|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours Written Exam||50%|
|Semester Assessment||User Centred Design of Computer System. Approx 25 hours||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.|
This module will enable the student to incorporate principles of user centred design into the development of applications built on modern windowing systems.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- design and implement effective user interfaces, making appropriate use of development techniques.
- apply task and user modelling techniques to the design and evaluation of an interactive system.
- appreciate the limitations of human capacities, and identify how they affect design choices.
- evaluate ethical situations and make professional judgements on them.
This course deals with the issue of how systems should be built in order to make them understandable by, and accessible to, users. Principles of good interface design are introduced and applied to the issue of human computer interaction. The course also considers methods and tools for achieving good computer interface design.
Functionality. Usability. Socio-technical system interaction. Task and dialogue levels.
2. Models for Human Computer Interaction - 3 Lectures
Mental models. Taskflow models. Dialogue interaction models. Interface metaphors.
3. Methods for Human Computer Interaction - 4 Lectures
Requirements specification. User interface design. Evaluation techniques. Standards for HCI and requirements.
4. Guidelines for screen interfaces - 4 Lectures
HCI characteristics, human cognitive abilities, attention, short-term memory, use of colour. Web acessibility issues.
5. Ethical issues - 3 Lectures
Difficult ethical issues. Examples from the Internet. Evaluating ethical issues and developing decision skills for difficult situations.
6. Current and future developments - 2 Lectures
Changing issues in user interface design, and new research developments.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||No.|
|Communication||Written skills will be needed to complete examination and coursework.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||See 2 above .|
|Information Technology||The whole module concerns this area.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Module looks at quite `new¿ areas of computing ¿ may lead to new options in career choice|
|Problem solving||This is inherent to the topic.|
|Research skills||The students will need to search for and use relevant technical information while completing practical work.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Yes. See module title and content.|
Reading ListRecommended Text
Ben Shneiderman (1998) Designing the User Interface 3rd Ed. Addison Wesley Primo search Consult For Futher Information
Donald A. Norman (1988) The Psychology of Everyday Things Harper Collins Primo search Jenny Preece (ed) (1992) A Guide to Usability: Human Factors in Computing Addison-Wesley Primo search William M. Newman and Michael G. Lamming (1995) Interactive System Design Addison Wesley Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5