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Module

CSC3723 : Ubiquitous and Pervasive Interaction (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Dave Kirk
  • Lecturer: Mr Chris Napier
  • Other Staff: Mr Andrew Dow
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

•       To give the students a historical account of ubiquitous computing and identify how this relates to key elements of interaction
•       To give the students an understanding of the key characteristics of ubiquitous computing technologies and interfaces, including their specification, design, implementation and evaluation
•       To engage the students in discussions around current human-computer interaction literature and its implications for the design and evaluation of ubiquitous computing
•       To expose the students to the issues of privacy and ethics in relation to concerns within ubiquitous computing and how these relate to specific design and deployment decisions
•       To give the students hands-on experience of designing and prototyping ubiquitous computing interfaces and interactions using off-the-shelf prototyping materials
•       To give students experience of working in collaborative teams to design and develop ubiquitous technology prototype.

Outline Of Syllabus

A history and ubiquitous computing
Systems, interfaces and technologies for ubiquitous computing (including: wearable, tangible and embedded, interactive surfaces and tabletops, natural user interfaces)
Context-aware interaction
Location in ubiquitous computing
Privacy in ubiquitous computing
Ethics of ubiquitous computing interfaces
Specific application areas for Ubiquitous and Pervasive Interaction

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion62:0012:00Production of case study portfolio report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Development of of case study prototype / artefact
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Completion of online quizzes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical92:0018:00Practicals offering hands-on experience with cutting edge ubiquitous computing technologies.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading102:0020:00Reading of weekly research papers & web resources, engagement with media
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Small group learning sessions, including mini-lectures, SOLE sessions, debates, games
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity101:0010:00Online discussions between students relating to “big questions” & reading
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This course will use blended learning to offer a complementary mix of directed learning around topics of interest alongside students’ own independent learning based on resources provided within the course and beyond. Practical classes will offer student hands-on experience interacting with and prototyping a range of ubiquitous computing technologies. To support students learning in relation to the philosophy and conceptual areas of ubiquitous computing small group teaching will be configured through games, debates and other active learning activities in scheduled weekly seminars. Students will be expected to prepare to take part in these face-to-face activities through actively participating in online elements of the course, which will include critically reading selected materials (both from formal publications, and selected web-based resources), and participating in online forums where “big questions” relating to the material are discussed. Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time each week preparing for face-to-face teaching, as well as reflecting on learning over the course of the semester.

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
Case study1M100Portfolio piece; introduces a concept ubicomp technology to tackle a real-world challenge including high-fidelity prototype + report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This course aims to encourage students to develop a conceptual and practical understanding of ubiquitous computing technologies and apply these understandings to the design and develop of a ubiquitous computing interaction using off-the-shelf prototype technologies. The hands-on and applied nature of much of the learning necessitates a coursework-based approach to evaluating students’ learning (this hands-on approach is reflected in chosen teaching methods, with contact time being split between small group learning and hands-on practical classes throughout the semester). In addition, the course has been configured to require students to actively engage in constructivist learning experiences across the semester through a mixture of self-directed and directed learning experiences. Assessment relating to students’ engagement in these learning processes aims to highlight the importance of participation. With multiple opportunities to receive formative feedback throughout the semester and a single coursework assessment, the course aims to reduce assessment-burden, while ensuring that students are able to learn and build upon their assessed work over the semester.

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