For new ideas and technologies to be adopted, they have to be useful and usable for real people in real situations. This specialist pathway in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) teaches you to go beyond simply building new software and hardware, to evaluating how they would be used, and how they can be improved.
The HCI specialist modules are taught by the Future Interaction Technology (FIT) Lab, within the Computer Science Department and the College of Science. The FIT Lab’s mission is to explore and apply Advanced Computer Science to make interaction technologies dependable, enjoyable and effective. Interaction technologies include mobile devices, the Web, Web 2.0, implants, home TVs, microwave cookers, ticket machines, navigational aids etc. Further, we aim to work on grand challenges, like improving safety in healthcare, or developing technology to reach the millions and help us live more effective sustainable lives.
A 2:2 honours degree (or above) in Computer Science or other relevant discipline.
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.
As a student on the MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Specialising in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) you will study a range of modules
focused on different skills and application domains, including:
Human Computer Project Development (compulsory)
Interaction Technologies: Hardware and Devices (compulsory)
Interaction Technologies: Lab and Field Work (compulsory)
Research Methodology (compulsory)
Interaction Technologies: Seminars and Readings
Interactive Systems Design
Mobile Interaction Design
You will also strengthen your skills to build novel Future Interaction Technologies, by taking modules from the broad range of options provided. These currently include:
Advanced Database Systems
Artificial Intelligence Applications
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Concepts of Programming Languages
Design Patterns and Generic Programming
Distributed Object Oriented Programming
Graphics Processor Programming
High Performance Computing in C/C++
IT Security: Theory and Practice
Logic for Computer Science
Modelling and Verification Techniques
Relational and Object-Oriented Database Systems
Software Team Project
Writing Mobile Apps
Writing Web and Web Service Applications
On top of the modules you study, a further four months is spent undertaking a substantial research project, which will involve creating, designing, and evaluating novel and exciting technologies.
All Computer Science courses will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.
90% of Swansea’s Computer Science graduates are in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA June 2011).
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