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Julie A Kientz
HCDE 418
Seattle Campus

User Experience Design

Provides a project-based introduction to the user interface design process and is oriented toward practical methods for approaching a design problem. Focuses on developing conceptual designs based on user need. Prerequisite: HCDE 417. Offered: Sp.

Class description

HCDE 418 project-based introduction to the user interface design process and is oriented toward practical methods for approaching a design problem. The focus of the course is to develop conceptual designs based on the needs of users. Students will receive grounding in the following topics:

User Research Methods Design Sketching Design Validation

Student learning goals

Develop an appreciation for concepts and sensibilities of user experience design

Develop skills in the use and application of specific methods in user experience design

Improve individual and collaborative skills in design problem solving

Gather useful information about users and activities through asking, looking, learning, and trying Organize information about users into useful summaries with affinity diagrams Convey user research findings with personas and scenarios Learn and appreciate the skill of sketching as a process for user experience design

Learn to give and accept critiques of design ideas in a constructive manner Demonstrate skills for low-fidelity prototyping and describe the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of prototyping methods Appreciate the process of user experience design as a cyclical, iterative process Understand the differences between usability and user experience

Learn to give and accept critiques of design ideas in a constructive manner Demonstrate skills for low-fidelity prototyping and describe the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of prototyping methods Appreciate the process of user experience design as a cyclical, iterative process Understand the differences between usability and user experience

General method of instruction

Interactive lectures, class discussions, in-class activities, reading assignments and reflections, and a major group project.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Work in this course will be graded to criteria. In other words, you won't be graded on a curve. Each deliverable is designed to test your achievement against one or more of the learning objectives. Different assignments emphasize different learning objectives.

Class Participation 10% Online Discussion Board Posts 10% Individual Assignments 15% Quarter-long Sketching Project 20% Group Design Project 45%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Julie A Kientz
Date: 05/30/2012