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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

User Interface Technology (UIT)

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 4
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Kasper Hornbæk (4-6e64766b43676c316e7831676e)
  • Department of Computer Science
Course number: NDAK16008U

Course content

The course gives participants an understanding of technologies for user interfaces, focusing on emerging interaction styles and new hardware. Participants will learn drawbacks and benefits of user interface technologies for different tasks and use contexts. In addition, they will learn about current research challenges for user interface technology.  

The course will contain advanced material on user interface software and technology and on interaction styles. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Overview of classic models of interaction (GUI and WIMP interfaces) and classic interaction styles (direct manipulation).
  • Models of user interfaces and interaction, including post-WIMP interfaces (van Dam, 1997), reality-based interfaces (Jakob et al., 2008) and instrumental interaction (Beaudouin-Lafon, 2000).
  • Emerging interaction styles such as gesture-based interaction, augmented reality, physical computing.
  • New hardware for interaction, for instance technologies for sensing (e.g., tracking of persons and objects, wearable sensors), tangible interfaces.

Learning outcome


  • directions in user interface technology and their relation to GUI and WIMP interfaces,
  • advantages and disadvantages of particular user interface technologies.



  • apply techniques for sketching user experiences,
  • design and build prototypes in hardware and software of user interface technology.



  • use sketching to develop and discuss ideas about a particular application of user interface technology,
  • do practical work with user interface technology in hardware and software.

Recommended prerequisites

Programming skills corresponding to those obtained with a bachelor in Computer Science or equivalent are expected.

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Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

This course will alternate between classroom discussions of key papers on user interface technology and lab classes, which focus on introducing user interface technology and having students develop prototypes.


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Category Hours
Preparation 32
Lectures 24
Practical exercises 24
Project work 125
Exam 1
English 206


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 20 min
Oral examination based on a group project report. The report should describe and reflect on the design and implementation of an interaction device or technique.

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

In order to earn the grade 12, students must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described in the intended learning outcomes.

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners.


Oral exam, 20-minutes, based on the project report. The report must be resubmitted no later than two weeks before the re-exam, for the student to qualify for the re-exam. 

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