MEng Software Engineering

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
User Experience

Unit code COMP33511
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The aim of this course is to give you, the student, the tools, techniques, and the mindset necessary to competently approach your first user testing and user experience job. The course is designed from a practical perspective and will enable you to take a junior role in a user experience department, or usability company, and will provide you with the overall knowledge to communicate with others and make sensible suggestions regarding UX work. Further, it will provide you with a basis for future self study within the UX domain or the wider human factors world.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Software Engineering COMP23420 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Software Engineering 2 COMP23412 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Software Engineering 1 COMP23311 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Students who are not from the School of Computer Science must have permission from both Computer Science and their home School to enrol.

Pre-requisites

To enrol students are required to have taken COMP23311 (Software Engineering 1) and COMP23412 (Software Engineering 2) or a demonstrable equivalent.

Aims

The aim of the unit is to give the student: tools, techniques, and the mindset necessary to competently approach their first user testing and user experience job. The unit is designed from a practical perspective and will enable the student to take up a junior role in a user experience department, or usability company, and provide them with the overview knowledge to communicate with others and make sensible suggestions regarding UX work. The unit is not intended to be a comprehensive treaties of the subject - indeed this could not be accomplished in such a short space of time - however, it will provide the basis for the students future study within the domain.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe aspects of user interaction and cognition as they relate to UX.

  • Explain the role and importance of Standards, Technologies, and Guidelines in the UX process.

  • Describe methods including experiment design, application, and the ethical process

  • Select and apply appropriate methods for analysing a design

  • Select and apply the relevant descriptive statistical tests associated with UX Engineering;

  • Analyse and critique UX work, experimental studies, and computer interfaces

  • Analyse problems associated with different designs and suggests solutions for their resolution.

Syllabus

The unit comprises twenty-one teaching sessions with one extra for the covering of revision topics. Students will be expect to devote further time for their own study and for the completion of their coursework. The twenty-one traditional lectures will be interspersed with four discussion lectures in which the material for the coursework will be discussed. The majority of this material will be covered by directed reading followed by discussion. Coursework work will take the form of a critique of the students previous Software Engineering HCI focused work, along with 3 x 250 word discussions of key UX topics.

Teaching and learning methods

COMP33511 runs as a 'flipped classroom' in that I expect you to read the notes before the lecture, and then in the lecture we discuss the topics covered in the notes as well as possible exam questions, problems you are having etc. There are videos of our discussions to refer to afterwards. My primary expectation is that you will talk to me, interact, ask questions, and challenge me if you think I'm wrong; in general be interested. Anybody interested will be able to understand this course and only by understanding will you be able to pass your exams.

Assessment is via both coursework and examination. Coursework comprises three short assignments (reading and a 250 word report each) worth 30% total (3 x 10%). The exam is therefore worth 70% and comprises ten multiple choice questions and five longer questions. Both coursework and exam are completed by electronic assessment and test (currently the Blackboard system) and all parts are compulsory.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Innovation/creativity
Problem solving
Research
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback is via face to face communications, written feedback for coursework assignments, and for informal discussions twitter.

Recommended reading

COMP33511 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 74

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simon Harper Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

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