ITC204 Human Computer Interaction (8)

This subject introduces the Human Computer Interface (HCI) discipline and the design of usable interfaces for computer applications. The subject looks at how to gather user requirements and employ the principles of design in order to successfully develop interfaces that meet those requirements. It includes the evaluation of interfaces for usability using techniques derived from the principles.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Sydney

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC204. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to undergraduate students only.


Assumed Knowledge

Background knowledge similar to ITC106 or ITC211

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explain the importance of the principles of design in relation to the design of an interface;
  • be able to evaluate an interface to determine its effective usability and identify enhancements for improvement;
  • be able to design a user interface to meet a given set of requirements;
  • be able to design a set of appropriate usability tests for a given interface;
  • be able to interpret and evaluate usability testing results to plan interface improvements.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Components of human computer interaction.
  • Capturing user requirements.
  • Principles of user interface design.
  • Principles of interface usability.
  • Design of interface evaluation.
  • Use of input and output devices, interactive styles andrelevance to context and requirements.
  • Design of online support.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC204 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Design concept
Initial design
Design evaluation
Working prototype
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.