BTH545 - Principles of GUI Design and Programming

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Subject Title
Principles of GUI Design and Programming

Subject Description
For any interactive system, the user's convenience depends largely on the ease of use of the interface, and its visual impact. In this course, students learn the User-Centred Design (UCD) process for software development. Through labs and assignments, students explore the fundamentals of cognition, the steps in conducting user research, and prototyping techniques. The rudiments of visual design, the importance design principles and design guidelines, and the impact on users of fonts, colours, and other elements of screen displays in human-computer interaction are also introduced.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Honours Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Explain the design implications of cognitive aspects to user interfaces.
  • Connect usability and user experience goals to the design of user interfaces.
  • Demonstrate the applicability of the User-Centred Design (UCD) process to software development.
  • Create personas based on identifiable user needs, goals, and characteristics.
  • Generate user interface requirements and workflows using information from task descriptions.
  • Create user interface mock-ups from user needs and task descriptions.
  • Apply design guidelines and design principles to the layout of user interfaces.
  • Explain how customization design rules are applied to achieve universal usability.
  • Apply heuristics evaluation rules to criticize the design of user interfaces.

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