Human-Computer Interaction (SIT) SIT4045

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to advanced topics in Human-Computer Interaction. It focuses on multimodal interaction, novel forms in interaction, users with different abilities and collaborative media.


3 hours per week.

Requirements of Entry

Interactive Systems (SIT)

Excluded Courses





Examination (80%); Coursework: (20%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will bring depth and breadth to the material covered in Interactive Systems. Human-Computer Interaction is moving away from desktops operated by one person using a keyboard and mouse. They are now used collaboratively for social activities and games. They are used in many different ways, for example, using audio, haptic or gestural interaction and they are used by many different people, with different skills and abilities. The aim of Human-Computer Interaction will be to equip our students with skills to design for this broad use of technology and also to feed into Mobile Human-Computer Interaction, which will concentrate on mobility.

The aim of this course is to give the students an overview of advanced topics in Human-Computer Interaction, covering the key areas of multimodal interaction, novel interaction techniques, interactions for users with different abilities and collaborative media. These are all key issues for designing future interactive systems. There will also be a significant piece of coursework where the students will have to design, implement and test a multimodal interactive application. This will give them valuable experience in developing using these new forms of interaction.  A further aim is to enable students to assess the potential of new interaction techniques to solve interaction challenges.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the main issues and the key concepts in developing novel multimodal interfaces, and have experience designing with the different modalities;

2. Identify the issues users with different abilities face when interacting with technology, and have some experience of designing interactions for the different groups;

3. Explain the core aspects of collaborative media;

4. Design, develop and evaluate a significant piece of interactive software embodying the key aspects of the course.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.