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Unit information: Digital Health Group Interaction Design Project in 2021/22

Unit name Digital Health Group Interaction Design Project
Unit code COMSM0082
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. O'Kane
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to provide students with practical experience in applying user-centred, participatory, theory-informed and evidence-based design methodologies to a real-world digital health or care challenge.

Unit content:

  • Students will engage with a real-world digital health or care challenge outside of the clinical setting (i.e. looking at community or home-based care, not hospital settings)
  • Approaches to participatory and user-centred design with health communities
  • Development of low and medium fidelity prototypes
  • Approaches to evaluating digital health and care interventions

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit, the students will be able to:

  1. Critically engage in real-world challenges for health and care
  2. Demonstrate an ability to plan and deliver a design led solution based on the needs of health communities.
  3. Demonstrate an expert understanding of participatory and/or user-centred approaches towards evaluating, designing and implementing digital technologies for health and/or care
  4. Demonstrate a wide range of prototyping skills including using modern frameworks for developing simple mobile apps
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how mobile apps handle user interaction
  6. Demonstrate the ability to present academic interaction design research in the format of a conference publication (such as to ACM CHI or ACM DIS) and a presentation
  7. Critically engage with the design of data collection, prototyping, and evaluation for a design research project of a publishable level
  8. Demonstrate the ability to critically engage in HCI academic literature and conduct academic peer reviews

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Ethics application (with full ethics form, consent form, and information sheet as per University of Bristol Ethics Standards). 10%. ILO 1,2&7.

Group Project write up in conference format (maximum 10 page plus references in format suitable for submission to ACM CHI or ACM DIS conference). 60%. ILO 1-7

In-lab assessment of the development of a simple mobile app. 20%. ILO 4&5.

Academic Peer review of conference paper. 10% ILO 8


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How much time the unit requires
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