COSC439-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


Special Topic


Course Description:
This course will provide an introduction to emerging technologies and user interfaces, specifically exploring the design of user interfaces for wearables, robotics, and tangibles. The course will explore understanding potential users, societal issues, and human factors for deploying and introducing emerging technologies such as robotics and wearables. We will also explore potential applications and how to establish them for new and emerging technologies that are not yet validated to be commercially viable.

In this course, we will also investigate how to design, develop, and evaluate the next generation of emerging technologies and their user interfaces. Specifically, we will focus on the design, prototype, and evaluation of physical user interfaces for wearables, robotics, and tangibles.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Students will have a theoretical understanding of what emerging technologies are (e.g., robotics and wearables), users and societal issues of adopting new technologies, and the impact of potential application areas.

  • Students will understand how new technologies such as robotics and wearables could impact industry and society in the near future (e.g., what does the technological landscape look like in 5-10 years.)

  • Students will gain practical experience in the labs to advance their understanding of how to design and prototype physical user interfaces with digital fabrication tools and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software.

  • Students will be able to understand the processes for identifying and establishing application areas for emerging technologies.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 339 Computer Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Timetable Note

Please note that the course activity times advertised here are currently in draft form, to be finalised at the end of January for S1 and whole year courses, and at the end of June for S2 courses.

Please hold off enquiries about these times until those finalisation dates.

Course Coordinator

Aluna Everitt

Additional Course Outline Information


COSC 368 – students need to have a foundational understanding of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) as a subject area as well as some understanding of qualitative and quantitative methodologies

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,110.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All COSC439 Occurrences

  • COSC439-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024