Core Module Information
Module title: Designing the Visual Interface

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSI09103
Module leader: Fiona Stewart
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics

a working understanding of HTML5 and CSS

Description of module content:

This module will give you a critical understanding of the challenges involved in designing the visual interface for contemporary digital technology. You will develop a deeper understanding of the user experience building on knowledge gained in your earlier studies.

Multidisciplinary in approach the module is fine balance between theory and practice. You will also gain key skills in developing a Literature Review which will prepare you for your Honours project

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Design and develop a responsive interface for use within mobile and web technologies
LO2: Demonstrate critical awareness of the psychology of use and interaction with the Visual Interface
LO3: Critically evaluate psychological features (e.g. surprise, empathy, trust) of digital interface design.
LO4: Develop a Literature Review appropriate for an Honours Project

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona Stewart
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
This module will be primarily delivered face-to-face, supported by student centred activities and resources on the VLE.
Twelve 2 hour lectures including in-lecture activities will be timetabled in classrooms. (LOs 1, 2, 3,4)
Twelve 2 hour practical classes which will be split between classrooms and computer labs as required. (LOs 1,2,3,4)
The remainder of learning activities will comprise the reading and analysis of specified materials.
A variety of online resources will be made available to match the diversity of learning styles, e.g. reading materials, links to online resources, discussions.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be an integral part of the practical sessions throughout the module. Drop-in sessions will be offered to provide early feedback on the essay assessment.

Summative Assessment:
There will be two summative assessments.
The first will require the design and development of a visual interface including an associated design report. . This will examine LOs 1,2,3.
The second assessment is a literature review. Students will be asked to research and report on topics central to the module, supplementing the course materials with their own findings from relevant literature. This will examine LOs 2,3,4. The essay topics will be made available to the students no later than week 5.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 60 1,2,3 10 HOURS= 60.00
Essay 40 2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CSI09103 Designing the Visual Interface