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Unit details

SIT365 - Interface Design

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:SIT263
Previously coded as:SCC311
Unit chair:

Guy Wood-Bradley

Prerequisite:

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

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

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

Content

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is focused on designing interactions between humans (users) and computational systems. It deals with the issues surrounding the design of interfaces to afford those interactions. However, HCI is more than just the “human” and the “computer” as it encompasses many facets including, interface and interaction design, affordance and usability, ergonomics and psychology.

Building effective user-centred 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). 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.

On completion of this unit, students will be able to critically analyse existing interfaces and use Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) principles to evaluate the systems they use. In addition, to have a greater understanding of users in order to determine and analyse their interface needs. Lastly, be able to apply HCI concepts to create, develop and enhance interactions and interfaces for clients.

Assessment

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
$1096$1096$2898$3005

* 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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