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CS5040 - Human Computer Interaction Principles and Methods

Academic year

2020-2021 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits

15

The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 11

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable

To be arranged.

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module Staff

TBC Module coordinator(s): Director of Postgraduate Teaching - Computer Science (dopgt-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk)

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module provides a grounded introduction to the principles of human computer interaction in the context of evaluation paradigms. Material includes: history of interfaces and interaction; the human (vision, perception, memory, hearing); the computer (from existing to next generation ubiquitous computing systems); paradigms of interaction; evaluation paradigms in HCI; guidelines and heuristics; experimental design and hypothesis testing in HCI; quantitative evaluation methods in HCI; qualitative evaluation methods in HCI.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisites

Undergraduate - before taking this module you must pass CS2002 and (pass CS2001 or pass CS2101)

Anti-requisites

You cannot take this module if you take CS3106

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Continual Assessment = 60%, 48-hour Assessment = 40%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 0%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 100%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.

Re-assessment

Existing Continual Assessment = 60%, 48-hour Assessment = 40%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2hr x 10 weeks lectures, 1hr x 10 weeks discussion

Scheduled learning hours

41

The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours

109

The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.