Computing

Human-Computer Interaction

Module code: 803G5
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of what is meant by good design, and examine experiences of designing systems that are usable by people.
  • Critically apply a variety of methods for evaluating the quality of interfaces.
  • Critically apply a variety of methods for conducting iterative user-centred design.