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Fundamentals of Interaction Design (INFO10003)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeINFO10003
Semester 2
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How do you design interactive technologies that are useful, usable and satisfying? How can we better understand user needs in order to inform the design of new technologies? Fundamentals of Interaction Design addresses these questions, and students will learn about the key theories, concepts and industry methods that are crucial to the user-centred design process.


  • Theoretical foundations of Interaction Design
  • Design principles and heuristics
  • Usability and user experience
  • Methods for understanding user needs (e.g., contextual inquiry, ethnography, interviews)
  • Interview data analysis
  • Techniques for communicating context of use (e.g., scenarios, personas, and rich pictures)
  • Prototyping and visual design
  • Interfaces and platforms of interactive technologies

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Define and distinguish between the different types of user interface
  2. Exploit cognitive and social factors that make interactive software usable
  3. Apply key design principles and guidelines that assist user interface designers, and understand the limitations of such guidelines
  4. Apply techniques of Interaction Design / User-Centred Design across the development lifecycle
  5. Understand theoretical approaches and methods for identifying user requirements
  6. Understand the ethics of working with and employing ICTs in society

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to review and research a problem domain
  • The capacity to solve problems, including the collection and evaluation of information
  • The ability to communicate designs and design thinking
  • The capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection
  • Team work skills
  • Written and oral presentation skills
  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship
  • An expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, and the capacity to do so.

Last updated: 10 August 2019