F21AD Advanced Interaction Design

Prof. Lynne BaillieDr Abrar Ullah

Course co-ordinator(s): Prof. Lynne Baillie (Edinburgh), Dr Abrar Ullah (Dubai).


The course aims to give students the opportunity to develop:

  • An extensive, detailed and critical knowledge of requirements gathering, design and evaluation techniques in interaction design.
  • An awareness of current research and emerging issues in the field of interaction design.
  • A range of specialised skills, and research methods involved in working with users.

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisite course(s): F27ID Introduction to Interaction Design or equivalent.

Location: Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 2.


Current and emerging topics in Interaction Design including: user demographics, patterns in technology adoption, interaction design lifecycles, user interface design patterns, prototyping methods, a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis techniques, accessibility, and a range of research case studies covering cutting edge issues in the field.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

Students will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Review, critically analyse, evaluate, and synthesise of previous research projects in the field of interaction design
  • Identify and propose innovative solutions in response to analysis of users’ requirements.
  • Make informed judgements about appropriate methodologies for developing and evaluating technologies suitable for user demographics and background experience.

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

Students will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Use discipline appropriate software for data analysis, prototyping and learning.
  • Present, analyse and interpret numerical and graphical data gathered as part of evaluation studies.
  • Communicate effectively to knowledgeable audiences by preparing formal and informal presentations and written reports.
  • Exercise autonomy and initiative by planning and managing their own work; develop strategies for independently solving problems and taking the initiative.
  • Take responsibility for their own and other’s work by contributing effectively and conscientiously to the work of a group, actively maintaining good working relationships with group members, and leading the direction of the group where appropriate.
  • Reflect on roles and responsibilities by critically reflecting on their own and others’ roles and responsibilities.
  • Deal with complex professional and ethical issues including working with human subjects and wider issues relating to technology in society

Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 11.

Credits: 15.