SIT216 - User Centred Design


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

Four SIT coded units (excluding mathematics units coded SIT19-, SIT29-, SIT39-)

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: SIT365
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 2 hour online class per week, 1 x 2 hour workshop per week.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 2 hour online class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online workshop per week.


User-Centred Design (UCD) focuses on designing usable solutions and determining appropriate interactions between humans (users) and computational systems. It deals with the issues surrounding the design of interfaces to afford those interactions. Aspects of UCD also relate to the field of ‘Human Computer Interaction’ (HCI) which is more than just the “human” and the “computer”; it encompasses many facets including, interface and interaction design, affordance and usability, ergonomics and psychology. Specific attention to user needs and requirements through observation, analysis and investigation is essential for ensuring the resulting design of products, objects and systems are usable.

On completion of this unit, students will be able to critically analyse existing interfaces and use HCI and UCD principles to evaluate the systems they use. Consequently, a greater understanding of users in order to determine and analyse their interface needs is necessary. Lastly, being able to demonstrate applying HCI concepts to create, develop and enhance interactions and interfaces for clients and end-users which result in successful and engaging user experiences.

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