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Human Factors in Information Technology (ICT612)
|Organisational Unit||Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||Covers the human factors (HCI) aspects of Information Technology at four levels: individuals, groups, national and international. Discusses methods of design and evaluation used to produce efficient, effective and satisfying user interfaces, multimedia products and websites. Also considers the various forms of computer-mediated communication, groupware, virtual reality, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and mobile technologies. Relates theoretical concepts to practical techniques within a fair socio-technical context.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||ULO1. Demonstrate the ability to understand basic concepts and theories of human factors as it relates to information technology.
ULO2. Demonstrate the ability to formulate a creative design project.
ULO3. Demonstrate the ability to lead and participate in critical seminars on research papers.
ULO4. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse one's own and other's ideas.
ULO5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate the project outcome as a written report in a rigorous and scientific manner.
ULO6. Demonstrate the ability to orally communicate the project to an audience in a professional manner.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures/workshops: 3 hours per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit is designed to train you in the thinking, critical and creative skills that are essential for today's IT professional. In our weekly sessions, we will discuss key matters of importance in the complex business of how humans and machines interact. At the same time, we will have detailed discussions of selected research papers on the topics, designed to engage you with the literature.
Since it is particularly important for IT professionals to look ahead to coming developments, the unit has a future orientation, particularly in the project which invites you to design a futuristic, yet practical, IT product or service.
|Assessment||The assessment consists of a participation rating based on contributions to the weekly seminars; a project presentation; a project report; and a final examination.|
|Prerequisites||Enrolment in a graduate-level IT course.|
|Notes||Each weekly 3-hour session is spent as follows. The first hour consists of a lecture outlining important conceptual issues, theories and case studies. The second hour consists of a scholarly skills workshop, designed to equip students with a range of seminar, analysis, critical thinking, research and presentation skills. The third hour consists of a reading group, in which one or more students summarise and lead a discussion about selected papers of interest on the unit topics.|
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|