• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Human Centred Computing
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Penny Kyburz
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in 2021. Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged.

This course will provide an introduction to the field of Human-Computer Interaction and will introduce students to key interaction and experience design paradigms, approaches and methods. The course will equip students with theory, methods, and techniques to investigate different design situations, develop novel design ideas, and ask critical questions about the role of technology in society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Characterise key aspects of human-computer interaction, such as interaction design, the user experience, and user interfaces.
  2. Differentiate between design paradigms, approaches, and methods and explain their applicability to different design contexts.
  3. Investigate the activities and practices of a design space using design research methods, to identify opportunities and issues for design intervention.
  4. Ideate, prototype, and evaluate novel technology design ideas and their use in context.
  5. Critically reflect on the role of technology in society, including issues of power, agency, and representation in design.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (30) [LO 1,2]
  2. Project Work (50) [LO 3,4]
  3. Reflection (20) [LO 5]

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Approximately 130 hours of study consisting of twenty hours of lectures, twenty hours of workshops and discussions, and self-directed study and assessment work.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 2000 level COMP courses. Incompatible with COMP6390.

Prescribed Texts

A list of other reference books and readings will be provided at the start of the course.




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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5476 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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