Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course develops student skills and knowledge to design interactive experiences for screen-based outputs. Visual design, navigation design and prototyping, alongside user testing are used to design successful user experiences. Different screen types and devices are examined to identify the most appropriate output platform for an interactive project, taking into consideration functionality and target audience. Students will also learn how heuristics and best practices in usability inform the implementation of user friendly design.

Student projects may involve work integrated or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group/collaborative projects; speculative or more theoretically oriented projects; professionally oriented projects; projects based on competition or award briefs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Conceive and design a paper prototype for an interactive project;

2. Evaluate user experiences and requirements to inform design decisions;

3. Create a working digital proof of concept prototype for a specified user group using industry standard software;

4. Design user interfaces across interactive platforms that are user friendly and are informed by usability heuristics;

5. Test and iterate on designs;

6. Collaborate effectively as part of a team.


  • Visual design considerations such as layout, colour palettes for screen, typography for screen, resolution, optimisation and image treatment
  • UI Design for different screen sizes and devices
  • Cross and multi- platform design 
  • Paper and Digital prototyping
  • W3 consortium, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Universal and Inclusive Design 
  • Usability, user testing and heuristic evaluation

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Report: Report 30%

Presentation: Presentation 30%

Project: Project 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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

Weeks 1, 2, 7 and 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.