This module is offered in 2020-21.


  • To examine in depth HCI design techniques, interaction techniques and evaluation methods.
  • To study the concept of usability, and the methods and tools to encourage it, achieve it, and measure it.
  • To study how to ask research questions, frame a hypothesis, collect evidence, analyse this and drawn conclusions.
  • To study the techniques involved in designing the user interface along with qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should:

  • Understand interface design guidelines, standards, ergonomics and heuristics.
  • Understand the principles of visual information communication.
  • Be able to implement user interactive systems and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Be able to apply structured methods to interface design.
  • Have gained experience in current audio, visual and manipulative input devices.


  • Abstraction: how to abstract from particular interaction problems or requirements to design generic solutions.
  • Analysis: how to use theories of HCI and ergonomics to design efficient interfaces for a variety of able-bodied and non-able-bodied users.
  • Programming: how to structure interfaces and construct them for different environments and users.
  • Communication: how to communicate ideas, designs and solutions and elicit requirements efficiently and effectively.
  • Criticism: how to analyse various systems, evaluate and criticise system limitations.

Compulsory Elements

This module has no compulsory elements beyond those common to all modules (mark of 4 in each assessment component).

Module Delivery

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Last Published: 19 Oct 2020.