CS2HA16-HCI and Applications

Module Provider: School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Hong Wei

Email: h.wei@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module introduces both the theory and practice of developing HCI systems

The aim of this module is to develop a sound understanding of the requirements, design, development and evaluation of human-computer interfaces including those for web based applications. A key focus of the module is placed on designing fit-for-purpose, usable and accessible products/applications. Aims also include learning about input and output methods in human-computer interfaces and their appropriateness for different people and situations, and learning about current research in the field of HCI.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Knowledge and application of good design principles and practices for computer interfaces including web-based interface design;
•The ability to critically appraise website and other interface designs with regards to usability, accessibility and fitness for purpose;
•Practical skills/experience of designing, developing and marketing websites;
•Knowledge of different ways to engage with users throughout the requirements, design and evaluation process;
•Understanding of usability and accessibility principles and tools/metrics by which to assess the degree to which systems conform to them;
•Knowledge of how to plan and manage a web/multimedia project;
•Knowledge of how to use multimedia elements effectively for websites and other computer-based systems;
•Describe, analyse and compare a range of input and output methods;
•Explain how human-computer interaction is affected by factors such as age, disability, and/or context of use;
•Propose changes to an HCI to improve performance for a particular type of user and/or context of use.

Additional outcomes:
Practical experience of using programming languages/applications to design and develop websites.
Opportunity to interact with senior staff from a global web design company.

Outline content:
HCI and its importance
HCI and the psychology/physiology of the human
HCI devices, dialogues and techniques
Critiquing website design
Initiating and running a web design project
Website structure and design
Usability and accessibility
Organisation and layout of screen elements
Client side coding for websites (e.g. HTML, CSS, Flash, Ajax, JavaScript)
Ageing and impairment
Pointing and selecting
Text entry
Natural user interfaces
Multimodal displays
Mobile interaction
Current research in HCI

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be a mix of lectures on the theoretical aspects of HCI, web design and multimedia and tutorials which will take place in the laboratory so that students gain hands-on programming experience.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 6 2
Tutorials 6 14
Guided independent study 105 42 11
Total hours by term 125.00 62.00 13.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Set exercise 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 4 January 2017

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