Module Identifier CS32210  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite CS21020 or CS21120, CS22120  
Course delivery Lecture   24 lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   (Up to) 12 sessions  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   100%  
  Supplementary examination   Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.    

General description
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 design are introduced and applied to the issue of human computer interaction. The course also covers methods and tools for good computer interface design.

This module will enable the student to appreciate how principles of user centred design can be incorporated into the development of applications built on modern windowing systems.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Fundamental principles of good design - 4 Lectures
Functionality. Usability. Socio-technical system interaction. Task and dialogue levels.

2. Models for Human Computer Interaction - 4 Lectures
Mental models. Taskflow models. Dialogue interaction models.

3. Methods for Human Computer Interaction - 5 Lectures
Requirements specification. User interface design. Evaluation techniques. Support tools for methods.

4. Guidelines for screen interfaces - 3 Lectures
HCI characteristics, human performance issues, use of colour.

5. Implementation level issues - 3 Lectures
Types of interface device. Types of interaction. Representation of colour within windowing systems.

6. Case studies - 5 Lectures
Examples of system development which bring out the different issues covered in the course.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Jenny Preece (ed). (1992) A Guide to Usability: Human Factors in Computing. Addison-Wesley ISBN 0-201-62768-X
William M. Newman and Michael G. Lamming. (1995) Interactive System Design. Addison Wesley ISBN 0-201-63162-8
Ben Shneiderman. (1992) Designing the User Interface. 2nd. Addison Wesley
** Consult For Futher Information
Donald A. Norman. (1988) The Psychology of Everyday Things. Harper Collins ISBN 0465067093
N.B. The book by Newman and Lamming is considered the most important of these..