ITC504 Interface Useability (8)

This subject provides an advanced study of Interface Design and Evaluation. The subject will look at various contexts that affect interface design and will employ both design and usability principles to evaluate and design interfaces. It includes the creation of usability testing strategies to ensure that both the design and usability requirements are met as well as the evaluation of test results.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC504. 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

Only available to postgraduate students
Not available to students who have completed ITC204

Assumed Knowledge

Programming knowledge similar to the level covered in ITC558.

Subject Relationships

ITC204 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the relevance of integrating aspects of the human, social and organisational context into the design process;
  • be able to demonstrate and articulate the importance of the principles of design that are applicable to the design of an interface;
  • be able to evaluate the effective usability of an interface and recommend changes to improve its usability;
  • be able to design a user interface to meet a given set of requirements;
  • be able to design a usability strategy to ensure that an interface meets its usability goals; and
  • 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
  • Understanding the cognitive framework of interaction with an interface
  • Capturing, developing and understanding user requirements
  • Principles of interface design
  • Principles of interface usability
  • Design of interface evaluation
  • Use of input and output devices, interactive styles and relevance to context and requirements
  • Design and evaluation of online support

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC504 in Session 2 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 %
Initial design concepts
Initial design
Peer review and usability evaluation
Working prototype
Mobile application

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.