Interaction and Multimedia
Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao
Area of Study
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
Any student in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) related engineering should
be prepared to design and develop software applications. Many of them are interactive, that is to
say, they are intended to establish a dialog with the user. In order to ensure that the application
adapts to user needs, it is mandatory for the designer to be familiar with human computer
interaction issues. This course provides the tools to develop computer applications that adapt to
the characteristics and limitations of the users.
In addition to the above, it is more and more common for these applications to include text and
images, but also audio, video and animations. These multimedia applications put forward
specific challenges, such as data compression and synchronization.
- Human Computer Interaction:
Importance of human computer interaction and areas included in the field. History of human
computer interaction. Information processing in humans. Characteristics and properties of
- Interactive systems:
The dialogue between people and computers: types and characteristics. Interaction paradigms.
User interface design. Accessibility.
Introduction to multimedia systems. The importance of digital formats. Digitizing and
quantizing. Graphic design elements.
- Description of digital media:
Text. Graphics. Sound. Animation. Video.
Teaching and learning strategies include:
- Document reading (paper documents, web pages, interactive applications).
- Video projections.
- Guided information searches.
- Individual and group activities
Periodic assessment of the "Activity Book", where all work done during the course is kept. –
Assessment through written exams dealing with concepts and their application. – 50%
PREECE J. ET AL, 2015 Interaction Design. Wiley & Sons.
SHNEIDERMAN B. ET AL, 2014. Designing the user interface. Pearson Addison Wesley.
CHAPMAN AND CHAPMAN, 2009. Digital Multimedia. John Wiley & Sons.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.