MDC5210 - Interaction design studio 2 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Dr Indae Hwang

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit advances knowledge, methods and principles in interaction design and focuses on furthering the practical and conceptual skills developed in preceding units. In the studio students will be exposed to a broad range of interactive system design methods from holistic thinking and operational thinking to self-organization, and will explore the significance and complexity of contextualization required in systemic approaches in the design process. A major design project encourages students to develop research skills and experience in applying methods and principles of system design to solve complex interaction design issues.


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

  1. Research and integrate advanced interactive system design concepts, approaches, theories and principles to their own design practice;
  2. Utilise contextual diagrams and interfaces as core components in a design outcome with consideration for the basic needs of target users;
  3. Apply research, problem-solving methodologies and advanced technical skills to plan and manage complex interaction design solutions from initial concept to final resolution;
  4. Communicate ideas and concepts to critically reflect and justify own design through a process of observation, analysis, selection, interpretation and expression;
  5. Critically analyse and evaluate the rationale for integrating interactive technologies in a design solution;
  6. Observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


100% mixed mode/portfolio

Workload requirements

8 contact hours and 16 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


MDC4110, or by permission