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Certificate in User Experience (UX) Design Certificate Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2016 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Prerequisite: Upon admission, if you have not passed the Hypermedia Proficiency Examination (register online to take the exam), you are expected to complete PBDS 501: Introduction to Web Development with a grade of B or better before undertaking any other coursework; this course does not count toward the completion of the degree program.

This 12-credit program requires the following:

  • IDIA 612 Interaction and Interface Design (3 credits)

    Explores electronic publication environments as fluid spaces where interactions among people, machines and media (words, images, sounds, video, animations, simulations) must be structured for the unforeseen. The course focuses on planning, analyzing, prototyping and integrating interaction design with interface design. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam
  • IDIA 630 Information Architecture (3 credits)

    Teaches students to gather requirements data, model information structures and develop a variety of documents to communicate the information architecture to other participants, including technical experts, usability experts, clients and users. Students learn to determine a target audience, develop personas or user profiles, refine and validate requirements and create site maps and other “specs” and wire frames. Lab fee required.  prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam
  • IDIA 640 Human, Computers and Cognition (3 credits)

    Introduces concepts, theories and methods that support the study of human-computer interaction and user-centered system design. Major approaches to machine-mediated learning and understanding are surveyed, with an emphasis on problem-solving, knowledge representation, structure of knowledge systems and problems of interface design. Prepares students to understand and analyze research based on empirical study of human behavior and on models of learning and understanding. Lab fee required.
  • IDIA 642 Research Methods (3 credits)

    Introduces the chief methods for studying users’ interactions with software and information resources. Encompasses both quantitative and qualitative methods, including analysis of logs, indirect observation, traditional usability studies and ethnographic techniques. Lab fee required.

as of fall 2015