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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Considers ways to understand user needs, goals and tasks. This unit deals with analysis methods for human-centred design of information-rich user interfaces and user experiences. Covers methods applicable to formative and summative testing and evaluation. Students learn to extract and analyse findings into audience segments, personas and scenarios that model user behaviour.

Unit content

Topic 1: Review of user-centred design and user acceptance
Topic 2: Requirements analysis and design thinking
Topic 3: Identification and application of personas; user research
Topic 4: UX documentation including journey mapping
Topic 5: User evaluation methods
Topic 6: Analysis of evaluation
Topic 7: Choosing an appropriate software framework
Topic 8: Product testing - testing plan, test cases
Topic 9: Adapting to changes in requirements
Topic 10: Analysis of testing plans and results
Topic 11: User error - who is to blame?
Topic 12: Project review - analysis and critique

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss methods of evaluation of a user interface design including aesthetics, usability and cultural issues.
2 perform a usability evaluation for an existing software application
3 measure and analyse usability performance and preference metrics: learning, task time, task completion and user satisfaction.
4 recommend adaptions to user interface designs based upon the results of a usability test, including adaptions based on improved and/or emerging technologies
5 discuss specialised factors of user interface designs, including emerging technologies, to reflect users' characteristics to increase effectiveness and the user experience

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss methods of evaluation of a user interface design including aesthetics, usability and cultural issues.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. perform a usability evaluation for an existing software application
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. measure and analyse usability performance and preference metrics: learning, task time, task completion and user satisfaction.
    • GA4:
  4. recommend adaptions to user interface designs based upon the results of a usability test, including adaptions based on improved and/or emerging technologies
    • GA1:
  5. discuss specialised factors of user interface designs, including emerging technologies, to reflect users' characteristics to increase effectiveness and the user experience
    • GA4:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • Benyon, D, 2019, Designing User Experience, 4th edn, Pearson Education Limited, London. ISBN: 978-1-292-15551-7 (print), 978-1-292-15552-4 (PDF), 978-1-292-15553-1 (ePub).
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.