Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design
2015/2016, Semester 2
Arts & Social Sciences (Communications And New Media)
Modular Credits: 4
This is an introductory module to the field of human computer interaction (HCI) design which involves the study, planning, and design of the interaction between people (users) and computers. This module will cover the basics of relevant issues, theories, and insights about the human side, the technical side, and the interaction (interface) between the two.
NOTE: detailed information about the module may change up until the start of the module in January 2016.
Models and Theories
See the IVLE Lesson Plan for weekly lesson plan. There may be slight changes to the lesson plan during the semester, so be sure to check the IVLE Lesson Plan regularly.
: if you are still in the process of bidding for the module, you should be able to see the details of the lesson plan if you "bookmark" this module.
Students will meet in tutorial sessions to discuss weekly topics. For each tutorial, students will be expected to prepare, before the tutorial session, a written response to a question related to the previous week's lecture material, and will be graded both on this material (20%) and on participation in the in-class discussion (10%).
Students will take a mid-term exam that covers material from the first half of the semester. The mid-term exam will be held in week 6, during the regularly scheduled lecture time, and will be a closed-book, multiple choice exam.
Final exam (40%)
Students will take a final exam that focuses mostly on material from the second half of the semester. The final exam will be held during the exam period, and will be a closed-book, multiple-choice exam.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week
All students are expected to actively participate in tutorials and in online forum discussions during the module.
! All students are expected to read and respond to email
sent to their NUS email accounts
This module makes heavy use of IVLE forums to answer questions, support discussions, and make important update announcements. Postings to the module forum are forwarded to NUS email accounts – and those are the accounts we will use if we need to contact students directly.
If students do not check/read mail sent to their NUS email accounts, the consequences may result in lower marks. In particular, students are like to be penalized if they do not respond promptly if we send them email (to their NUS email address). We cannot make exceptions and use other email accounts to contact students.
Note: it is possible to have your NUS email “forwarded” to another email account. To do this, go to
and click on the link for Email Redirection (bottom, left-hand side of the page). Then, follow the instructions.
Please be aware: students need to be responsible for their NUS email accounts. If a student does not read/delete mail from an NUS account (or have it forwarded to another account), the account may “fill up” and mail to the account may bounce. This means: even though a student may be able to send mails from the account, our replies to that account will not get through.
To be very clear: “I don’t read emails sent to my NUS account” will not be an acceptable reason for missing important module announcements, updates, etc.
Academic Integrity is a critical value of the university community and integrity violations destroy the fabric of a learning community and the spirit of inquiry that is vital to the effectiveness of the University. Please find more information on Academic Integrity of FASS at
Students are expected to know that using the work of others without proper attribution (e.g. without citing the work properly) constitutes plagiarism
. Even when a student paraphrases another person’s work, proper citations are necessary to avoid plagiarism.
FASS offers a small e-course in plagiarism. See
Students caught plagiarising will receive a zero in their assignments and will be referred to the Deans office. Second offenders can face a fine and other disciplinary actions. So students should be sure to acknowledge any sources or material they use in their assignments!