HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION - 2018/9

Module code: COM2037

Module Overview

Human Computer Interaction focuses on user experience rather than more theoretical concepts with less emphasis on computer programming. The module covers the basic theory and methods of HCI, including human-centred design and the human-centred development.

It equips the students with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding in computing and software development to enable him to play a leading role in the application of computing in industry, commerce and research, especially within the field of Human Computer Interaction.

Module provider

Computer Science

Module Leader

WESEMEYER S Dr (Computer Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module content

The indicative content includes:



Key concepts and issues in HCI


Input and output technologies


Human factors and cognitive ergonomics


Psychological and behavioral views


Issues in understanding users


Principles of design


Evaluation techniques for usability


HCI-based decision making


Applications in industry and commerce examples


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual coursework on HCI design and evaluation 40
Examination 2 hour unseen examination 60

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: as above Qualifying Condition(s) A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the module.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



An individual coursework (due in week 09) addressing all LOs and covering the areas of:



Input and output technologies


Human factors and cognitive ergonomics


The brain and its neuro-structure


Issues in understanding users


Principles of design


Evaluation techniques for usability


HCI-based decision making




A 2h written exam(during the exam period) addressing all LOs and covering the areas of:



Key concepts and issues in HCI


Input and output technologies


Human factors and cognitive ergonomics


The brain and its neuro-structure


Issues in understanding user


Principles of design


Evaluation techniques for usability





 

Formative assessment and feedback:

Formative feedback is provided as part of the feedback for the summative assessment as well as during the lab sessions and in-class discussions

Module aims

  • To give a basic introduction to concepts of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • To give a basic introduction to concepts of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • To introduce students to the principles of user-centred design
  • To give students an understanding of the role of human factors in systems design
  • To provide students with an understanding of relevant interface evaluation techniques

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Evaluate the pros and cons of a number of well-established HCI methodologies in terms of principles and design KCP
003 Demonstrate the ability to set up, configure and use at least one application of HCI PT
004 Produce the necessary testing plan and testing artefacts for the above application. Furthermore students will engage in team work, Critical thinking, oral and written communication all of which are transferrable skills. KCPT
001 Knowledge and Understanding: The significance and importance of considering the human in the design and implementation of IT products/systems. The issues involved and methods needed to design and evaluate technologies from a user-centred perspective. An awareness of the wider socio-cultural and contextual issues which affect the design of technology. Intellectual Skills: The application of relevant theories and knowledge of human capabilities and limitations to the design of IT systems. A critical understanding of the key role of the user in systems design. Professional Skills: Low-fidelity interface prototyping methods, Interface evaluation methods, Knowledge of application of user interface standards. 1. Discuss the benefits of HCI KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

44 contact hours in weeks 1-11, consisting of:



2 hours of lectures per week


2 hours of labs/tutorials per week



Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours a week on self-study in order to have completed the exercise sheets.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/com2037

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Software Development for Business BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.