Physical Interface Design

2018/2019

Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

All course and project-modules on the 1st semester must have been followed by the student.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Physical Interface Design is a course module where students learn about basic principles of electronics and how different touch based sensors can be interfaced to a microcontroller to design novel forms of interactions between man and machines.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must have knowledge about basic user interface design principles for realizing a physical interface for human-computer interaction
  • Must have knowledge of related work in sensors technology and media applications
  • Must have knowledge of basic electronics: capacitor, diode, and transistor
  • Must have knowledge of sensing possibilities: push buttons, potentiometers, photo resistors and force sensitive resistors (FSR)
  • Must have an understanding of data mapping strategies
  • Must have understanding on using micro-controllers: interface to the computer, analog/digital input/output
  • Must have understanding of circuit applications: DC filtering, circuit protection and amplifier
  • Must have an understanding of basic programming concepts in context of real-time use of signals (such as sampling rate, scaling and filtering)

Skills

Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to apply knowledge to the development of a physical interface artifact used in conjunction with a PC software application - and demonstrate its use (application)
  • Must be able to apply theories and methods to the design of a user-test of artifact, including: meeting end-user(s), assessing needs, translation of needs into design goals, arranging test and designing test-set up including data collection for evaluation of test according to goals
  • Must be able to analyze use of the artifact
  • Must be able to synthesize knowledge in written documentation

Competences

Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must have ability to evaluate the artifact

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in the start of chapter 3. The types of instruction for this course are decided in accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions are decided and given by the Study Board for Media Technology.

Exam

Exams

Name of examPhysical Interface Design
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Individual oral or written examination with internal censor. The assessment is performed in accord-ance with the 7-point grading scale.
ECTS5
Permitted aids
With certain aids, see list below
See Semester Description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria for the evaluation are specified in the Framework Provisions.

Facts about the module

Danish titleFysisk interfacedesign
Module codeMSNMEDB2103
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterSpring
ECTS5
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology, Study Board of Electronics and IT
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design