MDC4215 - Interaction design lab 1 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)




Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MDC4201 and OHS1000


This unit focuses on the technical and practical capabilities required by creation of interaction design prototypes. Students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of interactive technologies and equipped with fundamental prototyping skills including beginner coding and prototyping methods through a series of hands-on exercises. Students develop a repertoire of knowledge through the exploration of the concepts, methodology and vocabulary of interactive prototyping techniques. Skills developed in this unit will be used to support the major studio project to bring abstract concepts into the real world.


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

  1. Critically reflect on the historical contexts and development of various interactive technologies from technological, socio-cultural and design practice perspectives;
  2. Apply technical skills in information structure design, coding and tech-fabrication of open source technologies to own interaction design practice;
  3. Use fundamental prototyping skills in beginner programming, physical-computing and prototyping methods to design functional/executable prototypes;
  4. Integrate problem-solving methodologies and prototype design processes to produce interactive prototypes with functionality to browse, explore, analyse and manipulate;
  5. Communicate and justify concepts and methodology used in designing interactive technologies;
  6. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 4 contact hours plus 8 hours of independent study.

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