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FIT3033, GCO3814, IMS2403, IMS3470, MMS2403


One of FIT2001, FIT2027, IMS2805, CSE2200 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Judy Sheard

Contact hours: To be advised

South Africa

Stella Ouma

Contact hours: To be advised


Mylini Munusamy

Contact hours: To be advised



Michael Smith

Contact hours: To be advised

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the underpinning theories relevant to HCI;
  • the principles and practices of HCI in designing user interfaces;
  • the importance and role of usability and evaluation in systems design;
  • the issues relating to user diversity, different types of systems, interaction styles, devices and environments.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate the development of systems from a user perspective;
  • differentiate between good HCI practice in systems development from other development practices;
  • formulate attitudes which enable them to interact effectively with users;
  • empathise with all users particularly those with specific needs.
Gained practical skills to:
  • recognise the principles of HCI design required in systems development;
  • gather user requirements effectively;
  • design an effective user interface;
  • conduct appropriate evaluation of systems from a HCI perspective and interpret the outcome.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • work in teams to complete assessment tasks;
  • empathise with users particularly those with some form of disability.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Online discussion forums 10% Six forums each of approximately two weeks duration, throughout the semester.
Peerwise multiple choice questions 5% Ongoing throughout the semester, up to the end of week 12.
Assignment 35% Stage 1 due in week 7;
Stage 2 due in week 10;
Stage 3 due in week 12.
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning through a variety of activities.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Quiz results
  • Other: Peer review of quiz questions

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

Required Resources

Sharp, H., Rogers, Y. & Preece, J. (2007) Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd edition, Wiley.

The text book is available from the Monash University book shops. Availablilty from other suppliers cannot be assured. The book shops order texts specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
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; *Online Discussion - six forums each approx 2 weeks duration, throughout semester; *Peerwise multiple choice questions - ongoing throughout semester, ending in week 12.
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. Submission of stage 1 of the assignment
8 Usability: usability principles, usability evaluation methods.  
9 Accessibility: accessibility guidelines, assistive technologies.  
10 Interaction devices: input and output devices, performance evaluation. Submission of stage 2 of the assignment
11 Designing for the Web and Web 2.0. Presentations of stage 2 of the assignment
12 Future of HCI. Submission of stage 3 of the assignment. Presentations of stage 2 of the assignment.
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Online discussion forums
    Students are required to participate throughout the semester in online discussion forums that will be available through the unit's Moodle site.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment will be based on level of active participation:

    • number of postings,
    • replies to postings,
    • and timing of postings,
    • relevance of contributions and
    • evidence of wider reading and
    • critical thinking.

    More details will be made available in the task specification.

    Due date:
    Six forums each of approximately two weeks duration, throughout the semester.
  • Assessment task 2
    Peerwise multiple choice questions
    Students will be required to design and contribute multiple choice questions to the Peerwise online tool and assess questions contributed by other students.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment will be based on quality of questions contributed and ratings given to other questions. More details will be made available in the task specification.

    Due date:
    Ongoing throughout the semester, up to the end of week 12.
  • Assessment task 3
    Students will be required to form groups to design and develop a low-level of an application (stage 1), a high-level prototype of this application (stage 2) and then evaluate the high-level prototype (stage 3).

    Students will give a presentation of their stage 2 submissions in their tutorials in either week 11 or week 12.

    In this assignment students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding of the principles and theories covered through the semester. 
    Criteria for assessment:

    5% for the design of a low-level prototype (Stage 1).

    20% for the design of a high-level prototype, report of the process  (Stage 2).

    10% for the evaluation of the high-level prototype (Stage 3).

    Due date:
    Stage 1 due in week 7;
    Stage 2 due in week 10;
    Stage 3 due in week 12.
    Groups will be finalised by Week 6 of semester and all group members must belong to the same tutorial. Forming groups across tutorials will not be allowed.


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


Student services

The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis


Shneiderman, B. (2010) Designing the User Interface. 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 & Sons, Inc.

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