Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Installation Development Project

Course summary

Course code: COMP1698
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Ralph Barthel


Pre and co requisites

Level 4 competencies in the use of a scripting environment


This course aims to encourage creative thinking in the context of interaction design by
considering the relationship between hardware & software in a creative digital media
environment. It also aims to encourage students to develop an experimental attitude to
product development. Research skills, critical thinking and considering the digital
presentation of information will be introduced & enhanced.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
A Analyse existing examples of interactive installations and interaction devices.
B Discuss the creative possibilities provided by current & emerging interactive technologies.
C Create a prototype interaction device.
D Demonstrate the origins of ideas by referencing sources used in work.

Indicative content

This course will cover a range of subject areas, including but not limited to:
Hardware interaction devices;
Scripting environments that handle hardware inputs & outputs;
Switching Technologies;
Creative Thinking;
Interactive Art practices;
Human Computer Interaction;
User Experience.

Teaching and learning activity

This course will utilise a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical lab
sessions. Lectures will be used to provide a knowledge base for student experimentation,
tutorials & workshops will develop ideas & some technical skills. Lab sessions will develop
the required technical skills.
Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours):

Scheduled contact hours:
Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and
workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work, fieldwork, external
visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme:
lectures 6
seminars 0
supervised practical sessions 12
tutorials 18
formative assessment 9
other scheduled time 0
Guided independent study:
Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up
work, wider reading or practice, revision:
independent coursework 50
independent laboratory work 40
other non-scheduled time 70
Placements (including work placement and year abroad) 0
Total Hours (should be equal to credit x 10) 150


Coursework 1 - 35%
A presentation in digital form.

Coursework 2 - 65%
A digital media installation.

Pass mark - 40%