- Dr Hong Wei (Associate Professor - University of Reading)
- Dr John Hunt (Associated Head of Department - University of the West of England)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||20 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|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||1.5 Hours Written Exam||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Note - Students must resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.||50%|
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.
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. 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 and 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.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5