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DECO2500 – Human-Computer Interaction

Lecturer Dr Greg Hooper
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty EAIT
Prerequisites DECO1400 or MMDS1400 or CSSE1001
Contact Hours 3 Contact hours
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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Rating

Total average

26.1/100

Learning Materials ( 24 )
Learning Activities ( 8.8 )
Blackboard Management ( 35.3 )
Course Content ( 17.5 )
Course Structure ( 12.8 )
Contact Availability ( 37.8 )
Course Difficulty ( 47 )

Reviews (4)

Anonymous
   
DECO2500 – Human-Computer Interaction 34.6

Taken semester 1 2020 (wouldn't let me select that in the Semester taken category)

This course covers a lot of content but only at a very surface level. You might learn a little bit about user experience but not from the lectures or tutorials - from Wikipedia instead, as you'll struggle to understand them on any useful level from the contact time alone.

The semester I took the class in was unexpectedly interrupted by covid, and the course's transition to online learning was executed very poorly. A 45% assignment that was meant to be assigned to groups of 4-5 was made an individual assignment, and majority of these assignments were still over 50 pages long, not including references and appendix (which were often 20+ pages on their own). The content of this assignment isn't hard - I got a distinction (6) and felt like I was writing bullshit most of the time - but finding 5-10 people not in the course willing to take a 10 minute survey of the UI you designed was something I found almost impossible as a rural-based first-year student. You absolutely need a good social life with people you trust to give you useful feedback on your UI if you want a good mark on this project.

The tutors are absolutely lovely and very approachable, but the advice they give in terms of assignments often conflicted depending on who I asked, and got me marked down. In their defense, their workload was increased almost 4-fold due to receiving 4x the volume of assignments to mark. I feel very sorry for the tutors in Semester 1 2020, they had it rough for sure.

The marking scheme they follow leaves a lot of room for flexibility, which is a blessing and a curse. For my big assignment, it benefitted me because although I sometimes felt I didn't meet the criteria to the degree I wanted, my explanations and justifications in the report were enough to get me a decent grade. For the final exam, I felt as though I met the criteria to get a really good grade, but got an unexpectedly low one. That's probably on me, but in any case, I felt the mark I got depended a lot on who marked it.

I chose to take this class as an elective as I knew it was heavy on group work and I wanted to make friends and connections with other people in my field of study. Instead, due to covid, I felt very alone doing this course. I think for semesters where group work is reinstated, your experience with this course will be HEAVILY dependent on who you get for your group assignment, the tutors you get for studios (the majority of compulsory contact time) and who marks your work.

I wouldn't recommend taking this class unless you have friends to take it with. The coursework is very time consuming but not intellectually stimulating enough to make it feel worthwhile. The course coordination seemed quite poor with their COVID response and general cohesiveness in terms of marking and assignment advice. Avoid if you can.

Semester taken

Long Long Ago!

Your program/major

BCompSci

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No. Lecture slides are very quick to go through and contain all necessary info

Is the textbook necessary?

Never even looked at it

Positives
  • Content and concepts are dead easy
  • Tutors are lovely
Negatives
  • A lot of time consuming but uninteresting work for assignments
  • If you get a bad group or tutor, you're screwed
  • Taking it during COVID is a NIGHTMARE
Posted on January 20, 2021 3:03 pm
Anonymous
   
DECO2500 – Human-Computer Interaction 24.7

TRY TO AVOID THIS COURSE AT ALL COST.

Semester taken 2020 s1,
contact hours 1l 3s

All content covered in the whole semester is so limited.
The course simply covers the names of different concepts and never goes deep into any of them.
Reading Wikipedia and research papers is far more efficient and helpful.

Your tutor is very important in this course because you have a 3-hour studio to attend, try to reallocate another session if you dont like your tutor at the first week.

Most importantly, DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR TUTOR ABOUT THE ASSIGNMENT.
Going through the spec documents and keeping the rubric in mind is the only way of getting great marks.

Semester taken

Long Long Ago!

Your program/major

MIT

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Compulsary

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • You can learn all the content in one week before exam
Negatives
  • Too many to list
Posted on June 15, 2020 2:34 pm
Anonymous
   
DECO2500 – Human-Computer Interaction 15.1

A totally bullshit. Teach you nothing but stupid and tough paperwork. Silly.
All tutors and profs are trying to teach you small piece of shit that useless.
Fucking asshole courses you have ever seen.
Don’t choose if you can avoid. You can complete 100 leetcode if you don’t choose this damn course

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2017

Your program/major

IT

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives No positive points
Negatives No negative points
Posted on April 19, 2020 11:31 pm
Anonymous
   
DECO2500 – Human-Computer Interaction 30.1

The worst. Mentally easy, but sooooo time consuming for so little learning. I got nothing out of this course.
Relatively easy, but man, such as waste.
Trying to understand the assignment sheets is a marathon. Slightly altered from previous years and now doesn't make sense.

Greg can be hilarious if you listen though. Slips in some great jokes with no pause or change in intonation.

Do it if you have lots of free time to get a good mark. Otherwise, avoid.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

BEng/BSc

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No - lecture slides for assignments

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Greg can be hilarious
  • Not mentally challenging content?
Negatives
  • Didn't get much out of it
Posted on August 7, 2015 4:04 pm

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