Interface Design

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Interface Design

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Computer Info Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Graphic Design, Information Sciences, Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    31244 Applications Programming OR 31469 Object-oriented Design OR 48024 Applications Programming

    Recommended studies: knowledge of object-oriented programming and basic web technologies

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject teaches students how to design, implement and evaluate user interfaces to meet predefined quality characteristics of functionality (suitability), usability (understandability, learnability, operability, compliance) and portability (adaptability). Concepts, theories and technologies underlying the methods and techniques are introduced and explained as required. Students apply all that they have learned to develop and implement a user interface for a business system.
     
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
     
    1. apply concepts, theories and principles of iterative user interface design
    2. implement user interface design and development technologies
    3. apply quality characteristics of user interface design and their manifestations in user interface solutions
    4. evaluate user interface solutions
    5. design and construct user interface solutions
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs. (A.1)
    Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies (B.1)
    Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications (B.2)
    Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures (B.3)
    Implement and test solutions (B.5)
    Demonstrate research skills (B.6)
    Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices (C.2)
    Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations (C.3)
    Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning (D.2)
    Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose. (E.1)
    Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting (E.2)
    Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice (F.2)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    This subject introduces students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of user interface design, evaluation and implementation for web-based systems through a series of weekly lectures. Tutorial/lab sessions provide a mix of structured and semi-structured activities to guide student learning.
    Face-to-face sessions include a 1.5 hour lecture, followed by a 1.5 hour tutorial/lab.
     
    Content
    1. User interface design and development
    2. Iterative interface design and development
    3. Evaluation heuristics
    4. Interface design principles and practices
    5. Prototyping
    4. HTML and CSS
    5. Mobile/Small Device Interface Design
    6. Usability evaluation in industry
     
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Usability Evaluation
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    3 and 4
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    B.1, C.3, E.1 and E.2
     
    Type: Report
    Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
    Weight: 15%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Systematic and structured approach to evaluation 25 3 B.1, E.2
    Suitable set of heuristics 25 3 B.1, C.3, E.2
    Evidence of evaluation including data collection 25 4 B.1, C.3, E.2
    Discussion of findings, suitable for target audience 25 4 E.1, E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Interface Design: Prototypes and Evaluation
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    A.1, B.1, B.2, B.3, B.5, B.6, C.2, C.3, D.2, E.1 and E.2
     
    Type: Project
    Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
    Weight: 40%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Quality and clarity of user story/scenario authoring 14 1 A.1
    Clear and thoughtful argument for design choices 14 1, 3, 5 A.1, B.1, B.2, B.6
    Summary of first evaluation 14 1, 4 B.2, B.5, C.3
    Quality of animated prototype 14 5 B.2, B.3, C.2
    Summary of second evaluation 14 4, 5 B.2, B.5, C.3
    Quality of report 14 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 D.2, E.1, E.2
    Clear and engaging group presentation 16 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 E.1, E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Interface Development and Implementation
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    A.1, B.1, B.2, B.3, B.5, B.6, C.3, D.2, E.1 and E.2
     
    Type: Project
    Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
    Weight: 40%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Rationale behind first hi-fidelity prototype 20 1, 3, 5 A.1, B.1, B.2, B.6
    Evaluation of findings 20 1, 4 B.2, B.5, C.3
    Rationale behind second hi-fidelity prototype 20 1, 3, 5 B.2, B.3
    Presentation and demonstration 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 E.1, E.2
    Quality of report 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 D.2, E.1, E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Individual Reflection
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
     
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    B.6, D.2, E.1 and F.2
     
    Type: Reflection
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 5%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Quality, relevance and depth of reflection 50 1, 2, 3, 4 B.6, D.2, E.1, F.2
    Citation and referencing of key texts 50 1, 2, 3, 5 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    To pass this subject, you must:
    ? accumulate overall at least 50 marks out of 100.

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