Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Jia Wang


This unit develops fundamental knowledge and principles in interaction design and focuses on creating innovative models of interaction between human beings and technology. Students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of interaction design, and develop a repertoire of knowledge through the exploration of problem solving methodologies. A major design project encourages experimentation and skill development with tangible materials and interactive technology via data gathering, analysis, evaluation and design.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on the historical development of the interaction design field from technological, socio-cultural and design practice perspectives.
  2. Research and integrate fundamental interaction design concepts, theories and principles to own design practice.
  3. Communicate ideas and concepts through the interaction design process of observation, analysis, selection, interpretation and expression to produce comprehensive design solutions.
  4. Develop creative and specialist analytical skills through critical evaluation of designs in a series of reflective discussions.
  5. Produce design solutions that apply a range of problem-solving methodologies and design strategies to develop cognitive, technical and creative skills and experimentation with a range of fundamental interactive technologies.
  6. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% mixed mode

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

8 contact hours plus 16 hours of private study hours per week.