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Module

CSC3722 : Advanced Interaction Design

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ahmed Kharrufa
  • Lecturer: Mr Chris Napier
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To give students an advanced understanding of Interaction Design practice in a variety of application areas.
To give students an understanding of relevant Design theories.
To give students an advanced skill-set in practices of Interaction Design.
To give students hands-on experience in prototyping interactive technologies
To give students experience of and to develop skills in working in collaborative design teams.

Outline Of Syllabus

Methods for designing with and for users
Qualitative data collection and analysis
Theories and frameworks for design and analysis
Prototyping techniques and materials
Designing for Experience
Designing for Social Interaction
Tangible User Interfaces
Designing for specific application areas

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material, slides and/or text published on VLE each week
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities92:0018:00A combination of activity sheets materials and short recordings published on VLE each week
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading92:0018:00Reading of weekly research papers, web resources or external videos for seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00discussion & feedback on responses to the skills activities and Q & As about the topics covered
Guided Independent StudyProject work321:0032:00Coursework development and completion
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity51:005:00Reflection on learning and preparation of reflective accounts for coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Weekly online-live discussion about required reading (seminar like) & the topics covered in the week
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online lecture material (short videos, slides and/or text) will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example.

Students are expected to engage with the provided material by 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 activities.

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.

Structured guided activities supported by asynchronous online discussions to request and receive feedback on responses to these activities will develop skills through hands-on experience of user research, prototyping, and evaluation techniques.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M100-Individual design portfolio project work (80%) - Reflective log accounts on covered topics and activities (20%)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report2MWeekly structured activities to develop practical skills. Work is presented to teaching staff during online discussion (formative)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment consists of an individual report which includes a design portfolio in response to a design challenge and a reflective log account. The reflective accounts cover seminar readings and topics covered in the given activities to ensure that students engage with both the reading material and the given activities.
The formative assessments will give students as much feedback as possible before submitting the final report.
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable