SIT216 - User Centred Design

Year:

2020 unit information

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

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 class each week, 1 x 2 hour practical each week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.

Content

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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