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2013 Programmes
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Interaction Design

NOTE: Where the 2013 requirements for a programme differ from those previously published, care will be taken to ensure existing students are not disadvantaged.

Interaction design is a rapidly growing field of study with a particular focus on complementary skills needed for the design, development, and evaluation of digital products and services that we use in our everyday lives. Interaction design is inherently inter-disciplinary in nature, and combines strong technical design skills with other forms of creative design skills. Interaction design practitioners therefore require a sound knowledge of computer science as well as having practical skills in applied areas such interface design, psychology, etc.

Requirements

We list the Interaction Design requirements in the form of a "degree planner". Where semesters are shown they refer to the 2013 schedule.



YEAR 1 – 120 POINTS
COMP103A
Introduction to Computer Science 1
COMP104B
Introduction to Computer Science 2
MATH102A/B
Introduction to Algebra
STAT121A†
Introduction to Statistical Methods
60 points of papers at 100 LEVEL
(30 points must be outside FCMS)
 
Highly recommended at least two of:
COMP125A, COMP126B, CGRD161B,
PSYC103A, SMST112A/B


YEAR 2 – 120 POINTS
COMP200A
Computer Systems

 
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COMP203A
Programming with Data Structures
COMP202B
Computer Communications

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COMP204B
Object Oriented Program Design
COMP235B
Logic and Computation
COMP224A
Visual Design for Interactive Media
40 points of papers at 200 LEVEL
(20 points must be outside FCMS)
 
Highly recommended at least one of:
COMP233B,
PSYC226A (10pts) and PSYC230B (10pts),
SSRP202A/B, STAT221A


YEAR 3 – 120 POINTS
COMP324A
Interactive Multimedia Systems
COMP325B
Human-Computer Interaction
40 points of papers at 300 LEVEL and
40 points of papers at 200 or 300 LEVEL*
 
At least one of:
COMP314B, COMP317A, CGRD350A


YEAR 4 – 120 POINTS
COMP477
Report of an Investigation

 
COMP424B
Interaction Design

 
45 points of papers in Computer Science at 400 LEVEL
 
At least one of:
COMP432B, COMP448A, COMP450A
300 LEVEL* 300 LEVEL*

† BCMS regulation 8 requires 50 points from subjects in the field other than the major including at least 20 points above 100 Level. STAT121 will help satisfy these requirements and is strongly recommended in its own right. It also helps students keep their options open for changing to another major with the Faculty if desired.

* For the honours programme, the two 200 level papers in year 3 must be replaced by an additional two 300 level papers, and year 4 requirements are COMP520 Report of an Investigation (45 points) plus five COMP5XX papers (15 points each). Permission may be given to include up to 30 points at 500 level from outside Computer Science.

Elective papers may be replaced by papers at a higher level.

Admission to Honours Programme
To be eligible for honours candidates will require an average of B+ in at least 80 points at 300 level in Computer Science papers. This does not apply to double major students, who will be treated separately.

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