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Unit information: Human-Computer Interaction (Teaching Unit) in 2021/22

Unit name Human-Computer Interaction (Teaching Unit)
Unit code COMS30029
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Oussama Metatla
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

COMS10014 Mathematics for Computer Science A and COMS10013 Mathematics for Computer Science B or equivalent.

COMS20009 Interaction and Society or COMS21301 Human-Computer Interaction or equivalent.

Knowledge of statistics (for experimental research) and qualitative research methods.

Co-requisites

EITHER Assessment Units COMS30027 Human-Computer Interaction (Exam assessment, 10 credits)

OR COMS30067 Human-Computer Interaction (Coursework assessment, 15 credits).

OR for 2021-2 only

M level COMSM0114 Human-Computer Interaction (Exam assessment, 10 credits)

OR for 2021-2 only

M level COMSM0113 Human-Computer Interaction (Coursework assessment, 15 credits).

Please note:

COMS30029 is the Teaching Unit for the Human-Computer Interaction option.

Single Honours Year 3 Computer Science and Mathematics and Computer Science students can choose to be assessed by either examination (10 credits, COMS30027) or coursework (15 credits, COMS30067) by selecting the appropriate co-requisite assessment unit.

For 2021-2, Year 4 Computer Science and Mathematics and Computer Science students with appropriate pre-requisites can choose to be assessed by either examination (10 credits, COMSM0114) or coursework (15 credits, COMSM0113) by selecting the appropriate co-requisite assessment unit.

Any other students that are permitted to take the Human-Computer Interaction option are assessed by examination (10 credits) and should be enrolled on the co-requisite exam assessment unit (COMS30028).

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) draws on many disciplines and spans an ever more increasing range of application areas; from the social, cognitive and computational sciences to design, engineering and art, and from tasked-based actions with clearly defined quantifiable outputs to other activities that have no underlying goals other than enjoyment and an emphasis on the quality of experience. Interactive technology also continues to be used in ever more changing contexts and dynamics, with interaction paradigms shifting away from traditional keyboard, mouse and touch screens and towards mobile, multisensory, wearable and social forms.

This unit explores the multidisciplinary nature of HCI research and application, with the aim of introducing students to the rich and varied foundations of HCI, to survey the theories and frameworks and analytical perspectives that underpin HCI research and to outline a set of advanced topics in the application of HCI.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of multidisciplinarity in human-computer interaction.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of different models and frameworks that underpin HCI research.
  3. Use a wide range of analytical skills to characterise interaction with and through technology.
  4. Identify and analyse novel broader application and topical areas in HCI.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Teaching will take place over Weeks 1-7, with coursework support in weeks 9-11 and for students assessed by examination, consolidation and revision sessions in Weeks 12.

Assessment Information

Examination details:

2 hour exam at appropriate levels for Year 3 and M-level students. (100%, 10 credits).

OR

Coursework details:

Coursework at appropriate levels for Year 3 and M-level students. (100%, 15 credits) - to be completed during a specific period.

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. COMS30029).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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