MDC5215 - Interaction design lab 3 - 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)


MDC4215 or MDC4216 or permission from the Course Coordinator




This unit advances knowledge, methods and practical skills of integrated comprehensive interactive technologies for building executable prototypes for personalisation and mobility-centric interaction design projects. In this lab, students will explore a broad range of mobile-based and identity-based interactive prototyping techniques from Android and iOS applications to RFID, and will discuss the significance and complexity of contextualisation required in systemic approaches in the prototype creation process. Skills developed in this unit will be used to support the studio research project to bring abstract concepts into the real world.


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

  1. Critically analyse established methods and techniques used in the development and implementation of mobile- and identity-based interactive technologies, to draw links between interactive behaviours, functionalities, physical components, and interface elements;
  2. Apply technical skills in personalisation-oriented system structure design, coding and tech-fabrication of open source technologies in mobile- and identity-based computing design solutions;
  3. Use skills in programming, physical-computing and prototyping methods, for personalised and mobile centric interactive technologies;
  4. Integrate problem-solving methodologies and prototype design processes to produce complex interaction design solutions for various mobile platforms, including a range of identity recognition featured technologies;
  5. Use concepts, methodologies and vocabulary of mobile-based and identity-based interactive technologies to communicate prototype designs to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  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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