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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMP2542 Graphical User Interfaces

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Nick Efford

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16


COMP1551Core Programming

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On the completion of the module, students should be able to:
- appreciate the role of usability and user experience in interactive computer applications;
- understand the foundations of designing interactive systems;
- understand the structure of user interface toolkits;
- implement graphical applications using a user interface toolkit;
- design for effective human-computer interaction;
- develop low-fidelity prototypes for human-computer interfaces;
- implement simple applications for a mobile device.

Learning outcomes
Ability to design and implement effective graphical user interfaces.

Skills outcomes
- Software development;
- Design.


- Human constraints on user interactions;
- Physical & cognitive limits of human sensory apparatus;
- Interactive systems architectures; usability and user experience;
- Understanding problem space;
- Generic design principles;
- Cognitive, social and emotional aspects.

- Computer representation of images;
- Colour representations;
- Desktop graphics;
- Event loops and user interaction;
- Desktop user interface toolkits (e.g. Qt);
- Mobile interface toolkits (e.g. Android / iOS).

- Process of interaction design;
- Techniques for establishing requirements, design, prototyping and evaluation of interfaces.
- A major piece of design work as practical.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Private study hours131.00
Total Contact hours69.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance and assessment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

This module is re-assessed by exam only.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins0.00
Open Book exam3 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

This module is re-assessed by exam only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/11/2015


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