SWEN422 (2024) - Human Computer Interaction


This course covers principles of human-computer interaction that underlie good design of software user interfaces. Advanced topics are introduced with a focus on current research areas.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course will be able to:

  1. Place research on HCI in the context of previous research and contemporary issues.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of key HCI challenges (both technical and ethical) in the use of information visualisation, digital exchange systems, and Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality.
  3. Develop a software system that utilises information visualisation techniques.
  4. Utilise user-testing techniques to evaluate a software system's user interface, designing such user-testing to take into account statistical, ethical and reproducibility/replicability considerations.

Course content

We’ve designed this course for in-person study, and to get the most of out it we strongly recommend you attend lectures on campus. Most assessment items, as well as tutorials/seminars/labs/workshops will only be available in person. Any exceptions for in-person attendance for assessment will be looked at on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances, e.g., through disability services or by approval by the course coordinator.
If you started your programme of study remotely and can only study remotely, please contact the School so we can help and confirm what courses are available.

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Dr Craig Anslow (Coordinator)

Dr Jennifer Ferreira

There will be some guest lecturers which we are waiting for confirmation on their availabilty.

Teaching Format

This course will be offered in-person and online.  For students in Wellington, there will be in-person lectures which will be live streamed and recorded, as well as online videos and reading material. It will be possible to take the course entirely online for those who cannot attend on campus, with all the components provided in-person also made available online.

Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 26 February 2024 - 31 May 2024
  • Break: 01 April 2024 - 14 April 2024
  • Study period: 03 June 2024 - 06 June 2024
  • Exam period: 07 June 2024 - 22 June 2024

Class Times and Room Numbers

26 February 2024 - 24 March 2024

  • Friday 10:00 - 10:50 – LT220, Murphy, Kelburn
26 February 2024 - 31 March 2024

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 10:50 – LT220, Murphy, Kelburn
15 April 2024 - 02 June 2024

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 10:50 – LT220, Murphy, Kelburn
  • Friday 10:00 - 10:50 – LT220, Murphy, Kelburn

Other Classes

Online interaction is an important part of the course and students are expected to work together online during the Trimester.


There are no required texts for this offering.

There are recommeded readings see Reading List: https://rl.talis.com/3/victoria/lists/A32F1044-200F-0DEC-0197-B623BE306737.html

Mandatory Course Requirements

There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


This course will be assessed through the following:

  • Assignment 1: Individual Report
  • Assignment 2: Essay
  • Assignment 3: Group Project

While there is significant group work in the course, the large majority of assessment will be based on individual contributions and critical reflections.

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
A1: Individual reportend of week 5CLO: 1,2,330%
A2: Essayend of week 10CLO: 1,2,335%
A3: Group ProjectAssessment periodCLO: 1,2,3,435%


The penalty for late work will be 10% shrinking cap per day after the due date, unless there has been prior negotiation. Shrinking cap reduces maximum mark per day so after 3 days the maximum mark is 70%(B) but C+ work will receive a C+ grade.


Request for extensions must be submitted before the assessment deadline. A medical certificate may be requested for long medical-based extensions.

Submission & Return

All software assets and documents for the deliverables must be submitted via the School's online submission system, accessible through the course web pages. Marks and comments will be returned through the ECS marking system, also available through the course web pages.

Group Work

There is one group project in the course. In this assignment, 25% of the mark will be a group mark awarded to all contributing students. The other 75% of the mark will be an individual mark awarded based on the contribution and critical reflection demonstrated by the student.


In order to maintain satisfactory progress in SWEN 422, you should plan to spend an average of 10 hours per week on this paper. A plausible and approximate breakdown for these hours would be:

  • Lectures: 2
  • Readings: 2
  • Assignments: 6

Teaching Plan

See: https://ecs.wgtn.ac.nz/Courses/SWEN422_2024T1/LectureSchedule

Communication of Additional Information

All online material for this course can be accessed at https://ecs.wgtn.ac.nz/Courses/SWEN422_2024T1/

Offering CRN: 18662

Points: 15
Prerequisites: one of (COMP 313, SWEN 303, 325).
Duration: 26 February 2024 - 23 June 2024
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn