Singapore University of Social Sciences

User Centred Design for Interactive Systems

User Centred Design for Interactive Systems (HFS306)


This course equips students with the fundamental principles of designing systems that takes into consideration the cognitive capabilities and limitations of people, as well as their physical and emotional needs. The course covers the more traditional concepts of human-computer interaction, such as requirement analysis, usability design principles guidelines and user evaluation methods, as well as contemporary issues in user centred design such as emotion and persuasive design and user experience design. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills to deal with issues, topics, and methods in designing interactive systems that supports human activity at work and play.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • History of Interaction Design: From Functionality to User Experience Design
  • Cognitive Theories for Interaction Design
  • User Needs and Requirement Analysis
  • User Centred Design Process
  • Interface Types
  • User Centred Design Principles
  • Interactive Design Patterns and Guidelines
  • Pleasurable and Persuasive Design
  • Prototyping Methods
  • Usability Evaluation Methods
  • Designing for Special Populations
  • Contemporary Issues in Interactive and Experience Design

Learning Outcome

  • Describe what interaction design is and how to conceptualize interaction.
  • Explain what cognition is and why it is important for interaction design.
  • Illustrate how different data gathering techniques are used for requirements analysis.
  • Evaluate appropriateness of interface types and models and design concepts.
  • Use of design principles and usability guidelines in user centred design.
  • Apply appropriate methods of systems evaluation.
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