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SCC.402: Advanced Human-Computer Interaction 1


Department: Computing and Communications (School of) NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF7//RQF7
Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters level) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 08-10-2018 End Date: 14-12-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Dr AA Karnik

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • This module covers advanced topics in experimental Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with a particular focus on understanding users and their requirements, exploring design spaces, prototyping and developing interaction techniques.

    Key topics include:

    • The HCI research space:
      • Academic vs. Industrial HCI research
      • ‘In the small’ vs. ‘in the large’
      • ‘In the lab’ vs. ‘in the wild’
    • Understanding the HCI literature
    • Interaction technologies and techniques
    • Understanding users and requirements
    • Prototyping, design methods (both with and without the user), and supporting tools
    • Design space explorations
    • Modelling techniques
    • Writing for HCI research fora.

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • MSc Computer Science

    MSci Computer Science

    MSci Software Engineering

    MSci Computer Science Innovation

    MSci Information Technology for Creative Industries

  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • To encourage practical application of knowledge, this module will be assessed 100% through coursework. The coursework will require students to undertake practical work, including some or all of: literature review, design space exploration, system design, and system construction. Assessment will be via a formal written report.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module aims to:

    • Provide students with the knowledge to conduct experimental HCI research
    • Provide students with the motivation, knowledge, and tools to understand users and their requirements for interaction
    • Expose students to a range of prototyping tools and techniques
    • Provide students with practical experience developing new methods of interaction
    • Familiarise students with scientific writing for the HCI community

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module aims to:

    • Develop skills in analytical thinking
    • Prepare students for further scientific postgraduate research or industry
    • Provide students with skills in report writing

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    • Perform a synthesis of relevant HCI literature
    • Gather user requirements
    • Design and/or implement new interaction techniques
    • Design and/or implement novel interactive systems or applications
    • Prepare a scientific research report

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    • Demonstrate rigorous and critical reflection suitable to that of masters postgraduate study
    • Demonstrate the ability to synthesise and critique related work
    • Demonstrate competency in research report writing
    • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on learning experience and design practice

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