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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

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HCDE 100 Introduction to Human Centered Design and Engineering (5)
Topics may include: virtual communities, human-computer interaction, web design, usability testing, visual design, and others. Explores course content through individual and group hands-on projects. Offered: A.

HCDE 231 Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
Reviews the fundamentals of writing, designing, and conveying technical information to various audiences. Using a process-centered approach, explores technical communication conventions such as organization, style, tone, illustration, and layout focusing on audience, purpose, and use to design and construct a variety of documents for academic and professional settings. Required of all engineering majors. Prerequisite: either C LIT 240, both ENGL 109 and ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 121, ENGL 131, ENGL 182, ENGL 197, ENGL 198, ENGL 199, or ENGL 281. Offered: AWSpS.
Instructor Course Description: Kerrie L Kephart

HCDE 300 Foundations of Human Centered Design and Engineering (5)
Examines principles and practices of human centered design and engineering. Includes overview of conceptual problems in human centered design and engineering, issues related to communicating scientific and technical information to a variety of audiences, and human centered design approaches. Includes attention to social contexts and environments (legal, ethical, cultural). Offered: A.

HCDE 303 Project Management and Computer Supported Collaboration and Work (5)
Addresses how to understand and manage communication practices and projects in scientific and technical organizations. Topics include: system design, project design, supporting workflow, communication practices, information structures, and planning. Focuses on CMC and CSC principles and practices.

HCDE 310 Interactive Systems Design and Technology (5)
Provides opportunities to identify and build interactive systems to solve problems in human centered design and engineering. Students specify, design, build, and justify design solutions in terms of user experience and technical design choices. Prerequisite: either CSE 140 or CSE 142. Offered: A.

HCDE 313 Introduction to User Research (5)
Introduces user research methods, such as interviews, surveys, usability tests, content analysis, and focus groups. Reviews selecting an appropriate research method, how to conduct research and analyze results, conveying research data in the form of design requirements, and ethics.

HCDE 321 Portfolio (2)
Covers recent trends in design and communication portfolios, as well as foundational considerations for portfolio development. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in HCDE 310; may not be repeated. Credit/no-credit only.

HCDE 333 Advanced Technical Writing and Oral Presentation (4)
Emphasizes the principles of written and oral communication for the engineering workplace. Designs solutions to professional communication problems: technical reports, proposals, correspondence, resumes, and oral presentations. Focuses on needs assessment and designing solutions that call for effective selection and integration of verbal and visual components. For engineering majors. Prerequisite: HCDE 231. Offered: AWSpS.
Instructor Course Description: Kerrie L Kephart Lisa A Owen Taylor Jackson Scott

HCDE 401 Style and Editing in Scientific and Technical Writing (5)
Covers stylistic strategies within specific professional contexts. Achieving clarity and conciseness; using varied communication structures for emphasis and tone. Includes editorial responsibilities and practice in communicating scientific and technical information; managing collaborative teams; and basic XML. Prerequisite: HCDE 231; either LING 100 or ENGL 371, which may be taken concurrenlty. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Spyridakis

HCDE 407 Software User Assistance (5)
Concepts, skills, and industry practices for designing the full spectrum of information resources that users need to master complex interfaces. Includes interface text, embedded and standard help, manuals, wizards, tutorials, SDK documentations and troubleshooting (Knowledge Base) content, and the role of social media and user-generated content. Prerequisite: HCDE 310. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: David K. Farkas

HCDE 408 Public Documents: Proposals, EISs, Assessments (3)
Analyzing special documents of public character: proposals, EISs, questionnaires, technology assessments. Understanding socio-political milieu in which they are planned, organized, written; the specialized audiences (e.g., agencies with their missions, guidelines, constituencies; citizen groups; commercial interests) they serve. Documents, the decision-making process. Offered: Sp, odd years.

HCDE 411 Information Visualization (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduces the design and presentation of digital information. Covers the use of graphics, animation, sound, and other modalities in presenting information to the user; understanding vision and perception; methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis; and the incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in HCDE 310; may not be repeated.
Instructor Course Description: Cecilia Aragon

HCDE 417 Usability Research Techniques (5)
Introduces usability research methods used in the product-development process; contextual inquiry, surveys and interviews, focus groups, user profiling, usability testing, cognitive walkthroughs, heuristics, and others. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in HCDE 313; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Mark R Zachry

HCDE 418 User Experience Design (5)
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.
Instructor Course Description: Julie A Kientz

HCDE 419 Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction (5) I&S
Studies the social, cognitive, behavioral, and contextual aspects of information systems and informational dimensions of the human-computer interface, and other user-centered design concepts. Surveys research literature of human information behavior, as well as ethical standards. Prerequisite: HCDE 310. Offered: W.
Instructor Course Description: Jonathan T Morgan

HCDE 421 Current Practices in Technical Communication (3)
Covers principles and practices of writing to communicate scientific and technical information to a variety of readers. Teaches how to write for the expert, general scientific and technical reader, manager, and general public.

HCDE 422 Style in Technical Communication (3)
Covers principles and practices of writing publication-ready American English writing for global audiences. Teaches how to write for the expert, general scientific and technical reader, manager, and general public.
Instructor Course Description: Mary-Colleen Jenkins

HCDE 423 Introduction to Technical Editing (3)
Covers editorial practices and responsibilities in communication of scientific and technical information. Includes the editor's role as an editor of documents, a collaborator in document development, and a manager of publication projects and groups.
Instructor Course Description: Mary-Colleen Jenkins

HCDE 424 The Computer in Technical Communication (4)
Introduces popular tools used by TC professionals. Students examine the tools' functionality, the types of design activities supported, and techniques for designing effective solutions. Project-driven course project teaches students how to transform unformatted content, using these tools, into a polished set of documents in multiple formats.

HCDE 426 Software User Assistance (3)
Covers how to write effective documentations for a variety of software users, from end-users to developers. Students produce a complete documentation set for a software product or service using the most appropriate delivery mechanisms for the content and the audience. Prerequisite: HCDE 310.

HCDE 427 Production Editing (4)
Covers the editorial role in the preparation of text and visual materials, both print and online, for production. Teaches the editor's responsibilities and prerogatives as they relate to those of other professionals in the production phase of the publication's field.
Instructor Course Description: Pamela V Johnson

HCDE 435 Introduction to Content Management (3)
Principles and practices of building, managing. and using content management systems in the workplace. Examines both the intricacies of collaborative workflow technologies and the organizational contexts that surround them.

HCDE 437 Web Design and Web Publishing (5) VLPA/I&S
Design principles and skills including navigation, functional design, visual design, and content development. Includes the ongoing process of Web publishing. Addresses societal issues pertaining to the web and Internet. Students build a website and plan for ongoing web publishing. Prerequisite: HCDE 310. Offered: W.
Instructor Course Description: Rebecca Destello David K. Farkas Julie A Kientz Michael D Sinkula

HCDE 438 Web Technologies (5)
Markup languages and styles, JavaScript, Flash, Photoshop, and the fundamentals of digital sound and video. Includes an introduction to server-side technologies. Students expand their existing design skills to encompass the use of these web technologies. Prerequisite: HCDE 310; HCDE 437. Offered: Sp.

HCDE 455 User Interface Design (4) Furness
Design oriented to cover fundamentals of user interface design; models on human computer interaction, software psychology, input devices, usability, cognitive and perceptual aspects of human-computer interaction, advanced interface, and research methodologies are discussed. Offered: jointly with IND E 455; A.
Instructor Course Description: Thomas A. Furness

HCDE 461 Japanese for Technical and Business Professions I (5) VLPA Kato
Strengthens knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and applies this to basic technical business communication situations. Covers cultural concepts underlying these situations. Reviews authentic materials on technology-related topics. Teaches skills to analyze sentence structure for accurate interpretation. Laboratory work required. Placement test before admission. Offered: A.

HCDE 462 Japanese for Technical and Business Professions II (5) VLPA Kato
Covers the functional/situational conversation skills necessary in technical and business communication situations, plus the cultural concepts underlying these situations. Reviews skills (such as prediction) for more effective reading and improves skills for analyzing complex sentence structure. Additional grammar, vocabulary, and kanji are introduced. Laboratory work required. Prerequisite: HCDE 461. Offered: W.

HCDE 463 Japanese for Technical and Business Professions III (5) VLPA Kato
Covers the functional/situational conversation skills necessary in technical and business communication situations, plus the cultural concepts underlying these situations. Further improves skills introduced in previous courses and reviews skills for understanding inter-sentence structure. Additional grammar, vocabulary, and kanji introduced. Laboratory work required. Prerequisite: HCDE 462. Offered: Sp.

HCDE 492 Capstone Planning (1)
Helps students define capstone topics, form project teams, and develop initial concepts, deliverables, and schedules for the HCDE capstone project. Credit/no-credit only.

HCDE 493 Senior Capstone (5)
Capstone design experience. Integrates knowledge and skills acquired during major program into one paper or project. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in HCDE 417; may not be repeated.

HCDE 495 Professional Practice (3-10, max. 10)
Supervised internship in a publications organization approved by the faculty adviser. A minimum of one internship is required of students majoring in human centered design and engineering. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

HCDE 496 Directed Research in Human Centered Design and Engineering (1-5, max. 10)
Students, working in teams under the supervision of individual faculty members, review relevant literature, pose research questions, design and conduct studies, and present the results in papers prepared either for submission to a professional journal or for presentation at a professional conference. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Spyridakis Mark R Zachry

HCDE 497 Study Abroad: Human Centered Design and Engineering (3-5, max. 15)
Upper-division human centered design and engineering courses, for which there are no direct University of Washington equivalents, taken through the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering's study abroad program. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: S.

HCDE 498 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15)
Special topics in human centered design and engineering to be offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members.

HCDE 499 Special Projects (1-5, max. 10)
Individual undergraduate projects in human centered design and engineering. Offered: AWSpS.

HCDE 501 Theoretical Foundations of Human Centered Design and Engineering (4)
Examination of the theories that inform work in human centered design and engineering, focusing particularly on communication and interaction design theories. Topics include the complexities of communication as it is configured in different theoretical frameworks, the implications of these different configurations, and why these differences matter to people engaged in professional practice or research. Prerequisite: admission to an engineering master's program or permission of instructor. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Mark P Haselkorn Mark R Zachry

HCDE 502 Empirical Traditions in Human Centered Design and Engineering (4)
Introduction to empirical traditions that inform research and practice in field of human centered design and engineering. Topics include epistemological assumptions underlying empirical research, empirical methods, and survey of results of empirical research on effects of text and visual media on comprehension, recall, and performance. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Jennifer A. Turns

HCDE 505 Computer-Assisted Communication (4)
Explores computer-assisted communication from three perspectives: (1) cultural roles of communication technologies; (2) relationships between communication and information including information technologies in the workplace, academe, and other settings; and (3) application to design including models for audience analysis, task analysis, and cognitive systems engineering. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Beth E Kolko Mark P Haselkorn

HCDE 509 Writing the Scientific Article (3)
Examination of principles and practice of writing research manuscripts, articles, abstracts, and oral presentations. Detailed examination of scientific publication process includes issues of style, organization, and ethics. Students draft, critique, and revise their own manuscripts and learn to review the manuscripts of others. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Kerrie L Kephart

HCDE 510 Information Design (4)
Examination of the design principles and procedures underlying the creation of both print and electronic information presentations. Topics include: print vs. electronic media, designing for the page and screen, information topologies, and hypermedia. Seminar includes a design project. Prerequisite: HCDE 501 or permission of instructor. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: David K. Farkas

HCDE 511 Information Visualization (4)
Covers the design and presentation of digital information. Uses graphics, animation, sound, and other modalities in presenting information to users. Studies understanding vision and perception. Includes methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis; and incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces.
Instructor Course Description: Cecilia Aragon

HCDE 512 International User Experience and Communication (4)
Covers theory, research, and approaches for creating digital media for international audiences. Topics include cultural schemata and contrastive rhetoric, content, and text types and corresponding translation and localization strategies, market relevance and adaptation, international user research and usability, international polices and geopolitics, and cross-cultural business management and team work. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Ulrike B. Irmler

HCDE 513 Globalization and Localization Management (4) Spyridakis
Examines globalization and localization business processes. Topics include localization challenges for various business sectors and audiences as well as selecting localization software, services, and content; project types; and associated start-to-finish processes. Offered: S.
Instructor Course Description: Hiram Marques Machado

HCDE 514 Strategies for International Product Management (4) Spyridakis
Examines best practices in establishing localization work in technology companies. Covers facets important to research, planning, and decision-making processes, including use of internal company data, and economic, marketing, and technology factors. Uses real-life scenarios to demonstrate how companies have instituted localization processes given user-centered practices. Prerequisite: HCDE 512; HDCE 513; or permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Carla M Difranco

HCDE 515 Ecological Information Systems (4)
Introduction to cognitive work analysis framework. Prepares for active role in design and evaluation of information systems. Familiarization with basic concepts of cognitive systems engineering and practice in field study, data analysis, and transforming field findings into requirements for the design of an information system. Offered: jointly with INSC 515/LIS 515.

HCDE 516 Experimental Research Methods (4)
Introduction to experimental research methods in human centered design and engineering. Examines the relationship between theory and research, hypothesis testing, experimental designs, modes of observation, sampling, validity, and data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: introductory statistics course. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Spyridakis

HCDE 517 Usability Testing (4)
Discusses the human-computer interface (HCI) as the communicative aspect of a computer system. Analyzes usability issues in HCI design, explores design-phase methods of predictability, and introduces evaluative methods of usability testing. Prerequisite: substantial experience with computers and graduate standing, or permission of instructor. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Mark R Zachry

HCDE 518 User-Centered Design (4)
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.
Instructor Course Description: Julie A Kientz

HCDE 519 Qualitative Research Methods (5)
Provides hands-on experience with qualitative research methods and focuses on how ethnographic fieldwork methods, such as interviewing and participant observation, are used in human-computer interaction. Students undertake an intensive research project at a field site collecting and analyzing data.
Instructor Course Description: Charlotte P Lee

HCDE 521 Seminar: Current Issues in Human Centered Design and Engineering (1-2, max. 3)
Presentations on current issues in human centered design and engineering. Prerequisite: HCDE graduate student status or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AW.
Instructor Course Description: Judith A Ramey

HCDE 523 Seminar: Issues in Human Centered Design and Engineering Scholarship and Professional Activity (1, max. 3)
Exploration of advanced issues in human centered design and engineering scholarship and practice. Prerequisite: HCDE PhD student status or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.

HCDE 530 Computational Concepts in HCDE (4)
Introduces basic computational concepts and programming skills needed to work with interactive systems in HCDE. Draws on topics such as log analysis, visualization, prototyping, and data mining. Students analyze data to inform user research and design.

HCDE 532 Web Design Studio (2)
Provides an overview of basic principles and practices of professional web site design and programming. Students gain hands-on experience with designing and building a successful website using industry standard techniques. For students planning to take HCDE 535 or HCDE 537 without previous programming experience.

HCDE 534 Designing a Human Centered Venture (4)
Explores the planning of a new venture related to human-centered design. Examines relevant topics, such as team formation, user and market research, value creation, and the iterative demand planning for a new venture.

HCDE 536 Interaction Design (4)
Investigates advanced topics in the theory and practice of interaction design, using a project-oriented approach. Develops expertise in design, development, and critique of solutions in online and mobile platforms. Examines issues such as interaction theory, requirements and specifications, design language, prototyping, evaluatikon, and presentation of projects. Prerequisite: HCDE 518.

HCDE 537 User-Centered Web Design (4)
Theory and practice of the user-centered web development process. Principles and processes for documenting and implementing various development stages, including requirements analysis, user needs analysis, information architecture, prototyping, mock-ups, and production. Prerequisite: HCDE 518.

HCDE 541 Grant Writing for Career Development (4)
Introduces the steps on compiling a grant proposal, with an emphasis on increasing research fluency. Provides hands-on experience with communicating research topics, particularly for the purpose of applying for grant support.

HCDE 542 Theoretical Foundations in Human Centered Design and Engineering (4)
Examines theories that inform work in human centered design and engineering, focusing particularly on theories of communication and interaction design. Topics include complexities of interaction as it is configured in different theoretical frameworks, implications of these different configurations, and why these differences matter to people engaged in professional practice/research.

HCDE 543 Empirical Traditions in Human Centered Design and Engineering (4)
Introduces empirical traditions that inform research and practice in the field of human centered design and engineering. Topics include epistemological assumptions underlying research approaches and a survey of empirical methods.

HCDE 544 Research Methods I (4)
Introduces experimental, quasi-experimental, and related research methods in human centered design and engineering. Examines the relationship between theory and research, hypothesis testing, experimental designs, modes of observation, sampling, validity, and data analysis and interpretation. Students undertake an intensive research project. Prerequisite: Introductory statistics course.

HCDE 545 Research Methods II (4)
Provides hands-on experience with qualitative research methods with particular emphasis on how ethnographic fieldwork methods (e.g., interviewing and participant observation) are used in human centered design and engineering. Students undertake an intensive research project at a field site, collecting and analyzing data.

HCDE 546 Design Thinking (4)
Examines how design in enacted within disciplines, exploring commonalities and differences in design practices. Surveys empirical studies of design practices and approaches.

HCDE 547 Academic Development Seminar (1, max. 10)
Addresses academic research and professional competencies necessary for doctoral students. Credit/no-credit only.

HCDE 548 Advanced Topics in Human Centered Design and Engineering (4, max. 20)
In-depth examination of a specialized topic in an emerging area of human centered design and engineering.
Instructor Course Description: Cecilia Aragon Sean A Munson

HCDE 561 Advanced Japanese for Technical and Business Professions 1 (4) Tsutsui
Focuses on reading skills (e.g., vocabulary, phrases, grasping main ideas and paragraph structure) and familiarizes students with Japanese web sites and web reading tools. Students also develop the skills necessary for giving oral reports on technical/business articles. Teaches skills for writing summaries. Prerequisite: HCDE 463. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Michio Tsutsui

HCDE 562 Advanced Japanese for Technical and Business Professions 2 (4) Tsutsui
Further develops reading skills. Students read more extensively, expand their technical/business vocabulary, and improve skills for grasping main ideas quickly. Students also improve oral skills for report giving and discussion and writing skills for emails and summaries. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: HCDE 561. Offered: W.

HCDE 563 Advanced Japanese for Technical and Business Professions 3 (4) Tsutsui
Integrates the reading, oral, and writing skills acquired through the first-year and second-year technical/business Japanese sequences. Students work on research projects, give formal presentations, and submit project reports. Substantial individual readings are involved as well as individual conferences with the instructor on research methods, readings, and report drafts. Prerequisite: HCDE 562. Offered: Sp.

HCDE 592 Capstone Planning (1)
Helps students define capstone topics, form project teams, and develop initial concepts, deliverables, and schedules for the HCDE capstone project.

HCDE 593 Capstone (4)
Capstone design experience. Integration of knowledge and skills acquired during program into one project. Prerequisite: HCDE 518; HCDE 592.

HCDE 596 Directed Research in Human Centered Design and Engineering (1-5, max. 18)
Students, working in teams under the supervision of individual faculty members, review relevant literature, pose research questions, design and conduct studies, and present the results in papers prepared either for submission to a professional journal or for presentation at a professional conference. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
Instructor Course Description: Jan Spyridakis Mark R Zachry

HCDE 597 Approaches to Teaching Technical Communication (1-2, max. 2)
Examines theory and practice of teaching engineering undergraduate students written and oral technical communication competencies, strategies for developing teaching skills and philosophies. Teaching seminar for instructors of HCDE 231 and HCDE 333. Prerequisite: concurrent teaching appointment or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

HCDE 599 Special Projects (1-5, max. 5)
Written report required. Prerequisite: permission of graduate adviser or committee chair. Offered: AWSpS.

HCDE 601 Internship (2-10, max. 10)
Written report required. Prerequisite: permission of committee chair. Offered: AWSpS.

HCDE 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
Prerequisite: permission of thesis adviser. Offered: AWSpS.

HCDE 800 Doctoral Dissertation ([1-10]-)
Prerequisite: permission of thesis adviser. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.