This unit provides detailed understanding of user interface design principles and practices and usability for computer-based systems. The principles, guidelines and standards for incorporating human factors in computer interface design are explored. The unit examines issues in interface design and usability from various perspectives and how to manage this during systems development. It explores contemporary issues including: background and underpinning theories, guidelines and standards, design processes and implementation in practice, user interface evaluation methods, interface styles and componential design. The application of HCI design in other environments such as virtual reality and mobile devices will be covered.
2 hrs lectures/wk, 1.5 hr laboratory/wk
This is a 6 point unit which, according to University guidelines, requires you to spend 12 hours of work per week on it (a total of at least 144 hours per semester).
The anticipated workload is:
Contact hours: Tuesday 3pm - 5pm
Contact hours: To be advised
Contact hours: To be advised
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Assignment 1||10%||Week 5 Tutorial|
|Assignment 2||20% (15% written component, 5% presentation)||Written component due Friday 21 October 2011, presentation due Week 11 or Week 12 Tutorial (to be confirmed)|
|Regular participation in online discussion forums||10%||Ongoing (Week 2 to Week 11)|
|Active participation in tutorials||10%||Weekly (Week 2 to Week 10)|
|Examination 1||50%||To be advised|
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The prescribed text is:
Shneiderman, B and Plaisant C (2010). Designing the User Interface, 5th edition Pearson.
A reading list and other reseources, for each tutorial will be available weekly on Moodle. All reading material will be available from the library in PDF format. Any other material will be provided online.
|0||Register for tutorials, log into Moodle and download reading guide for Week 1||No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0|
|1||Introduction and overview (no tutorial in Week 1)|
|2||Theories, standards and guidelines|
|3||Interface design background|
|4||Menus, forms and icons|
|5||User Interaction||Assignment 1 due Week 5 Tutorial|
|6||Designing user information|
|7||Evaluation and usability testing|
|8||The web and other interfaces (what is different?)|
|9||Data gathering, task analysis and prototyping|
|11||Development taking a User Centred Design approach||Assignment 2 presentation due Week 11 Tutorial (to be confirmed)|
|12||Guest speaker (to be confirmed)||Assignment 2 presentation due Week 12 Tutorial (to be confirmed); Written component of Assignment 2 due 4pm Thursday 20 October 2011|
|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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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
During the semester you will be assessed on work in, and preparation for, tutorials, in particular the specifically assigned reading for each week. The assessment will be dependent on the quality of your answers based on the readings. A number of exercises may be set and students will be expected to complete those exercises either during the tutorial, or in preparation for the tutorial, and to actively participate in tutorial classes. Assessment will occur in tutorials from Week 2 to Week 10.
This assessment will consitute 10% of your marks. No marks are awarded for simply attending tutorials.
Quality of the form designed (based on the learning to date) and the justification provided for the design.
All students in the group will be given the same mark unless an adjustment is made by the lecturer based on feedback from the group.
The written component will be assessed on the design of the evaluation conducted, quality of the content, understanding of the concepts and background literature .
The presentation will be assessed on the quality of the presentation and the delivery, the content selected for the presentation and its relevance.
Simply posting to a forum does not guarantee that you will recieve any marks, the awarding of marks depends on the quality of your contribution.
Quality of answers / responses.
Demonstrate an understanding of the reading material provided.
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