School of Computer Science

MSc Human-Computer Interaction - 2017

Final Award MSc
Interim Award PGCert/PGDip
Programme TitleHuman-Computer Interaction
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code9151
Length of Programme1 years
Total Credits180
UCAS CodeNone
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • To produce Masters level graduates who have a sound understanding of the core concepts and techniques of HCI and who are well equipped to move into either high level technical employment or to embark on a research career.
  • Graduates will have both theoretical and practical understanding of the research tools and methods of HCI. They will have an understanding of the psychology of the user. They will also have and be able to apply the necessary technical skills.
  • The programme will re-enforce students' transferable skills through the research skills module and through project work.

Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Principles of HCI, usability and user experience, designing, building and evaluating interactive systems.
  • The psychology of the user, the social context of design, and the potentials and issues of next-generation interactive systems.
  • Research tools and methods used in HCI.

Skills & Other Attributes

  • Practical experience in HCI: usability and user experience, designing, building and evaluating interactive systems.
  • Applying knowledge of the psychology of the user, the social context of design, and the potentials and issues of next-generation interactive systems.
  • Selecting and using research tools and methods used in HCI.

Transferable Skills

Footnotes

  • Optional Modules: Not all options may be available in any particular year. Some option combinations are only available if the timetable permits. As students may have to make preliminary option choices before timetables are available, changes may be needed later if there are clashes. In selecting options, students need to pay attention to pre- and co-requisites.
  • Programme Approval: Students' individual programmes of study must be approved by the Programme Director (as the nominee of the Head of School).
  • Project: Project topics must be approved by the Programme Director as being appropriate to the Aims and Learning Outcomes of the programme.
  • Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.