Module Details

Module Code: COMP C9010
Full Title: Human Computer Interaction
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 7.5
Module Owner:: Enda Finn
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: Students completing this module will have been presented with a challenging and thought provoking view of advanced interaction technologies, Human Factors (HF) and Human Information Processing (HIP) issues and discoveries. The central themes of user-centred design (UCD) and usability provide the core of what is considered. Topics are presented in an explorative and open-ended way. This is to encourage exploration and debate. Continuous assessment is oriented towards engaging group discussion, exchange of ideas and reference to User Interface (UI) design experience.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Articulate the rationale of HCI and its fundamental importance to interactive systems design and development and in particular, apply this to the core area of usability.
MLO2 Demonstrate a mastery of the human factors and human performance principles that affect the design of modern GUI applications and information services.
MLO3 Apply the processes, practices and techniques of user-centred design in complex and advanced end-user domains.
MLO4 Research, discuss and present a topic relating to new or emerging interaction technologies and techniques and thus understand the broader framework affecting the contextualisation of human-computer interactions.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
 
Module Indicative Content
Development and Rational of HCI
* Scope, definition and history * Areas contributing to and issues addressed by HCI * Interaction framework and design contextualisation
Human Factors and Human Performance in Interactive Systems Design
* Ergonomic Design * Cognitive Design and Human Information Processing * Capabilities and limitations of the human system: perception, memory, cognitive * Cognitive processes, cognitive load and human error * Design standards and guidelines
Universal Design
* Principles of Universal Design * Design diversity and non-standard user needs * Accessibility, disability and aging * User-centred, user participative and users as co-designer
Usability
* Usability definitions, standards and models * Usability principles and metrics * Usability evaluation methods and user experience (UX) testing
Advanced Human-Computer Interaction Paradigms
* Multi-sensory and multi-modal interaction * Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) * Natural interaction * Smart environments, appliances, apps and devices * Wearable computing, biometrics and sensors
Research areas with HCI
* Intelligent, learning and user-adaptive technologies * Brain interaction and body-sensing applications * Invasive and nano-technologies * Advanced location and context awareness * Socio-technical and ethical issues * Emotional Design * AI and pseudo-human robots
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Sem 1 End Learning Outcome 3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will be required to develop an e-portfolio documenting and summarising their understanding of the scope, context and relevance of selected areas within HCI. This will be worked on throughout the module and will include a short reflective e-journal to capture and record the learning process, decisions made, difficulties encountered and insights gained. In particular the student will identify and further research a topic, such as consideration or application of a new or emerging interaction technology or technique. The research done within the chosen specialist topic will be synthesised as either a research poster or short paper and delivered as part of the overall portfolio.
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcome 2
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will present a summary of their portfolio and research poster / short paper demonstrating how these findings can be applied to a specific HCI design/development/test scenario. There will be an element of peer assessment and feedback as part of this assessment component.
Assessment Type Oral Examination/Interview % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 13 Learning Outcome 1
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will be required to discuss and defend both their completed portfolio and research poster / short paper.
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination

Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Sem 1 End Learning Outcome 3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will be required to develop an e-portfolio documenting and summarising their understanding of the scope, context and relevance of selected areas within HCI. This will be worked on throughout the module and will include a short reflective e-journal to capture and record the learning process, decisions made, difficulties encountered and insights gained. In particular the student will identify and further research a topic, such as consideration or application of a new or emerging interaction technology or technique. The research done within the chosen specialist topic will be synthesised as either a research poster or short paper and delivered as part of the overall portfolio.
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcome 2
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will present a summary of their portfolio and research poster / short paper demonstrating how these findings can be applied to a specific HCI design/development/test scenario. There will be an element of peer assessment and feedback as part of this assessment component.
Assessment Type Oral Examination/Interview % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 13 Learning Outcome 1
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will be required to discuss and defend both their completed portfolio and research poster / short paper.
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 7.00 7
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 7.00 7
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Jennifer Preece, Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers. (2019), Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 5th. John Wiley & Sons, p.584, [ISBN: 1119547253].
  • Prof David Benyon. (2019), Designing User Experience: A guide to HCI, UX and interaction design, 4th. Pearson, [ISBN: 1292155515].
  • Jonathan Lazar (Author), Jinjuan Heidi Feng (Contributor), Harry Hochheiser (Contributor). (2017), Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Edition. Morgan Kaufmann, [ISBN: 9780128053904].
  • John D Lee (Author), Christopher D. Wickens (Author), Yili Liu (Author), Linda Ng Boyle (Author). (2017), Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering, 3rd edition. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, p.486, [ISBN: 1539808009].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Paul Cairns, Anna L. Cox. (2008), Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction, 1st. Cambridge University Press, [ISBN: 978-0521690317].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources