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CSC3722 : Advanced Interaction Design

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To give students an advanced understanding of Interaction Design practice.
To give students an understanding of relevant Design history and theory.
To give students an advanced skill-set in practices of Interaction Design.
To give students hands-on experience in prototyping interactive technologies (from lo-fi to high-fi techniques including the use of relevant development toolkits).
To give students experience of and to develop skills in working in collaborative design teams.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design Theory
Models and Frameworks of Interaction
Fieldwork for design
Methods for designing with users
Prototyping techniques and materials
Design-led evaluation of systems
Qualitative data collection and analysis
Specification application areas for Interaction Design

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Combination of face-to-face and podcast lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading112:0022:00Reading preparation for seminar class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical112:0022:00Practical classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminar groups around set reading material
Guided Independent StudyProject work113:0033:00Coursework development and practical class preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery50:000:00Optional coursework support sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and to prepare for the practical and seminar sessions and for demonstrating key concepts by example.

Podcasting of lectures will be used to give students greater flexibility over the pacing of their learning experience and to develop a reusable teaching resource over which teaching staff have greater control. (This also allows external industrial experts to provide reusable lecture content, at low cost.)

Students will be expected to read suggested material in preparation for seminar sessions. Students are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes and seminar material through wider self-directed background reading.

Practical classes will develop skills through hands-on experience of interaction design techniques and will promote group working. Students will be expected to spend significant time in completing work between practical classes, which will be used towards their coursework.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M70Individual design portfolio outlining phases and process of interaction design throughout project work. (3000 words)
Design/Creative proj2M15Group design project resulting in a working prototype developed in available prototyping toolkits. (10 hours)
Design/Creative proj2M15Group presentation (15 minutes), assessing both content and quality of presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment consists of an individual report, a group presentation and a group design project, assessing students’ practical design and development skills and their ability to work in collaborative design teams. The hands-on practical nature of interaction design practice necessitates a coursework based evaluation, rather than a written exam. The assessment is designed to support the development of professional skills in interaction design.

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