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Social Interaction Design (11061.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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In this unit students learn principles, practices, and patterns of designing user experience for social web, virtual and mobile applications. This unit will pull together relevant aspects of User Interface, Interaction design, Experience design, and Information design to design mediated social practices. Studio based activities will allow students to understand how people engage with each other and share knowledge online, and how various platforms can be designed to optimise this type of social behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse how people engage with each other and share knowledge online;

2. Identify and critique different design patterns and how they affect users? interactions and engagement in online communities; and

3. Evaluate and apply relevant theories and approaches of social interaction to effectively design social spaces using both physical and digital tools.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of lectures and studio based interactive learning activities (problem based learning) on-campus per week.


18 credit points from SM0011 Specialist Major in Interaction Design and at least 12 credit points from CM0003 Core Major in Design.



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