User-Centered Interaction Design

Sep - Feb, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Students in this course will learn to:

  • Learn fundamental concepts, principles, and skills of User-Centered Interaction Design, and apply them to in-class exercises and to their design project.

  • Effectively present and communicate the progress of their design project at each milestone (in total six) to their peer classmates and the instructor.

  • Produce and present a poster/demo for their craft in an end-of-semester project showcase open to invited guests as well as the public.


User Experience and Usability Evaluation

Feb - June, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

The course objective is to teach how to assess needs and behavior of target users and how to systematically evaluate the usability and functionality of interactive systems using a variety of methods. These are core skills and concepts that most HCI and UX professionals will use on a daily basis. Specifically, students will learn to:

  • Investigate needs and behaviors of target users

  • Evaluate the usability, usefulness, and acceptability of interactive systems

  • Select among diverse evaluation methods for specific goals and types of systems

  • Give presentations that effectively communicate results of evaluations and argue for the validity and relevance of methods chosen on any specific requirements for materials or time commitment outside of class.