F27ID Introduction to Interaction Design

Ben Kenwright

Course co-ordinator(s): Ben Kenwright (Edinburgh), Dr Abrar Ullah (Dubai).


The course aims to give students the opportunity to develop:
• A broad knowledge and understanding of requirements gathering, design theory and techniques in interaction design.
• An introduction to commonly used design techniques and pattern for user interfaces.
• A selection of routine skills and methods involved in working with users.

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisites: none.

Location: ALP, Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 1.


Current topics in Interaction Design including: interaction design lifecycles, user interface design patterns, problem spaces, conceptual models, prototyping, user requirements, user experience, and accessibility.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Students will develop skills in the following areas:
• Critically analyse interaction design and interfaces.
• Propose solutions in response to interface design problems
• Evaluate the effectiveness of user interfaces with respect to user requirements

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

• To raise awareness of the legal and ethical responsibilities within the discipline
• To appreciate and enjoy the challenges of creative work (PDP)
• To present solutions to design challenges in the subject area (PDP)
• To take responsibility for one's own learning and managing workload (PDP)
• For students to appreciate their own strengths and weaknesses, and what is possible within time constraints (PDP)
• To develop experience and skills in giving and receiving constructive criticism (PDP)
To develop skills in written, oral and media based communication (PDP)

Assessment Methods:

Edinburgh and Dubai
Assessment: Examination: (weighting – 60%) Coursework: (weighting – 40%)

Reassessment: Examination: (weighting – 100%)

Assessment: Examination: (weighting – 100%)

Re-assessment: Examination: (weighting – 100%)

SCQF Level: 7.

Credits: 15.