FIT5152 - User interface design and usability - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Pari Delir Haghighi

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester B 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (Evening)

South Africa

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


FIT4063, IMS5302, CSE5930


This unit provides detailed understanding of user interaction design theories, principles and practices and usability for web based systems and small screen devices. The unit examines issues in interaction design and usability from various perspectives, in particular the user experience. The unit includes how to achieve more effective design during systems development, tools and techniques for understanding users better and the application of these to designing web and small screen device systems. It explores contemporary issues including the challenges faced by designers with emerging technologies.


At the completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. use and explain HCI theories, principles and guidelines;
  2. identify and analyse the elements, controls and constraints of effective user interfaces in different platforms;
  3. design and justify a useful and usable interface by applying user-centred design principles;
  4. critically evaluate and assess a user interface and provide recommendations.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Study schedule for off-campus students:
    • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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