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SIT263 - Interface Design

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Previously coded as:SCC311
Unit chair:

G Wood-Bradley


SIT162 or SIT120 or at least 4 SIT coded unit (excluding mathematics units coded SIT19-, SIT29-, SIT39-)



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


Although multimedia systems have been in use for two decades, only in recent years has the critical role of good interaction structures and interfaces been recognised. Building effective multimedia systems requires that developers combine the right content with an interface that meets the needs, expectations and characteristics of the target users. Such interfaces must be built with a clear understanding of the established (and evolving) principles of interface design and usability that form the basis of human - computer interaction (HCI). This unit covers the issues, information sources, and methods used in the design, implementation, and evaluation of multimedia user interfaces for software systems and the World Wide Web. Interaction and interface design draws on the experiences of designers, current trends in input/output technology, cognitive psychology, human factors (ergonomics) research, guidelines and standards, and on the feedback from evaluating working systems. Usability is the application of ergonomic principles to software and web design and is now accepted as a critical determinant of the success of such systems.


Examination 40%, three assignments (15%, 15% and 30%) 60%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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