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CM30141: Theory of human computer interaction

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take CM20216
Aims: To foster a contemporary understanding of research issues in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); to demonstrate how HCI theory relates to selection and application of research methods; to illustrate the range of HCI research in terms of interactive technologies and application domains.

Learning Outcomes: 1. To be able to describe how theory in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) influences validity of research methods in state-of-the-art HCI research.� 
2. To account for the interdisciplinary nature of HCI as evidenced by the relationship between HCI research results and the framing of their implications.� 
3. To evaluate claims about HCI research outcomes and their relevance for HCI design.� 

Skills: Problem solving (T/F, A), working with others (T/F, A).

Content: Theories of human behaviour in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research; frameworks for conceptualising HCI; contextual analysis; domain- and technology-oriented research; exemplars of quantitative research; exemplars of qualitative research; exemplars of research by design.

Programme availability:

CM30141 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
  • USCM-AFB06 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science (Year 3)
  • USCM-AAB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCM-AKB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USCM-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCM-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USCM-AFM01 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science (Year 3)
  • USCM-AAM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 3)
  • USCM-AKM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 3)


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