Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the fundamentals of interaction design, examining the structures, content and behaviours of interactive systems with a focus on user experience. Students learn how interactive design elements can be arranged to optimise people’s experiences of interactive media including games, apps and websites.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN2041. Students who have successfully completed DESN2041 are not eligible to enrol in DESN1600.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Implement theories of Human Centred Design (HCD) and User Experience (UX)

2. Investigate the relationships between interactive media and user experiences via the user interface

3. Implement industry standard processes such as flowcharts, wireframes, screen flows

4. Design logical Information Architecture (IA) and navigation structures

5. Design user interfaces for a variety of interactive media artefacts


  • Content, Information Architecture (IA) and User Interaction (UI) design
  • Human Centred Design (HCD) & User Experience (UX),
  • Interaction Design Processes
  • Personas and user case scenarios
  • Navigation design and User Interface Design 


This course replaces DESN2041. If you have successfully completed DESN2041 you cannot enrol in DESN1600 or DESN1610.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study 30%

Presentation: Presentation 20%

Project: Project 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Weeks 1,2,7,8


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 3

Weeks 3-6 and Weeks 9-12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.