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Project - Human-Centred Interactive Technologies - COM00192M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Simon Foster
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • allow students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
  • provide a culmination of taught material, in a substantial ISM
  • support synthesis and application of material from the taught degree course
  • demonstrate an appreciation of design and scientific methods and techniques, through coverage, as appropriate, of user requirements, specification, design, implementation and evaluation (an iterative user centred design lifecycle) for a design-oriented project, or a scientific lifecycle (hypothesis generation, study design, implementation and analysis) for a more empirically-oriented project, or other appropriate systematic and rigorous approach depending on the problem.

Module learning outcomes

P401 Acquire specialisation in a particular part of the subject area, including enhanced or new technical skills that build on taught theory. Examined in the overall project report.

P402 Conduct an investigation in an area that involves some element of novelty or originality, and critically evaluate the results of the work. Examined in the development and evaluation sections of the project report.

P403 Carry out research, critically engaging with research literature, and identify a clearly articulated line of enquiry. Examined in the literature review and evaluation sections of the project report.

P404 Contribute to an established area of research or development, demonstrating understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. Examined in the overall project report.

P405 Recognise alternative approaches, selecting and justifying the approach taken at each point in the report, identifying parts of the project area that are feasible within the time constraints of the project. Analyse limitations of work undertaken, and identify potential directions for future study.

P406 Prepare a written report on the work done, according to the defined criteria (supplied separately), aiming for a standard that would be acceptable for wider publication.

P407 Account for and reflect on appropriate legal, ethical, social, professional and commercial issues involved in the project. Document this in the project report.

P408 Express questions for investigation in the field of Human-Computer Interaction in a clear and concise way, providing information about the key motivations for investigating those questions.


Task Length % of module mark
Individual Project Report - Human-Centred Interactive Technologies
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Individual Project Report - Human-Centred Interactive Technologies
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on project draft (when submitted to supervisor in a timely manner).
Written feedback after written project report submitted.

Indicative reading

1. Cairns, P. (2019). Doing Better Statistics in Human-Computer Interaction. Cambridge University Press
2. Cairns, P. And Cox, A. (2008). Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction. Cambridge University Press
3. Field, A. and Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. SAGE publications
4. Sauro, J. And Lewis, J.R. (2016). Quantifying the User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research. 2nd edn. Morgan Kaufmann
5. Scott MacKenzie, I. (2013). Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective. Morgan Kaufmann

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring 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 by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.