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Human-Computer Interaction 2 - COM00017I

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Leonardo Sandoval Guzman
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

User Experience

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

In HCI 2 students will learn how an understanding of User Experience (UX) is integral to the success of digital systems and how they can develop systems that deliver appropriate user experiences in different contexts. Through building on HCI 1 and Data 1, students will learn about the different waves of HCI research and how each has contributed to the design and development of interactive systems. The module will cover perceptual and cognitive capabilities of users, social and contextual aspects of interaction, different forms of user experience, and designing with values and ethical considerations in mind.

Module learning outcomes



Compare and contrast the three waves of HCI (1st: based on model-driven cognitive science; 2nd: focused on collaborative applications in work settings; 3rd: emphasising experience and meaning-making)


Relate basic human perceptual, cognitive and memory processes to the design and evaluation of interactive systems.


Demonstrate an understanding of theories and evaluation methods relating to the situated use of technologies in different contexts. 


Define and critique different forms of user experience.


Explain how and why values should be incorporated into interaction design.


Justify design decisions on the basis of ethical considerations


Task Length % of module mark
Human-Computer Interaction 2 (HCI2)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Human-Computer Interaction 2 (HCI2)
N/A 100

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

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

* Katie Shilton (2018), "Values and Ethics in Human-Computer Interaction", Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction: Vol 12: No2, pp107-171.

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

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