- Class Number 5376
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Susan Hansen
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain and illustrate key aspects of human-computer interaction such as interaction design, the user experience, usability, and user interfaces.
- Apply social, cognitive, emotional, and accessibility theories and lenses in critiquing existing technologies, and developing new design ideas.
- Investigate activities, practices, and contexts of technology use through contextual research methods to identify design opportunities and requirements.
- Ideate, prototype, and evaluate novel technology design ideas through a user-centred design approach.
- Demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations in technology design, and apply ethical approaches to design research and practice.
- Evaluate the environmental dimensions of technology design and use.
Whether you are on campus or studying online, 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.
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
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human-Centred Design (HCD)|
|2||Planning and doing design research||Start Assessment 1 (project work)|
|3||Inclusion, culture and diversity in design||Complete Assessment 1 (project work)|
|4||Prototyping, visualising and making things tangible||Start Assessment 2 (prototype design and presentation)|
|5||Evaluation||Complete Assessment 2 (prototype design and presentation)|
|6||Tales from industry will be included throughout the semester through various industry guest lecturers|
Tutorial RegistrationANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Project work (individual)||40 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Prototype design and presentation (group)||40 %||*||*||1,4,5|
|Reflective Learning Log (Individual)||20 %||20/10/2023||17/11/2023||1,2,6,7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Project work (individual)
This is individual assessment. Students will choose a project topic relating to the given design brief and undertake desktop research and user research to identify design considerations and opportunities. The work will be submitted as two 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 on Wattle for due dates and return of assessment dates.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
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 without prior agreement from the course convenor. 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 on Wattle for due dates and return of assessment dates.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,6,7
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 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.
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.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- For the Assessment Task 1 (project work) and Assessment Task 3 (reflective learning log): 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 Assessment Task 2 (prototype design and presentation): Late submission not permitted without prior approved extension. 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.
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.
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.
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