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Human-Computer Interaction 1: Introduction to User Centred Design - COM00012C

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Leonardo Sandoval Guzman
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

Introduction to User Centred Design

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

Students taking this module will be familiarised with how to design user-centred systems that meet the needs and preferences of diverse users. Students will be introduced to the notion of engineering lifecycles, and in particular building requirements from user needs, iterative prototyping and evaluation of interactive systems. Students will undertake group work in practicals, giving them opportunities to develop communication and conflict resolution skills.The closed assessment will evaluate knowledge of the user-centered design process and interaction design principles, whilst requiring them to reflect on group activities.

Module learning outcomes



Describe why user-centred design in software development is important to usable and inclusive design.


Define the user-centred design process identifying it as a cyclical approach with key stages including: user needs elicitation, conceptual design, prototyping and evaluation.


Undertake a user needs elicitation through appropriate and rigorous methodologies such as questionnaires and interviews.


Apply appropriate interaction design concepts in describing user-system interaction including: affordances, feedforward, feedback, conceptual model.


Describe usability and user experience principles from an internationally recognised set of guidelines, design languages or standards for interactive system design. 


Translate user needs into an interactive system prototype using principles of interaction design.


Evaluate an interactive system prototype for usability problems and propose design solutions.


Advocate for the ethical treatment of participants throughout the user-centred design lifecycle.


Explain how user diversity, in terms of age, disability or other individual differences can impact on the inclusiveness of a system


Describe how interactive systems are embedded in societal structures, and how they are used to invoke change at the personal, community, national or international level.

H111 Plan and manage deliverables to set deadlines throughout a project lifecycle.


Task Length % of module mark
Group Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Group Open Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback is provided through work in practical sessions, formative assessments, and after the final assessment as per normal University guidelines.

Indicative reading

*** Preece, J., Rogers, Y., Sharp, H., Interaction Design, 4th edn Wiley, 2015

*** Cooper, A., Reimann., R., Cronin., D., Noessel., C. About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design. 4th edn Wiley, 2014.  

* Mackenzie, I.S. Human-Computer Interaction. Elsevier Inc., 2013. 

* Norman, D. The Design of Everyday Things. Any edition.

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