Interaction Design (IxD) and User Experience (UX)

Module code: CO7223
Module coordinator: Dr Effie Law

In this module we will cover basic theoretical models and practical skills for the design and evaluation of interactive systems. We will explore the core concepts of usability and UX, and also theprinciples of design. We will consider both good and bad designs and discuss the essential skills and methods that HCI practitioners need. 

You will gain a good understanding of IxD and UX principles and concepts as well as hands-on experience in prototyping and conducting UX studies. We will also analyse some existing technology designs, looking at them from theoretical, methodological and practical perspectives.

Topics covered

  • Relationships between HCI theory and practice
  • Experience-centred design approaches
  • Methods for identifying user needs and preferences
  • Approaches to devising suitable forms of solution to design problems
  • Prototyping, and usability and UX evaluation methods

Learning

  • 12 one-hour lectures
  • 18 one-hour practicals
  • 10 one-hour seminars

Assessment

  • Report on literature review (30%)
  • Annotated IxD and UX design practice (30%)
  • Mini project report on case studies analysis (30%)
  • Mini project seminar presentation (10%)
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