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Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code CSCI925
Subject Name Human Computer Interaction
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Prototype Design and Evaluation Project (report & presentation) 40% Mid-Session Test 10% Final Exam 50%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.
Availability Not Available in 2017

Subject Description
This subject is designed to help managers of information technology projects understand and appreciate issues that affect the usability and utility of software, from a user point of view, and how to ensure that introducing new software to the organization will improve work processes and increase productivity. The subject examines the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and the major phenomena surrounding them. Students will be introduced to methods and techniques used in evaluating user needs and the usability of the interactive system. They will be given the essential theoretical background to HCI approaches, methods and techniques followed by practical experience in conducting deferent types of usability evaluations.


Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
ONLY offered in DUBAI
Subject Objectives:
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to: 1. Explain and apply Human Computer Interaction principles and concepts; 2. Plan, design and create an interface using a user-centred methodology, including data gathering, user modelling, task analysis techniques and prototyping; 3. Compare and evaluate a variety of input, output and communication styles, dialogues and devices used in interface design; 4. Compare, evaluate and recommend appropriate usability evaluation methods to test an interface; 5. Measure the usability of an interface using expert and user evaluation methods, including usability testing with real users; 6. Analyse, interpret and make recommendations based on usability tests; 7. Examine and rate the impact of social and organisational aspects on interface design and evaluation.

Textbook Information
“Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction” by J. Preece et.al, John Wiley (2002)
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