COIS12036 - Human-Computer Interaction
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit shows the importance of designing easy-to-use Web-based applications. Topics include the underlying theories of human-computer interaction, design principles, guidelines, evaluation, and social and individual impact. Practical hands-on include the design, development and testing of a Web-based application using contemporary software development tools.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT11222 Programming Fundamentals

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Feedback Source Recommendation
Positivie comments on improvements on tutorial materials. Teaching staff self-evaluation. Continue with the current material and make refinement to further improve on the teaching material.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship between human computer interaction and interaction design
  2. Demonstrate the main principles of interactive design through critical evaluation of an appropriate interactive Web-based application.
  3. Demonstrate how human-computer interaction design and development methods are employed during the development of human-computer interaction prototypes and end user testing.
  4. Apply the knowledge of human-computer interaction design and development methods in the construction of a small interactive Web-based application.
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skill sets required in using appropriate software tools in the development of interactive Web-based application.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries
and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and
role profiles.


ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • User experience analysis (UNAN)
  • User experience evaluation (USEV)
  • Information content publishing (ICPM)
  • Program ming/software development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Practical and Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Practical and Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Interaction design
Author/s: Preece, J, Sharp, H & Rogers, Y Year: 2015
Edition: 4th edn revised Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia
City: West Sussex State: England
Country: England
Principles of web design
Author/s: Sklar, J Year: 2014
Edition: 6th edn revised Publisher: Cengage Course Technology
City: Florence State: KY
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Website browser: FireFox, IE, Chrome
  • Notepad or Notepad ++
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAndrew Chiou (a.chiou@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017
  • WHAT IS INTERACTION DESIGN?
  • COGNITIVE ASPECTS
  • HTML5 - Part 1
1, 3
Week 2 17-07-2017
  • UNDERSTANDING AND CONCEPTUALIZING INTERACTION
  • HTML5 - Part 2

2

Week 3 24-07-2017
  • INTRODUCING EVALUATION
  • CSS3 - Part 1

13

Week 4 31-07-2017
  • THE PROCESS OF INTERACTION DESIGN
  • CSS3 - Part 2

9

Written Review Due Friday (04 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017
  • ESTABLISHING REQUIREMENTS
  • CSS3 - Part 3

10

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017
  • DESIGN, PROTOTYPING, AND CONSTRUCTION
  • CSS3 - Part 4
11
Week 7 28-08-2017
  • INTERFACES
  • DATA GATHERING
  • CSS3 - Part 5
6, 7
Project A Due Friday (01 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 04-09-2017
  • DATA ANALYSIS, INTERPRETATION, AND PRESENTATION
  • CSS3 - Part 6
8
Week 9 11-09-2017
  • EMOTIONAL INTERACTION
  • CSS3 - Part 7
5
Week 10 18-09-2017
  • SOCIAL INTERACTION
  • CSS3 - Part 8
4
Week 11 25-09-2017
  • INTERACTION DESIGN IN PRACTICE
  • Web Design Topics - Part 1
12
Week 12 02-10-2017
  • EVALUATION STUDIES: FROM CONTROLLED TO NATURAL SETTINGS
  • Web Design Topics - Part 2
14
Project B Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Review
Task Description

Synopsis

Your task is to undertake an in-depth evaluation of a nominated website. The nominated website will be provided in the Assignment Specification.

Upon the completion of this task, you are to provide a formal report documenting your critical evaluation of the nominated website. The report should draw particular attention to the interactive aspects and user interface design of the website. Support your critique with appropriate design and evaluation principle.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marked assignments will be returned approximately 2 weeks after submission deadline.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria


The following criteria will be used to assess the quality of your report:
Criteria

Review and Evaluation:
• Overview and description.
• Identify and elaborate main features.
• Identify the positive and negative aspects.
• Reviews and comments from two other participants.
• Recommendation on improvements to be made, or otherwise.
• Demonstrates that in-depth evaluation have been undertaken.

Relevance to Principles of HCI:
• Arguments and assertions are sound.
• Arguments and assertions are supported by HCI principles.
• Arguments are developed consistently and logically.
• Demonstrates understanding of the HCI subject matter and applying this competently to the review.

Presentation:
• Report professionally presented.
• Grammar and spelling.
• Written style and expression.
• Citation and references.
• Overall presentation.
• Within minimum and maximum word limit.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must submit this assignment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Detailed instructions are available from the Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the relationship between human computer interaction and interaction design

2. Demonstrate the main principles of interactive design through critical evaluation of an appropriate interactive Web-based application.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Project A
Task Description

Synopsis

The overall task is divided into two phases. The following description should be read as a whole for both Project A and Project B.

Design and develop a website incorporating elements of human-computer interaction principles. The end result is to demonstrate the viability and user acceptance of the specific user interface employed by the website.

Project A

  • Carry out user and task analysis to gather user and system requirements.
  • Based on the initial findings and the technical specification, develop a preliminary design (i.e. low-fidelity 'paper' prototype) of the specified user interface.
  • The prototype will be used to test your initial design concepts and ideas. Obtain user feedback from the tests.
  • Submit a report documenting the prototype, design process, initial user feedback and recommendations on how to improve the design.

Project B

  • Based on the user test feedback and recommendations from the previous phase (Project A), develop a high-fidelity prototype as a proof-of-concept.
  • Evaluate the prototype and carry out a user test.
  • Submit a report documenting the prototype, design and development process, user test and any further work required.

Note that these are not programming projects in themselves. The primary purpose of both projects is to ensure that students adopt best practice and adhere closely to HCI principles during the process of designing and developing the interactive user interfaces. As the prototyping requirements suggests, a fully functional system is not expected from either Project A and Project B. Inevitably, some limited functionality (such as dummy output) is expected in order to demonstrate the capability of the system. Knowledge of database backends are not required in this unit.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marked assignments will be returned approximately 2 weeks after submission deadline.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria
  1. Overview and description of project
  2. User and task analysis
    1. Alternative user tasks have been considered
  3. Design and system requirements
    1. Alternative designs have been considered
  4. User testing and feedback
    1. Adhere to HCI principles
    2. Main features of the initial design and intended purpose
  5. Low fidelity prototype
  6. Presentation (professionally presented, grammar and spelling clear)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must submit this assignment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Detailed instructions are available from the Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Demonstrate how human-computer interaction design and development methods are employed during the development of human-computer interaction prototypes and end user testing.

4. Apply the knowledge of human-computer interaction design and development methods in the construction of a small interactive Web-based application.

5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skill sets required in using appropriate software tools in the development of interactive Web-based application.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Project B
Task Description

This project is a continuation of Project A. Please see the task description for Project A for details.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marked assignments will be returned after certification date.
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria
  1. Overview and description of project
  2. User test
    1. Walkthrough scenario
    2. Results for performance of the webpage
    3. Results for the test user performance
  3. Features
    1. Evidence of features working as described
    2. Innovative
  4. Recommendations
  5. High fidelity prototype
    1. Interface adheres to HCI principles
    2. Webpage functionality demonstrated
    3. Final usability and expert review of website
  6. Presentation (professionally presented, grammar and spelling clear)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must submit this assignment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Detailed instructions are available from the Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Demonstrate how human-computer interaction design and development methods are employed during the development of human-computer interaction prototypes and end user testing.

4. Apply the knowledge of human-computer interaction design and development methods in the construction of a small interactive Web-based application.

5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skill sets required in using appropriate software tools in the development of interactive Web-based application.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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