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CSC3732 : Human Computer Interaction: Applied Innovation (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tom Bartindale
  • Lecturer: Dr Ahmed Kharrufa, Dr Kyle Montague
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       To expose students to real-world applications of HCI relevant to emerging societal trends.
•       To engage students in understanding the potential implications of HCI techniques, technologies and methods in relation to a wider industrial and economic context.
•       To give students hands-on experience of approaching complex problems to develop solutions which leverage state-of-the art HCI technologies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Current HCI trends in the following strategic areas:
-       Video and audio and social content and technologies
-       AI + Big Data
-       Internet of Things (IoT)
-       Distributed Ledger Technology

Application of HCI design methods and technologies
Appreciation of privacy and ethics in HCI
Appropriate use of communication strategies (to a variety of stakeholders)

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Lectures-some of which may come from ext ind partners to contextualise strategic & cuttingedge topic
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading34:0012:00Reading preparation for seminar class and online engagements.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00deeper into the conceptual tools, technologies and methods related to a specific strategic area
Guided Independent StudySkills practice101:0010:00Seminar follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops123:0036:00Workshops support small group work where students work on specific solutions for real-world problems
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:306:00Coursework 1 development
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:306:00Coursework 2 development
Guided Independent StudyProject work21:002:00Coursework 3 development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Optional coursework support sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

he module is roughly split into 4 x 3 week blocks, each related to a strategic area. Each block will consist of lectures which introduce the area and related technologies, tools and methods; practical classes where students dive deeper into understanding these issues. Workshops form the largest form of engagement with the students and are key to their interaction with the state-of-the-art in HCI.
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and to prepare for the workshop sessions by introducing key concepts and frameworks vital to workshop activities..
Students will be expected to read suggested material or engage with suggested online media resources in preparation for seminar sessions. Students are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through wider self-directed background reading.
Seminars will provide an environment to discuss recent online material (i.e. policy, news articles, research) providing students opportunities to be exposed to different perspective about the covered topics and to engage in critical discussions around these topics.

Workshops are the primary mode of students engaging with the content. Workshops will deliver opportunities to engage students directly with real-world problems related to the current strategic area. Though role-based excercises, students will practice a variety of skills including: specification, design, communication, stakeholder management in relation to specific set challenges. . This is an opportunity to engage students with cutting edge industry trends or research and explore how their role as next-generation computing scientists fits within the fabric of industry.

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
Portfolio1M404 short group presentations, 1 per area about design decisions, issues raised & application of HCI tech and method (10 per pres)
Portfolio1M40Individual portfolio of work produced during / around challenges set in the workshops based on provided templates.
Report1M10Individual Reflective logs on their roles in the workshops.
Prof skill assessmnt1M10attendance
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The aim of this module is to expose students to both the cutting edge innovations in HCI and in their use by exploring designs, risks, stakeholders and other considerations.
By working with four real-world and societally relevant topics over the course, students will develop an industrially relevant, and critical mindset around their application and related issues involved.
The course has been configured to give hands on experience by working within a specific challenge in each of the four areas. This challenge will be framed in terms of roles (e.g. UX designer, ethical consultant) which represent a range of skills and knowledge that is required to adequately and appropriately tackle the challenge. Students must demonstrate a range of skills by taking on different roles over the course, building up their portfolio of work in the process.
Students will be therefore assessed on their application and justification for decisions in relation to the challenge scenario through the lens of a role. This assessment will take the form of group presentations for each scenario, and individual portfolio documentation relating to their role. The work for group presentations will be carried out during workshops, and presented at the end of the workshop. No outside classroom work is expected to deliver these presentations, and this is reflected in the hours allocated for workshop attendance, and fewer hours for project work.
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. Presentations are assessed throughout the semester, and documentation related to the individual portfolio is expected to be generated throughout, significantly reducing the burden before submission, while ensuring that students are able to learn and build upon their assessed work over the semester.
The final report includes a reflective log on their engagement in the challenge based approach.

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