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Unit information: Interaction Design (Teaching Unit) in 2021/22

Unit name Interaction Design (Teaching Unit)
Unit code COMS30060
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Oussama Metatla
Open unit status Not open

COMS10016 Imperative and Functional Programming and COMS10017 Object Oriented Programming and Algorithms I or equivalent.

COMS10013 Mathematics for Computer Science B or equivalent.

COMS20009 Interaction and Society or equivalent.

Knowledge of probability and statistics and skills in programming.


EITHER Undergraduate students in Year 3 must choose Assessment Unit COMS30061 Interactive Design

OR M-level students must choose the Masters Level Assessment Unit, COMSM0083 Interactive Design

Please note, COMS30060 is the Teaching Unit for Interactive Devices. Undergraduate students can take this unit in either their third or fourth year, and must also choose the Assessment Unit for their year group.

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim of this unit is to provide students with practical experience in applying user-centred, participatory, theory-informed and evidence-based design methodologies to a real-world digital interactive technology challenge.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Critically engage in real-world challenges for interactive technologies
  2. Demonstrate an ability to plan and deliver a design led solution based on the needs of users.
  3. Demonstrate an expert understanding of participatory and/or user-centred approaches towards evaluating, designing and implementing digital technologies
  4. Demonstrate a wide range of prototyping skills, both low fidelity and high fidelity
  5. Demonstrate the ability to present academic interaction design research in the format of a conference publication (such as to ACM CHI or ACM DIS) and a presentation
  6. Critically engage with the design of data collection, prototyping, and evaluation for a design research project of a publishable level

In addition, fourth year students taking the Masters Level assessment will have the ability to peer review another piece of work in this area, and be able to demonstrate the ability to critically engage in Human-Computer Interaction academic literature.

Teaching details

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

Assessment Details

100% coursework


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