Module list

Interaction Methods (H1030)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Interaction Design runs over both terms as two modules, Interaction Design 1 and Interactions Design 2. The theme as a whole is about achieving the best possible fit between people and products; intellectually, physically and emotionally.

Interaction Design I conveys the basic understanding of interaction - conceptually, theoretically, and with a special focus on the relationship between humans and products/interactive systems. We begin with an understanding of the primary aims for interaction with products. The main concepts and characteristics of human interaction are explored including an overview of the human sensory system (vision, auditory, touch, taste, and smell) and their relevance for interaction design.

This module will subsequently emphasise the visual channel, considering relevant expert theories on Perception to inform both the three dimensional form and screen design. It will also build on Semiotic studies. As the module proceeds we will also emphasise the relevance of research methods (in particular empathy tools, personas, scenarios) as well as digital mobile and web-based interactive rapid prototyping tools to evaluate and present design ideas.

The module will cover:

  • Concepts, theories, frameworks for Interaction Design
  • Human sensory system, interaction modalities, with emphasis on visual and screen design
  • Semiotics for design
  • Studies in Perception and HCI relevant to product interfaces, for example: Gestalt Theory; Gibson & Affordance
  • Creating basic multimedia prototypes to evaluate interfaces.


90%: Practical (Laboratory)
10%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 21 hours of contact time and 129 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.