Feb 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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UX 1400 - Foundations of User Experience

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This workshop-style course introduces students to basic concepts of User Experience (UX) design and explores key roles, skills, tools, and career paths for a UX specialist. The course focuses on human behavior and its effects on UX design. Class projects provide students with foundations of information architecture (IA), visual design, website maps and task flows, wireframing, usability, user research, content creation for UX, and data for UX designer. Online videos, guest speakers, and class discussions help students develop a better sense of the field and career options. Students build a basic digital portfolio to start branding themselves as UX professionals. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand UX as a combination of tools, methods, and heuristics for creating customer/user-friendly products, processes, and services
  • Show awareness of various UX career types and job responsibilities
  • Exhibit literacy in psychology of design
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of key UX design principles, such as information architecture (IA), visual design, website maps and task flows, wireframing and prototyping, content creation, user research and usability testing
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of some UX prototyping and Wireframing in class projects
  • Build a basic digital portfolio in Weebly or any other alternative free website builder

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Key UX concepts
  • UX job market and careers
  • Psychology of Design: Behavior basics
  • Information architecture
  • Site maps and task flows
  • Prototypes and wireframes
  • Visual design basics
  • User research and usability testing
  • Content strategy
  • Data for UX designers
  • UX portfolios

Dr. Nadya Shalamova

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