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DXB201 Visual Interactions

Unit synopsis

This unit provides an introduction to theories, approaches, methods and applications of Interaction Design. It will introduce you to contemporary interaction design approaches and enable you to competently conduct user studies and co-design approaches, formulate conceptual design solutions and evaluate the outcome of design interventions with regards to usability and user experience.

Faculty
Creative Industries Faculty
Study area
Information technology
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Kelvin Grove

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2018: $1,169
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2018: $3,084
International student fee
2018: $3,696

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Prerequisites
DXB102 or KIB101
Equivalents
KIB102

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Unit outlines

Coordinator

Name
Vaughn Pinxit
Email
v.pinxit@qut.edu.au
Phone
00000000

Rationale

In order to effectively design interactions between different types of technology and devices, and human experiences, you will need to understand fundamental principles, approaches and methods of interaction design. This unit provides you with foundational skills and knowledge that teach all aspects of the interaction design lifecycle and produce high-fidelity conceptual and applied designs that address the identified problem space.

Aims

This unit aims to provide you with a fundamental understanding of theories, approaches, methods and applications of Interaction Design. The aim is to equip you to competently address a given design context and formulate conceptual design solutions as well as evaluate the outcome of design interventions with regards to usability and user experience.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. Understand the foundational principles of interaction design and user-centred design including the design and execution of user studies, the formulation of design goals and conceptual designs.

  2. Employ practical skills for the production of low- and high-fidelity interactive prototypes, including using sketching, wireframing and interactive prototyping approaches.

  3. Explain and implement approaches that evaluate design outcomes against established design goals, the design context and best practice interaction design guidelines.

Content

Overall, this unit will include an introduction to user study methods, prototyping at different levels of fidelity, basic evaluation approaches and introduce theoretical foundations of participatory and co-design.

Through lectures and practical classes we will support your learning by addressing content such as:

  • theoretical foundations of user-centred design approaches, usability and user experience;
  • understanding users and their context;
  • formulating design goals;
  • creating conceptual design that respond to a brief and an identified design context;
  • low- and high-fidelity prototyping techniques;
  • fundamental approaches to evaluate outcomes against design goals; and
  • understanding and writing design rationales.

Approaches to teaching and learning

This unit combines theory and practice. Lectures provide the fundamentals for your learning and are supported by presentations, online and video-resources, demonstrations of interaction design and contextualisation within the field of design. You will have access to selected readings, handouts and case studies via the Blackboard site for this unit. In tutorials you will develop key practical skills in interaction design. These hands-on sessions consist of problem-based learning activities and supervised practical workshop sessions where you explore and apply concepts.

Assessment items

Name #1: Conceptual Design Project
DescriptionYou will produce a design concept outlining the design context and design goals, and initial low-fidelity response to a given design problem / brief.
Weighting40%
Due dateEarly Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1,2
Name #2: Prototype and documentation
DescriptionA high-fidelity prototype addressing the design problem / brief and implementing the design goals. A design rationale simple evaluation to describe the process and link the outcome to context and goals and reflect on the validity of the outcome.
Weighting60%
Due dateLate Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1,2,3

Academic integrity

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A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

A list of resource materials for this subject will be provided on the subjects Blackboard site.

Risk assessment statement

All students and staff are required to complete the Tier 1 CIF General Health and Safety Induction for access to campus buildings and facilities. This must be completed online.

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