HITD602-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Human Interface Technology - Design and Evaluation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


The Human Interface Technology - Design and Evaluation course covers the aesthetic design of user interfaces, along with common evaluation methods used to assess them. Students will learn how to conduct statistical analyses for user interface evaluation. Individual as well as work in teams will be required to complete assignments. This course consists of lectures and assignments. Familiarity with basic statistical methods is recommended.

In an interactive way, this course covers topics such as:

• What is Human Interface Design?
• What is the relationship between aesthetics, function and user experience?
• What are the major design principles for technologically mediated experiences, such as VR, AR, AIG and HRI?
• What are typical interface design processes for VR, AR, AIG and HRI?
• What is an ‘effective’ structure and composition of a user interface?
• How does one go about evaluating design and experiences?
• When and how should we employ qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation methods?

Individual as well as work in teams will be required to complete assignments. This course consists of interactive lectures and assignments.


This course includes interactive lectures and workshops that take place in the HIT Lab NZ at UC. Students will explore and discuss the topics, and work towards identifying practical, creative approaches to solutions of formulated problems. In this problem-based, constructive learning approach, students will get to know various fields of human interaction technology design, useful for their research-based thesis work following the courses.

The topics of HITD602 are well aligned with the content of HITD603. Both courses complement each other and provide students with foundational knowledge and practical skills to prepare and conduct their thesis projects.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


Subject to Approval of the College of Engineering Dean (Academic)



Course Coordinator

Rob Lindeman

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Sauro, Jeff; Lewis, James; Quantifying the User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research ; Second; Morgan Kaufmann, 2016 (Chapter 1-5).

Tullis, Tom , Albert, Bill; Measuring the user experience : collecting, analyzing, and presenting usability metrics ; Second edition; Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann, 2013.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

All design assignments will contribute equally to the final design grade. The design grade contributes half of the final course grade. The evaluation assignments that are being graded are marked with a G. The relative weights for the evaluation assignments are:

   Conduct a usability study (G) 20%
   Presentation of your usability study (G) 20%
   Statistics Quiz (G) 5%
   Statistics Sheet (G) Assignment 5%
   Interactive Prototype (G) Assignment 20%
   Instruction Video (G) Assignment 10%
   Usability Test Of Your Prototype (G) Assignment 20%

Other specific requirements

This course is target at with diverse backgrounds. Students that are not familiar with the research methods and statistics used in Psychology must read chapter 2-4 of the book Research Methods In Human-Computer Interaction by by Lazar, Jonathan, Feng, Jinjuan Heidi, Hochheiser, Harry.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,133.00

* 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.

Fees Note

Scholarships are available that will cover the course fees. Please contact the course coordinator.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 25

For further information see Human Interface Technology Laboratory .

All HITD602 Occurrences

  • HITD602-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022