Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
User Centred Design and Human Computer Interaction
Academic Year
Semester 2
enrollment in the Department of Computer Science.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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%

Learning Outcomes

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.


1. Fundamental principles of good design - 3 Lectures

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.

Module Skills

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.
Team work No.


This module is at CQFW Level 5