Human Computer Interaction - COMP3280

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Kemi Ademoye checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32
Private study hours: 118
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
50% Examination and 50% Coursework

Interface Analysis (Report (Individual)) (25%)
Interface Design (Staged deliverable (group work)) (25%)

2-hour unseen examination (50%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Design of Everyday Things Don Norman, 2002. Basic Books ISBN: 0465067107
Designing for Interaction, Dan Saffer, 2009 New Riders ISBN-10: 0321643399
Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2015, Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, Jenny Preece. John Wiley ISBN-10:1119020751

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 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 [A3, C3]
2 Understand how to identify and analyse interaction strengths and weaknesses [A4]
3 Be able to apply appropriate HCI theories and practices to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interfaces [C2, C4]
4 Be able to design (or re-design), test and evaluate an interface [A4, B3, C1, C2]

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate comprehension of the trade-offs involved in design-choices. [B1]
2 Recognise and be guided by social, professional and ethical issues and guidelines. [B6]
3 Make effective use of IT facilities for solving problems. [D3]
4 Develop skills of working and communicating in a group [D1]
5 Be able to manage their own learning and development, through self-directed study and working on continuous assessment. [D5]


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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