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MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies

University of York

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The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies course is being offered as a full-time MSc, running for 12 months from October. The first half of the course is taken up by taught modules. Each of the MSc HCIT modules comprise a mixture of lectures, problem classes and practical classes plus a significant amount of personal study time. In the second half of the course, students undertake an individual research project, under the supervision of a member of staff. The course has two key aspects: 1. Emphasis on the sound theoretical basis for the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. This is primarily seen in the modules Understanding Users, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Advanced Topics in Interactive Technologies. 2. Research methods to provide a sound empirical basis for the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. There are three taught modules on research methods: Quanititative Methods, Qualitative Methods and Advanced Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction. These courses give students a thorough grounding in the empirical methods that can be used to support the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. Course aims ? to provide a specialist education in the theories of and methods for designing and evaluating interactive technologies ? to provide a specialist education in the range of current research and practical topics of designing and evaluating interactive technologies ? to provide practical experience (through practical work and the project) of designing and evaluating interactive technologies Learning outcomes A fundamental objective of the programme is to provide students with a sound theoretical knowledge and practical experience of the skills essential to the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. In particular, having completed the programme students will be able to understand theories of the design of interactive technologies and critique individual technologies from a theoretical viewpoint (a) choose appropriate methods for empirical investigations for the design, prototyping and evaluation of interactive technologies, including both quantitative and qualitative methods (b) plan and undertake a range of empirical investigations of existing or proposed interactive technologies at all stages of the development lifecycle, (c) analyse, draw conclusions from and present the results of such investigations and (d) conduct a range of expert and theoretical analyses of interactive technologies to investigate their usability, accessibility and appropriateness for different user groups. For more detailed information please visit the Department of Computer Science website at http:www.cs.york.ac.ukpostgraduate.

The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies course is being offered as a full-time MSc, running for 12 months from October. The first half of the course is taken up by taught modules. Each of the MSc HCIT modules comprise a mixture of lectures, problem classes and practical classes plus a significant amount of personal study time. In the second half of the course, students undertake an...

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