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CM30141: Theory of human computer interaction

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
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 OR take CM20319
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. 

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.

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-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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