Focus on improving experiences and engagement for end-users. Adopt a design first approach to create meaningful, useful and functional interfaces. Apply user-centred design to develop interactive systems considering people’s abilities and limits.
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- 29 May 2023
- 27 Nov 2023
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Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:
- analyse users’ needs, usability goals and user experience goals of a small-to-medium-sized software application
- understand the components of a design plan and apply user-centred design process from requirement gathering to user studies and evaluation
- critically analyse usability of sample interfaces and identify key features that make an outstanding user-centred interface, and evaluate the usability of a small-to-medium-sized software application
- create a ‘usability checklist’ that enhances the usability of a web or mobile application, in order to summarize and explain usability concepts, relevant alternatives, and decision recommendations to your peers and IT specialists
- apply software and paper prototyping tools to design user interfaces that take into account human capabilities and constraints, users’ needs, usability goals and user experience goals
- synthesize the design and evaluation of various components of user interface effectively in teams in and peer-review team members’ works and contributions.
- What is UCD?
- Identifying users
- The UCD design process
- Getting Feedback
- Interface Design
- Interaction Patterns 1
- UCD on mobile devices
- Accessibility and testing
- Industry perspective (guest)
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Other requirements - Stable broadband connection required to access online learning materials and live chat sessions/recordings. (note: mobile broadband users may have difficulties participating in live chat sessions) Unrestricted broadband access to use online prototyping tools such as Invision an advantage.
This is an introductory course to user-centred design and usability experience; consequently, if you have already completed User Interface Design or User Interface Programming, you do not need to take this course.
User-centred design is a design methodology that focuses on the needs of end users, limitations of end users, preferences of end users, and business objectives. This course is concerned with the development of interactive systems with a strong focus on user-centred design and usability principles. You will learn what characteristics of a user interface can make it easy or hard for people to use, and how to design user interfaces that take into account human capabilities and constraints. The emphasis will be on design first (iteratively, on paper or with prototyping tools). The design principles you learn here will be applied in the follow up courses in web and mobile application development.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (30%)
- Invigilated Exam (50%)
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