MSc in Human Centred Systems
Centre for HCI Design, City University, London
In October 2004 the Centre for HCI Design at City University, London is
launching a new MSc in Human Centred Systems.
The Centre for HCI Design (CHCID) at City University is a specialist
research centre within the School of Informatics. The Centre is the
largest academic HCI research group in the London area, and one of the
largest in the country. It currently boasts 6 academic staff and
approximately 20 research staff. The Centre specialises in research
within the broad fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Software
Engineering. We undertake fundamental long-term research, funded largely
by the EPSRC and EU, and more applied research in collaboration with a
wide range of commercial organisations. The main research areas at
present are: holistic system design methods, usability evaluation, tools
and methods to support interactive system design, assistive technologies
and designing for diverse users, culture and creativity in design,
e-Learning, requirements engineering for socio-technical systems,
business process modeling, component-based system development.
Students taking this course will be equipped with the theory and
techniques from computer science, software engineering, cognitive
science and psychology for the design, implementation and evaluation of
computing systems that take the user into consideration.
Upon completing this course you will have excellent skills in designing
and evaluating software computing systems. Skills will range from
advanced human-computer interaction design skills, requirement analysis
and design, skills in designing and conducting complex evaluations of
new or existing software computing systems and unique expertise in
designing and evaluating systems for people with disabilities and the
Course outline: a full-time, 1 year MSc consisting of a number of
taught modules including courses on Human-Computer Interaction Design,
Requirements Engineering, Systems Specification, Professional and
Research Skills, Inclusive Design, Multimedia Design, Advanced
Human-Computer Interaction, Evaluation of Systems. Every
student will also undertake an individual research project in the form
of a thesis.
Course requirements: The usual minimum entrance requirement is a good
second class honours degree from a UK university in a numerate
discipline, a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas
institution or an equivalent professional qualification. For students
whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL
score of 600 (250 computer-based version) is required.
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