15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The module aims to introduce usability issues and the design process for user interfaces in interactive and multimedia information systems. The objectives are to enable students to understand the theoretical underpinning of user interface design and to apply HCI principles, guidelines and techniques to the analysis, design and evaluation of user interfaces. Four major themes will be explored: firstly, user psychology for interactive systems and psychological aspects and principles of HCI; secondly, user interface architectures, modes of interaction, metaphors, navigational structures; thirdly, the design process including task analysis, modelling constructs and prototyping techniques; fourthly, the evaluation of user interfaces covering concepts of usability, goals and types of evaluation.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Lab work

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