Courses & Units

Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Design KIT735


Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) concerns itself with the research, design, implementation, and evaluation of computer systems that people interact with. HCI has an enormous impact on the technology industry, with companies of all sizes growing their commercial success through the successful use of HCI methods to create universally usable, useful, efficient, and appealing products.

User Experience Design (UXD) is concerned with designing products, developing systems and providing services that end users will actually use. A system fails when the system does not function as users expect or if they cannot figure out how to use them. Therefore, it is important to research end-users requirements in order to make products, systems and services useful and usable for them.

This unit explores topics in HCI and UXD. 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 of 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 a number of newly emerging technologies.

This unit provides a practical research project for students. Students will be expected to complete the individual assessments and participate in group activities and student-led presentations and discussions.


Unit name Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Design
Unit code KIT735
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
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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 evaluate the user experience while professionally interacting with your participants to collect the required data
  • Communicate individually, and collaborate with peers, during the research, design, and evaluation of user-centered applications.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly 2 hour lecture

Weekly 2 hour tutorial - This unit will only offer on-campus tutorials

AssessmentRevision quiz (15%)|Individual Prototype Sketch (10%)|Group High-Fidelity Prototyping (25%)|Group Prototype Evaluation Activity (25%)|Reflection Report (10%)|Weekly Tutorial Activity (15%)
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