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KXH241 User Interface Design

KXH241 covers a broad area of human interface technology design, including both software and hardware aspects. Since the beginning, humans have built tools to extend their bodies and minds. The modern age provides unprecedented access to technology that can manipulate digital bits and atoms. But in order to realize and exploit the technology of our age, new tools need to be developed that match the capabilities of the machine with the capabilities of the human. This match requires an understanding of both human and machine processes and especially the tasks that together, the human and machine, intend to accomplish.

The purpose of this unit is to provide the student with the knowledge and tools to design interfaces to advanced systems, such as those associated with virtual and augmented reality. The unit is a combination of lectures and group work experiences designing user interfaces to advanced media technologies, including visual, acoustic, and haptic modalities.

This is a second level unit within the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Major and Diploma of Creative Media Technology courses within the HIT Lab Australia. Our undergraduate units are instructional companions to the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in Australia. This Laboratory is linked to the HIT Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA and the HIT Lab NZ, located at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ and will promote the development of advanced human interfaces and media technologies.

Concepts and Unit Elements

Introduction to Unit
Project Development Tools
Interface Prototyping Tools
Interface Input Design
Interface Output Design
Application Design
Develop Prototypes
Virtual Reality Interface Design
Augmented Reality Interface Design
Re-Engineering and Improvement
Advanced Design Methods
Future of Human Interface Technology

(this unit is first being offered in Feb 2010 )

Prerequisites: None

Teaching Delivery Method: 2 hours of lectures and 2-hour laboratory work weekly, or equivalent

Delivery Staff: Winyu Chinthammit

Assessment: Assignments (50%) and 2-hour examination (50%)

Key Semester Dates and timetables: UTAS Courses and Unit detail page

Updated April 11th 2010