• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Duncan Stevenson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP6390
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course will provide an introduction to the field of Human Computer Interaction and will introduce students to behavioural research methods and techniques used in usability testing. The course will give students the essential theoretical background to approaches, methods and techniques followed by practical experience in conducting usability studies for interactive systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Appreciate the importance of the user interface in software development.
  • Classify the key aspects of human psychology which can determine user actions at and satisfaction of the interface.
  • Describe the key design principles for user interfaces.
  • Develop and implement a process to gather requirements for, engage in iterative design of, and evaluate the usability of a user interface.
  • Describe how user interface development can be integrated into an overall software development process.
  • Demonstrate sufficient theory of human computer interaction, experimental methodology and inferential statistics to engage with the contemporary research literature in interface technology and design.
  • Identify key design errors in simple interfaces and suggest alternative designs.
  • Discuss ethical issues involved in testing user interfaces.

Indicative Assessment

  • Course Assignments (60%) 
  • Exam (40%)

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Workload

Thirty hours of lectures and 8 one-hour tutorials plus 2 hours of experimental participation or user interface evaluation (or equivalent)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP1110 or COMP1140 or COMP1510; and 12 units of 2000 level COMP courses. Incompatible with COMP6390.

Prescribed Texts

Norman, Donald The Design of Everyday Things London/New York: MIT Press, 2013. (Required reading)

A list of other reference books will be given at the start of the course.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8164 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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