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User Experience (UX) - Usability Studies   


  • Describe the intersection between human-centered design process and usability engineering 
  • Discuss usability design guidelines, their foundations, assumptions, advantages and weaknesses 
  • Understand the goals and principles of usability testing 
  • Assess user interfaces using different usability engineering techniques 
  • Understand usability as it relates to mobile devices 
  • Design a user interface based on analysis of human needs and prepare a prototype 
  • Recognize the pitfalls of relying on developer intuition for judging usable designs 
Usability refers to the factors that make a product, service or other technology systems easy for humans to use and understand. Typically, the more usable a system is, the more efficient the system will be, and the users will be more comfortable and satisfied with their use of the system. Usability considers human factors, ergonomics, psychology, and efficiency, and strives to make something that works for a range of people, without sacrificing functionality. In this course, students will analyze existing systems, use heuristics to communicate usability standards. Students will also create and test prototypes to understand how usability testing can improve human-computer interactions. This course explores several branches of user experience design, including interaction design, information architecture, navigation, and user needs.


  • User Experience Research is recommended, but not required 
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