The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course examines effective web usability through case studies and the principles of interaction design. This course explores the current theory and practice of interface design and usability and examines ways in which to identify and focus upon the needs of the user. Special issues covered include intranets, users with disabilities and international users. By providing a focus on customer needs, the students further develop their awareness of design strategies and skills for evaluating web usability.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the importance of good interaction and usability design for the Web.

2. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of usability and interaction and be able to apply this through the design of effective Web based media.

3. Communicate using the terminology specific to this field of expertise.

4. Critically evaluate examples of interactivity and usability on the Web including self-assessment.

5. Demonstrate an awareness of strategies related to understanding customer needs.

6. Recognise commercial and legal strategies that provide for customers with disabilities.


Topics may include:  

  1. Fundamentals of Usability and Interaction Design for the Web
  2. Understanding the user
  3. General and special needs
  4. Case studies of effective Web media
  5. The role of layout and navigation
  6. The role of typography and text
  7. Communicating information effectively
  8. Integrating effective usability and interaction design into Web content.

Assumed knowledge

The course will assume that students have no previous knowledge of this field of study, however, it is assumed that students have a basic level of computer literacy.

Assessment items

Report: Written Report

Report: Written Report: Project Prototype Written Report - Project Prototype

Project: Major Practical Project & Written Report

Journal: Journal