• Class Number 5435
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jennyfer Taylor
    • Dr Jennyfer Taylor
    • Dr Penny Kyburz
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course will provide an overview of the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) 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 and prototype novel design ideas, and engage with the ethical and environmental dimensions of design practice and products.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and illustrate key aspects of human-computer interaction such as interaction design, the user experience, usability, and user interfaces.
  2. Apply social, cognitive, emotional, and accessibility theories and lenses in critiquing existing technologies, and developing new design ideas.
  3. Investigate activities, practices, and contexts of technology use through contextual research methods to identify design opportunities and requirements.
  4. Ideate, prototype, and evaluate novel technology design ideas through a user-centred design approach.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations in technology design, and apply ethical approaches to design research and practice.
  6. Evaluate the environmental dimensions of technology design and use.
  7. Critically reflect on a designer’s own presence and influence within a technology design process.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the Course and HCI Course Overview Academic Integrity In this unit, students gain an understanding of the course structure and learning outcomes, and learn about academic integrity in design research. This will equip them with the skills and understanding to undertake their qualitative design research and written work across all three assessment item.
2 HCI Theory and Concepts Introduction to HCI Users and Experience Conceptualising Interaction Social, Cognitive, Emotional, Accessibility Theories and Lenses This unit covers fundamental theories, concepts, and lenses in human-computer interaction. This unit addresses the content of relevant chapters of the seminal textbook Sharp, Helen, et al. Interaction Design : Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2019.
3 Design Approaches and Contextual Research Interaction Design Processes and Approaches Contextual Research Methods This unit equips students with qualitative design skills such as interviews and cultural probes, which they will practice in the tutorials and in their assessment, and an awareness of a broader range of HCI methods and approaches.
4 Analysis, Reporting, and Ethics Thematic Analysis Writing and reporting in HCI research Research ethics in HCI This unit addresses ethics in computing, including reviewing relevant ethics policies for professional bodies, and key principles of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) and related ANU policies for human research.
5 Interfaces and Ideation Interfaces Ideation Sketching This unit provides students with techniques to develop diverse design ideas and concepts from different stimuli, and evaluate the quality of their ideas to select viable concepts to prototype.
6 Visual Design and Games Visual Design Fundamentals Games This unit covers visual design skills such as visual communication, graphic design, layout etc. and basics of games and gameful design.
7 Prototyping Prototyping Motivations and Approaches Design Materials Tangible and Digital Prototyping Methods Personas, Scenarios, Storyboards This unit addresses the what, why, and how of prototyping. It will cover how to develop evaluation goals, choose appropriate prototyping strategies, and develop digital and tangible technology prototypes.
8 Evaluation Evaluation Methods Planning and Conducting Evaluation Design Iteration This unit teaches students how to evaluate their technology designs with technology users through a range of methods, and how to feed evaluation outcomes back into an iterative design process.
9 Environmental Sustainability HCI for Sustainability and Resilience ANU Below Zero Unmaking This unit considers the sustainability dimensions of HCI research and technology design, including HCI for sustainability, designing for community resilience to natural disasters, the carbon footprint of design activities, and "unmaking" as a longer-term design practice.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Project Work (Individual) 50 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Prototype Design and Presentation (Group) 30 % * * 3,4,5
Reflective Learning Log (Individual) 20 % 21/10/2022 11/11/2022 2,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Project Work (Individual)

This is individual assessment. Students will choose a project topic relating to the given design brief, and undertake literature and product review and contextual research to identify design considerations and opportunities. The work will be submitted as written reports. Late submissions without extension will be accepted but penalised according to the standard ANU policy.

There are two different assessment items within the project work. See the Course Syllabus document for due dates and return of assessment dates.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Prototype Design and Presentation (Group)

This is group assessment. Students will work in groups to undertake ideation and create a prototype of a design idea that relates to the given design brief. Students will present their prototype and design process to their tutorial group in the form of an oral presentation with accompanying slides. A peer moderation system will be put in place to adjust individual students' marks according to their level of contribution to the project. Late submissions will not be accepted for this assessment item. Project groups must present their prototypes and provide the associated deliverables within their timetabled workshop slot.

There are different due dates for sub tasks relating to this assessment. See the Course Syllabus document for due dates and return of assessment dates.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2,5,6,7

Reflective Learning Log (Individual)

This is individual assessment. Students will be provided with a set of stimuli that reflects the lecture topics and tutorial activities. Students will write short responses to the stimuli using the principles and models of reflective writing provided in the course. The reflections will be compiled and submitted together for grading at the end of the course. Late submissions without extension will be accepted but penalised according to the standard ANU policy.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • For the Project and Reflective Learning Log Assessment: Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
  • For the Prototype Design and Presentation Assessment: Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded. Project groups must present their prototypes and provide the associated deliverables within their timetabled workshop slot.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Jennyfer Taylor

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Dr Jennyfer Taylor

Dr Jennyfer Taylor
+61 2 6125 0775

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Dr Jennyfer Taylor

Dr Penny Kyburz
+61 2 6125 1607

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Dr Penny Kyburz

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