MRes Child Computer Interaction is a new and growing branch of Human Computer Interaction, and is the key area of expertise for the ChiCI research group at UCLan. Our expertise spans world-class research, commercial activity and knowledge-transfer. As the market for children's interactive technology grows there is an increasing need for specialists who can research, design and evaluate interactive technology for children. This postgraduate course is the first specialist research-based academic course offered in Child Computer Interaction. We aim to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which students can develop specialist skills by working closely with the ChiCI research group. It is anticipated that students from this course will either continue to PhD study or go into employment as CCI specialists.
As part of the course you will have opportunities to work with external partners. At UCLan we work with a range on businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT
The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face lecture/tutorial and practical sessions with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.
Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation and seminars.
The goal of the course is to guide you, depending on your interests, to either go out into Industry or to progress to an academic research career. We aim to produce Child Computer Interaction practitioners who understand how to create excellent interaction designs for children in a range of different scenarios. We also aim to give you a thorough grounding in the research area so you are ready to start a PhD.
We also aim to give you a thorough grounding in the Child Computing Interaction research area so you are ready to start a PhD. After completing the MRes there will be opportunities for students to continue to MPhil or PhD study.
The first semester consists of three taught modules that provide grounding in postgraduate study and in the techniques and theories appropriate to Interaction Design. In the second semester students will study the specialist module Child Computer Interaction and at the same time will start the 100 credit (five modules) MRes project. The project module is studied throughout Semesters 2 and 3 (January to September), during which time students work under supervision to complete a large research-based project.
During the course you will develop theoretical understanding, practical skills and knowledge of current trends and research activity relating to CCI. You will also develop planning, self-management, communication, critical evaluation and technical skills.