Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the design potential of emerging technologies in the creation of interactive artefacts, students will be introduced to designing playful interactions that extend beyond screen-based interaction to encompass interaction with the physical world. Students will learn about and experiment with a range of tools, such as sensors and haptic interaction to engage with physical objects in the real world, through projects.

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. Demonstrate a strong understanding of new directions in non - screen based interaction design

2. Apply experimental methodology within an iterative design approach

3. Conceive and design an experimental user interface

4. Construct a prototype of a sensor-based interactive experience

5. Develop skills in simple physical computing


  • Physical computing
  • Solderless electronics
  • Projection mapping
  • Motion and light sensors
  • Creative and playful uses of emerging technologies

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial/Laboratory Exercises 35%

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity 25%

Project: Project 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1 and 7


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2-6 and Weeks 8-12

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.