This unit provides a detailed understanding of the underpinning theories, principles and practices of interface design for computer-based systems. It examines issues in the design of system interfaces from a number of perspectives: user, programmer, designer. It explores the application of the relevant theories in practice. The unit will cover topics such as methods and tools for developing effective user interfaces, evaluation methods such as the conduct of usability and heuristic evaluations, design of appropriate interface elements including the design of menus and other interaction styles. The unit will also focus on designing for a diverse range of users and environments.
2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorial/wk
Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:
Lectures: 2 hours per week,
Tutorials: 2 hours per week and
a minimum of 3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.
Consultation hours: To be advised
Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Online discussion forums||15%||Five forums each of approximately two weeks duration, throughout the semester.|
|Assignment||20%||Stage 1 due in week 7; Stage 2 due in week 10;|
|Research Paper||15%||Week 12|
|Examination 1||50%||To be advised|
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Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.
Rogers, Y. Sharp, H. and Preece, J.. (2011). Interaction Design: beyond human-computer interaction. (3rd) Wiley.
|0||No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0|
|1||Unit overview. Introduction to HCI, interfaces, usability and user-centred design. Human factors.||Note: Tutorials will commence in week 1; Assessment Task 1: Online Discussion - five forums each approx 2 weeks duration, throughout semester;|
|2||Evolution of the interface, understanding the design space, conceptual models, mental models, metaphors, icons.|
|3||Theoretical foundations of HCI: theories, models, frameworks and principles.|
|4||Interface design principles, guidelines, standards and style guides.|
|5||Interface design processes and methods, user-centred design, prototyping.|
|6||Interface design elements, graphical components, sound, sequencing, labels, messages.|
|7||Interaction styles, command language, natural language, menus, forms, direct manipulation, virtual and augmented reality.||Assessment Task 2: Submission of stage 1|
|8||Usability: usability principles, usability evaluation methods.|
|9||Accessibility: accessibility guidelines, assistive technologies.|
|10||Interaction devices: input and output devices, performance evaluation.||Assessment Task 2: Submission of stage 2|
|11||Designing for the Web and Web 2.0.|
|12||Future of HCI.||Assessment Task 3: Submission of Research Paper|
|SWOT VAC||No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC|
|Examination period||LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
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Criteria for assessment will be based on:
More details will be made available in the task specification.
In this assignment students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding of the principles and theories covered through the semester.
Contributions by individual group members to the overall group submission will be recorded by each group member and will be assessed by the markers in determining the grade awarded to each member of a group.
Further detailed information will be available in the task specification
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Shneiderman, B. (2010) Designing the User Interface. Fifth Edition. Addison-Wesley.
Norman, Donald (1998) The Design of Everyday Things, MIT Press.
Cooper, A., Reimann, R. & Cronin, D. (2007) About Face #: The Essentials of Interaction design, John Wiley &