Courses & Units

Human Computer Interaction KIT313

Launceston, Hobart


Note: This unit will only have online classes in 2022. All lectures and tutorials will be available online only.


This unit explores topics in Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Design. This will cover different aspects such as whether the system provides sufficient functionality to meet their user needs and how the users feel and perceive the systems such as task satisfaction, ease of learning, ease of use, accessibility, and efficiency. This unit will provide students essential background, knowledge and research skills of usability and user experience design and evaluation, including how to elicit usability requirements, identify tasks that a system needs to support, design the evaluation protocol and how to collect usability data, analyse and interpret results and communicate them to wide audiences. The unit will introduce students to the different types of user experimentation methods commonly used within HCI and UXD research, and students will additionally learn the theory behind HCI and its application to several newly emerging technologies.

This unit provides a conceptual and practical experience for students. Students will be expected to complete individual assessments including reports, oral presentations, and interface designs.


Unit name Human Computer Interaction
Unit code KIT313
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
Discipline Information & Communication Technology
Coordinator Associate Professor Kristy de Salas
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Design and prototype applications by applying approaches of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Experience Design (UXD) for deployment on diverse platforms
  • Apply appropriate techniques to analyse the user experience while professionally interacting with your participants to collect the required data
  • Investigate and report on the needs of users to design and evaluate user-centered applications.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
029999 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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25 credit points at intermediate level


Teaching Pattern

2-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial, 

AssessmentTechnology Acceptance Insights (25%)|Design drawing and functional prototype (35%)|Evaluation of functional prototypes (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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