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Interaction Design and Evaluation - COM00179M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Christina Vasiliou
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module will provide students with the techniques and foundational knowledge of user-centred design to develop and evaluate interactive systems.

This module will expose students to existing research and practice into the design for diverse users and how to apply this to building accessible and inclusive interactive systems. Beyond usability and accessibility, the module introduces the foundational techniques that can be applied to design for societal good.

Module learning outcomes

  1. Justify a user-centred approach for successful interaction design including how well designed technology can improve the well-being of people who use it in their everyday lives.

  2. Understand how requirements from stakeholders can influence the design of interactive systems. This includes an understanding that all users have different needs and preferences including accessibility for people with disabilities or cross-cultural factors relating to globalisation/localisation of interfaces.

  3. Undertake conceptual design and analysis to understand the people for whom interactive systems are designed and what tasks the technology will support.

  4. Apply user-centred design methods to practical design problems in a context that is similar to existing professional practices.

  5. Develop basic prototypes with a range of interaction styles and technologies.

  6. Evaluate interactive technologies for usability and user experience criteria through expert inspection and through user studies. This includes an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding working with users, in particular appropriate respect and treatment of participants and informed consent during participation.

  7. Critique and analyse their own interactive systems.

  8. Defend choices made in design and implementation.

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Individual Report
N/A 30
Group work : Group Project Report
N/A 70

Special assessment rules


Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Individual Report
N/A 30
Essay : Reflection Group Report - Reassessment
N/A 70

Module feedback

Feedback is provided throughout the sessions, and after the assessment as per normal University guidelines

Indicative reading

Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (6th Edition) by Jenny Preece, Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers (Wiley).

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University constantly explores ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. In some instances it may be appropriate for the University to notify and consult with affected students about module changes in accordance with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.