COSC370 User Experience and Interaction Design

Updated: 22 January 2016
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites 72cp including COMP284 or COMP284A or COSC220 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMP287 or COMP487 or COSC570
Notes

COSC370 requires a knowledge of, and programming experience with, a high level programming language. Experience with the use of the Linux/UNIX operating system is highly recommended.

Combined Units COSC570 - User Experience and Interaction Design
Coordinator(s) William Billingsley (wbilling@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Almost all programs are written to be used by people to solve problems for people. The way that people can use, interact, and work with programs is a fundamental part of the design of a program, not just a surface feature.

In this unit, students will use design thinking processes to generate concepts for how people can interact with a program. They will apply theories of human computer interaction to analyse, understand and inform the design of programs. They will also develop interactive programs that use a variety of inputs, and discover how they can empirically investigate how people interact with them and think about them.

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Designing Interactive Systems: A Comprehensive Guide to HCI, UX and Interaction Design

ISBN: 9781447920113
Benyan, D., Pearson 3rd ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

The Design of Everyday Things

ISBN: 9780465050659
Norman, D., New South Books revised ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design

ISBN: 9781118766576
Cooper, A., John Wiley 4th ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research

ISBN: 9780123848697
Goodman, E., Kuniavsky, M. and Moed, A., Elsevier 2nd ed. 2012

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction

ISBN: 9780470723371
Lazar, J., Feng, J.H. and Hochheiser, H., John Wiley 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Group Assignments 20%
Assessment Notes

4 tasks (5% each). All assessment tasks must be attempted.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4

Compulsory Individual Assignment 20%
Assessment Notes

Programming and empirical analysis. All assessment tasks must be attempted.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory Online Quizzes (5 at 2% each) 10%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4, 5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply design methods and thinking techniques to generate unique designs for interactive programs;
  2. apply theories of human computer interaction to analyse and inform program designs;
  3. write interactive programs that use a variety of input techniques, including for mobile devices;
  4. empirically investigate how users interact with programs; and
  5. apply common programming design patterns, structures, and development practices for interactive programs.