CT5012: User Interaction Studies

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CT5012: User Interaction Studies

Module Title User Interaction Studies
Module Code CT5012
Module Tutor Paul O'Brien
School Business School
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

The module involves the design and evaluation of multimedia interfaces designed for delivery via the web to ensure usability for defined user groups. It includes empirical evaluation and practical work in the development of novel interface solutions.

Indicative Syllabus

The module covers the Human Factors background to usability issues related to the design and evaluation of multimedia interfaces for a wide variety of applications including areas such as websites, immersive museum exhibits, games, training scenarios, marketing campaigns etc., designing for diversity in user populations including anthropometry and accessibility, practical prototyping and evaluation studies including both quantitative and qualitative methods and industry standard reporting techniques for these.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. discuss the cognitive and perceptual principles together with the cultural aspects which underpin users' interaction with multimedia systems,
  2. evaluate established interface design principles to establish which can be appropriately applied to multimedia applications in order to create usable systems,
  3. develop criteria from the literature and use them to evaluate multimedia interfaces produced by others,
  4. carry out appropriate formative and summative evaluation studies and report these using an industry standard format,
  5. interpret a scenario, plan and design a prototype multimedia interface,
  6. investigate the leading edge developments in multimedia interface design and use these to inform the design process, presenting the research using harvard referencing.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 word or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Group work, other: 2000 word or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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