BEHV 1025 Usable Design

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102716

Coordinator John Cass Opens in new window

Description This subject examines the psychological principles underlying users' experience of design. After introducing fundamental principles of human perception and cognition, we will explore the way these principles shape the experience of users when interacting with a designed product. The subject will also introduce the experimental approaches used to study perceptual and cognitive processes, focussing on critical evaluation of design principles and highlighting techniques relevant to user experience evaluation.

School Psychology

Discipline Behavioural Science, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the principles of human visual perception and cognition relevant to user experience design.
  2. Explain key experimental techniques used in perceptual and cognitive science.
  3. Identify perceptual and cognitive principles relevant to the design of existing websites and applications.
  4. Evaluate design utility based on perceptual and cognitive principles underlying user experience.
  5. Write a design report, using APA style and formatting.

Subject Content

Introduction: This topic will introduce the design principles used in a range of design contexts. It will focus on ?escreen based?f design and touch on other areas of design.
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The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study 1,500 words 40 N Individual
Log/Workbook 5 x 100 words = 500 words in total 25 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 35 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Johnson, J. (2020). Designing with the mind in mind. (3rd ed.). Morgan Kaufmann, Waltham MA, USA. ISBN 978-0128182024
  • Johnson, J. (2014). Designing with the mind in mind. (2nd ed.). Morgan Kaufmann, Waltham MA, USA. ISBN 978-0-12-407914-4

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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