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TITLE User Interface Design

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION During the study-unit the student will be introduced to various elements of interfaces design (for personal computers and mobile devices/tablets) and human computer interaction (HCI) including principles of design, methods for evaluating interfaces and techniques for designing user interfaces.

Study-unit Aims

The aims of the study-unit are to:
i) introduce the best practices, standards, techniques, and concepts of user interface design.
ii) understand the value of good user interface design.
iii) provide techniques for the design of a good user interface.
iv) teach students how to apply the above.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i) understand the value of good user interface design.
ii) provide techniques for the design of a good user interface.
iii) provide knowledge for the prototyping/implementation of a good user interface.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i) recognize good interface design
ii) design and implement a user interface based on the knowledge gained in the study-unit.

Main Text/s:

Main textbooks:

Ben Schneiderman, Catherine Plaisant (2010). Designing the User Interface - Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th Edition), Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-60148-3

Other textbooks:

Donald A. Norman (2002). The Design of Everyday Things, Basic Books. ISBN-13: 978-0465067107.

Additional readings may be announced at a later date.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students taking this study-unit need to have a technical background.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Conrad Attard
Colin Layfield
Christopher Porter

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