convenor

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