Module Identifier CS22310  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Christopher J Price  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Mark J Neal, Dr Frederick W Long  
Pre-Requisite CS22120 or CS22420.  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Up to 12 x 1hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment User Centred Design of Computer System. Approx 25 hours  50%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.   
Further details  

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:


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. 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.

Module Skills

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.  
Communication Written skills will be needed to complete examination and coursework.  
Improving own Learning and Performance See 2 above .  
Team work No.  
Information Technology The whole module concerns this area.  
Application of Number No.  
Personal Development and Career planning Module looks at quite `new¿ areas of computing ¿ may lead to new options in career choice  
Subject Specific Skills Yes. See module title and content.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Ben Shneiderman (1998) Designing the User Interface 3rd Ed.. Addison Wesley 0201694972
** Consult For Futher Information
Donald A. Norman (1988) The Psychology of Everyday Things Harper Collins 0465067093
Jenny Preece (ed) (1992) A Guide to Usability: Human Factors in Computing Addison-Wesley 020162768X
William M. Newman and Michael G. Lamming (1995) Interactive System Design Addison Wesley 0201631628


This module is at CQFW Level 5