• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Software Engineering, Human Centred Computing
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Susan Hansen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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  • STEM Course

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project Work (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Prototype Design and Presentation (30) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Reflection (20) [LO 2,5,6,7]

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Approximately 130 hours of study consisting of up to 36 hours of lectures, 10 hours of tutorials, and self-directed study and assessment work.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Computing or have completed COMP6442. Incompatible with COMP3900.

Prescribed Texts

A list of other reference books and readings will be given 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
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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
5379 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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