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SER400 - Virtual and Augmented Interfaces


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Ben Horan

Students undertaking a Bachelor Degree in the School of Engineering  – SIT172 and a minimum of 16 credit points. Students undertaking a Bachelor Degree in the School of IT – a minimum of 12 SIT Course Grouped Units. Students undertaking a different course of study – a minimum of 24 credit points.  For students enrolled in S752: Nil



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 hour of class per week, 1 x 1 hour of seminar per week, and 2 hours of practical per week. Students are required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week. Students are required to attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the particular scheduled day during the trimester intensive week (typically week 9).


The unit introduces students to the principles and applications of virtual and augmented interfaces, as well as how to critically review the technology and propose new solutions. The unit will begin by introducing the principles of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and relevant modern technologies. The unit will then consider case studies of recent technological advances in virtual and augmented interfaces, and students will be required to critically review the introduction of these technologies. Finally students will work in teams to propose a solution to an existing problem and present their proposed solution in the form of a mock-up or prototype using an appropriate technological platform.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of human computer interaction and commonly employed technologies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO6: Self-management


Utilise appropriate information resources to investigate the dynamic field of virtual and augmented interfaces, and to critically review these technologies in being fit for purpose

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate a systematic approach and creativity to propose and prototype a new solution to an existing challenge in virtual and augmented interfaces

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork


Effectively communicate the rationale
logic, approach and benefits of the proposed solution

GLO2: Communication

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Literature review 2,000-word written review 20% Week 5
Team demonstration Oral presentation 50% During intensive week
Report 4,000-word written report 30% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SER400 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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