Colin E Birge
T C 518
Explores the user-centered design paradigm from a broad perspective, emphasizing how user research and prototype assessment can be integrated into different phases of the design process. Students learn to think like a user-centered designer and carry out activities that are key to user-centered design. Offered: jointly with IND E 545; W.
In this course, we will explore the user-centered design (UCD) paradigm, emphasizing how user research and prototype assessment can be integrated into the design process.
Student learning goals
1. Plan and execute activities that collectively create a user-centered design process
2. Critically discuss the concept and complexities of user-centered design with other professionals
3. Identify and explain a variety of factors motivating and enabling an emphasis on UCD to likely audiences
4. Identify areas of design scholarship useful for addressing user needs
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading