Human Computer Interaction - CO328

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) PROF S Fincher
Medway Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR C Li







This module provides an introduction to human-computer interaction. Fundamental aspects of human physiology and psychology are introduced and key features of interaction and common interaction styles delineated. A variety of analysis and design methods are introduced (e.g. GOMS. heuristic evaluation, user-centred and contextual design techniques). Throughout the course, the quality of design and the need for a professional, integrated and user-centred approach to interface development is emphasised. Rapid and low-fidelity prototyping feature as one aspect of this.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

22 lectures, 10 classes

Indicative reading

Design of Everyday Things Don Norman, 2002. Basic Books ISBN: 0465067107
About Face 2.0: The Essentials of User Interface Design Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann, 2003. John Wiley & Sons Inc ISBN: 0764526413
GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers Jeff Johnson & Jakob Neilsen 2000. Morgan Kaufmann ISBN: 1558605827

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See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Have a knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with HCI methods and techniques and be able to use these to identify issues of communication between computers and people
Understand how to identify and analyse interaction strengths and weaknesses
Be able to apply appropriate HCI theories and practices to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interfaces
Be able to design (or re-design), test and evaluate an interface

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