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Multimodal Interfaces

Code: MM0053     Acronym: IM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Communication Sciences

Instance: 2017/2018 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Multimedia

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MM 24 Syllabus 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Miguel Santos Araújo Carvalhais Fonseca

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Rui Pedro Amaral Rodrigues 1,00
José Miguel Santos Araújo Carvalhais Fonseca 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


This course is dedicated to the study of computational systems and the design of the interaction with them. 

Learning outcomes and competences

The course studies project practices for interaction design, focusing particularly on user-centered design and on design patterns, used as tools for the study and critical analysis of interactive systems.

Working method



This course is developed in sequential modules, dedicating time for exposition, reflection, discussion and the development of the project associated to each module:
* Systems of patterns for interaction design;
* Usage of interactive systems;
* User-centered design;
* Content organization: information architecture;
* Design framework;
* Navigation;
* Multimodality;
* Composition: layout and information visualization;
* Usability evaluation;
* Methodologies for the interaction design project.

Mandatory literature

Brown, Daniel M.; Communicating Design. Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning, New Riders, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-321-39235-0
Caddick, Richard; Cable, Steve; Communicating the User Experience, Wiley, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-119-97110-8
Clark, Josh; Designing for Touch, A Book Apart, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-9375572-9-4
Cooper, Alan; Robert Reimann; David Cronin; Christopher Noessel; About Face: the Essentials of Interaction Design, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-118-76657-6
Jenifer Tidwell; Designing interfaces. ISBN: 978-1-449-37970-4

Complementary Bibliography

Donald A. Norman; The design of everyday things. ISBN: 0-262-64037-6
Donald A. Norman; The Invisible computer. ISBN: 0-262-64041-4
Donald A. Norman; The psychology of everyday things. ISBN: 0-465-06709-3
Donald A. Norman; Emotional design. ISBN: 0-465-05135-9
Donald A. Norman; Living with complexity. ISBN: 978-0-262-01486-1
Donald A. Norman; The design of future things. ISBN: 978-0-465-00227-6
Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, Jennifer Preece; Interaction design. ISBN: 978-0-470-66576-3
Alan Dix...[et al.]; Human-computer interaction. ISBN: 978-0-13-046109-4
Alexander, Christopher; Notes on The Synthesis of Form, Harvard University Press, 1964. ISBN: 0-674-62751-2
Alexander, Christopher; The Timeless Way of Building, Oxford University Press, 1979. ISBN: 0-19-502402-8
Alexander, Christopher; Ishikawa, Sara; Silverstein, Murray; Jacobson, Max; Fiksdahl-King, Ingrid; Angel, Shlomo; A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Oxford University Press, 1977. ISBN: 0-19-501919-9
Buurman, Gerhard M.; Total Interaction: Theory and Practice of a New Paradigm for the Design Disciplines, Birkhäuser, 2005. ISBN: 978-3-7643-7076-3
Crumlish, Christian; Malone, Erin; Designing Social Interfaces, O'Reilly, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-596-15492-9
Disabato, Nick; Cadence & Slang, Sheridan Books, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-615-34171-2
Hallnäs, Lars; Redström, Johan; Interaction Design: Foundations, Experiments, Chalmers, 2006. ISBN: 91-631-8554-7
Jehl, Scott; Responsible Responsive Design, A Book Apart, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-9375571-6-4
Krug, Steve; Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, New Riders, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-321-96551-6
Löwgren, Jonas; Stolterman, Erik; Thoughtful Interaction Design: A Design Perspective on Information Technology, The MIT Press, 2004. ISBN: 0-262-12271-5
MacKenzie, I. Scott; Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective, Morgan Kaufmann, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-12-405865-1
Marcotte, Ethan; Responsive Web Design, A Book Apart, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9844425-7-7
Marcotte, Ethan; Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles, A Book Apart, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-9375573-4-8
Mathis, Lukas; Designed for Use: Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web, The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-93435-675-3
McGrane, Karen; Going Responsive, A Book Apart, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-9375573-1-7
Moggridge, Bill; Designing Interactions, The MIT Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-262-13474-3
Nielsen, Jakob; Designing Web Usability, New Riders, 2000. ISBN: 1-56205-810-X
Nielsen, Jakob; Loranger, Hoa; Prioritizing Web Usability, New Riders, 2006. ISBN: 0-321-35031-6
Norman, Donald A.; Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine., Basic Books, 1993. ISBN: 0-201-62695-0
Pickering, Heydon; Inclusive Design Patterns: Coding Accessibility into Web Design, Smashing Magazine, 2016. ISBN: 978-3-945749-45-6
Raskin, Jef; The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems, ACM Press, 2000. ISBN: 0-2-1-37937-6
Sterling, Bruce; Shaping Things, The MIT Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-262-69326-7
Thackara, John; In The Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, The MIT Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-262-70115-4
Wardrip-Fruin, Noah; Montfort, Nick; The New Media Reader, The MIT Press, 2003. ISBN: 0-262-23227-8

Comments from the literature

The complementary bibliography collects works that are referenced throughout the lectures but that are not mandatory reading.

Teaching methods and learning activities

This course unit alternates lectures with the development of a project in three sequential stages. This includes contextual enquiry, field work, the preparation and production of prototypes, the preparation of deliverables, the assessment of usability and the presentation and discussion of the results of each stage of the project. Grading is distributed, calculated from an average of the grades of the works developed and submitted, and including the students presence and active participation in classes.


Physical sciences > Computer science > Computer systems > Human computer interaction
Technological sciences > Architecture > Design

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho laboratorial 90,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 80,00
Estudo autónomo 40,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Do not exceed the maximum number of absences and participate actively in the development of the proposed assignments. Students with worker statute or equivalent are exempted from classes but must present the progress of their work, and should make their presentation together with ordinary students.

Calculation formula of final grade

Average of the classification of the project stages developed. The students' presence and active engagement in the classes will also be pondered.

FG = S1 * 30% + S2 * 30% + S3 * 30% + CE * 10%
FG - Final grade
* S1, S2, S3 - Project Stages
* CE - Classes' Evaluation

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

For students with worker statute or equivalent the EC component may not be considered, with a consequent increase in the assessment of the three project stages to 33%, 33% and 34% respectively. Additionally, they must comply to the stated in "Admission to Exams".

Classification improvement

Classification Improvement will be held in a single moment with the delivery and presentation of a computer game project. The student should contact the teacher staff for the project specification. It is also necessary to present the evolution of the work at regular intervals.



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