BSc Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Experience

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
User Experience

Course unit fact file
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. The unit is not intended to be a comprehensive treaties of the subject - indeed this could be accomplished in such a short space of time - however, it will provide the basis for the students future study within the domain.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Software Engineering 1 COMP23311 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Software Engineering 2 COMP23412 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Students who are not from the Department 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 students to read the notes and watch the videos before the seminar, and then in the seminar we discuss the topics covered in the material as well as problems you are having etc. There are videos available for asynchronous study (as part of blended learning). 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. 

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 seminars involve one lecturer led seminar (I guide the study) and one student led seminar (you guide the study).
 

 

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Innovation/creativity
Problem solving
Research
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

Feedback is via face to face communications, written feedback for coursework assignments

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 1
Lectures 11
Practical classes & workshops 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 77

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 and the course unit Blackboard page

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