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COMP 7022 - Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the field of computing concerned with the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive technology. In this foundation course students learn and apply HCI heuristics and principles to software development. Students will learn to analyze the context of interaction, identify the users' needs based on a user-centred approach, conduct usability studies, and design, implement and test effective and usable interfaces. Part of this course, students will develop an application related to their interests applying the capabilities of computer technology and the needs of human factors.


COMP 7082



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the HCI heuristic and principles.
  • Define universal usability, universal design, and the user-centered design process.
  • Explain how the user interfaces and interaction affect usability.
  • Apply cognitive models to the design of user interfaces.
  • Perform task analysis, including qualitative aspects of generating task analytic models.
  • Classify usability performance and preference metrics: learning, task time, task completion, effectiveness, and user satisfaction.
  • Describe common usability guidelines and standards.
  • Design interaction that effectively employ localization and globalization technologies and effectively relate to users' characteristics (i.e., age, education, cultural differences, disabilities, etc.).
  • Design, implement and test a software application following iterative steps: low-fidelity prototype, medium-fidelity prototype and high-fidelity prototype.
  • Create and conduct usability tests for the designed software application.
  • At each iteration evaluate the software application with respect to usability.
  • Measure the application's usability from performance and preference metrics.
  • Incorporate the usability evaluation results into iterated designs.

Effective as of Winter 2021

Related Programs

COMP 7022 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Computer Systems (Database Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  2. Computer Systems (Human Computer Interface Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  3. Computer Systems (Network Security Administration Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  4. Computer Systems (Network Security Applications Development Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  5. Computer Systems (Wireless and Mobile Applications Development Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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