IS41520 UXD: User-Centered Design

Academic Year 2023/2024

Module Description
Technology is now ubiquitously used in our everyday life. We have countless interactions with interfaces and information systems across our day be it with social media, mobile apps, as well as more traditional desktop oriented interactions. This course will explore the discipline of human-computer interaction (HCI), a discipline which focuses on the design of user-centred technology interactions and the effect that design and technology interaction has on people's behaviours, perceptions and emotions. The course will teach students 1) how to design and evaluate technology interactions to ensure truly user centred design as well as 2) more theoretical insights on how interface design affects user behaviours, emotions and performance. Students will be asked to create their own design solution for a specific information system use case as well as deeply explore cutting edge research in an area of academic research in HCI. Students will be asked to think creatively, work together on a practical design led project as well as study in depth what it means to place the human at the centre of technology design.

Registration to this module is open to MSc students only.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:
1) Choose appropriate design techniques and apply them to a real world design issue
2) Identify considerations needed for specific modalities and design techniques in HCI
3) Understand, justify and utilise evaluation methods available to HCI professionals and researchers
4) Communicate issues relating to key areas in HCI and user centered design

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching approaches used in the module include:

Peer and group work; Lectures; Critical writing & reflective learning; Student presentation; Case-based/Project-based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Critique Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Group Design Assignment Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Design assessment- Feedback will be delivered to the group individually through Brightspace after the assessment. Critique- Feedback will be delivered individually through Brightspace post assessment

Interaction Design : Beyond Human-Computer Interaction- Helen Sharp, Jennifer Preece, and Yvonne Rogers
Name Role
Miss Orla Cooney Tutor
Rhys Jacka Tutor
Kayley Moylan Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 16:00 - 17:50