CSC3721 : Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Ahmed Kharrufa
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To give a basic introduction to concepts of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
To introduce students to relevant HCI theory and history
To introduce students to the principles of user-centred design
To give students an understanding of the role of human factors in systems design
To provide students with an understanding of relevant interface evaluation techniques
Outline Of Syllabus
Key concepts and issues in HCI
Theories and history of HCI
- Human factors
- Requirements engineering
- Principles, standards and guidelines
- Input and output technologies
- Designing interactions
Evaluation techniques for usability
Specific application areas
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||Lectures delivered face-to-face|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||10||2:00||20:00||Group work based practical classes|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||10||2:00||20:00||Reading of weekly research papers & web resources, engagement with short external videos|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||10||1:00||10:00||Practical follow-up|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||40||1:00||40:00||Coursework preparation and completion|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||0:00||0:00||Optional drop-in sessions in support of coursework|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example.
Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning. Students will also be expected to follow a weekly programme of directed reading in support of the lectures and practicals.
Students are expected to spend significant time on coursework.
Students are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through wider self-directed background reading.
Practical classes will develop skills through hands-on experience of user research, prototyping, and evaluation techniques.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Report||1||M||30||Personas, scenarios, and requirements specification for system design (Max. words 1500)|
|Report||1||M||60||Design process and interactive prototype (50/60) reflective logs on required reading (10/60) (2000 words)|
|Report||1||M||10||Attendance - attendance of lectures|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The two report-based pieces of coursework assess students' practical skills in conducting the human-centred design and human factors-based appraisals of interactive digital systems. The assessment consists of two individual reports documenting each of the main phases of a user-centred design process. The first assesses students’ practical skills in creating a user persona, a usage scenario and corresponding system requirements. Before submitting the second report, students will have a peer evaluation practical session as well as receive feedback from the teaching staff to improve their initial designs. In the second coursework, students submit a design process document and an interactive prototype for their design. The report must also include a reflective log on the required readings. These two reports along with the expert and peer evaluations in the practical sessions will ensure that students have hands-on experience in a user-centred and iterative design process. This develops their prototyping and design skills, as well as skills at evaluating and critiquing an interface. The reflective log on the required reading should be done on a weekly basis thus distributing the workload throughout the module. It ensures that students critically engage with research papers and other online resources that complement the material covered in the module. The hands-on practical nature of human computer interaction practice necessitates a coursework based evaluation, rather than a written exam.