MDC5201 - Fundamental interaction design studio 3 - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Stephen Jia Wang


Dr Stephen Jia Wang

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


MDC4201 and MDC4202




This unit advances knowledge, methods and principles in interactive system design and focuses on furthering the practical and conceptual skills developed in MDC4201 and MDC4202. 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 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. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% porfolio of progressive assessment projects

Workload requirements

On campus: 8 contact hours plus 16 hours of private study hours per week

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