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IDIA Course Descriptions

  • IDIA 602 GRAPHIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES (3)

    Emphasizes strategies for visual problem-solving and techniques for creating comprehensive layouts using principles of design and typography. Hands-on course for students with a limited background in graphic design. Pass/fail grading. Lab fee required.

  • IDIA 612 INTERACTION DESIGN (3)

    Explores electronic 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 HTML Proficiency Exam.

  • IDIA 614 SEQUENTIAL VISUALIZATION AND ANALYSIS (3)

    Teaches students to use sequential visual narratives—storyboards, flowcharts, prototypes and simulations—as analysis tools for the development of information systems. The course draws on theoretical approaches to film as well as other forms of visual storytelling, including animation, illustration and comics. Through a series of practical, analytical and creative projects, students learn to apply storyboards and limited multimedia prototypes to interface design and develop content. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 660 or passing score on Hypermedia Proficiency Exam

  • IDIA 616 DESIGNING FOR MOBILE WEB (3)

    Hands-on application and site development for the mobile Web. Students learn current programming languages and development environments for the latest mobile devices and work intensively on a major mobile design project. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 660 or passing score on the Hypermedia Proficiency Exam

  • IDIA 618 DYNAMIC WEB SITES (3)

    Familiarizes students with the basic concepts and vocabulary of website programming, including application scripting, and database management. Provides students with the fundamental skills required to develop and maintain a dynamic, data-driven website. Each student develops a complete website using a simple text editor to create and manipulate relational data, learn a middleware markup language to store and retrieve data and control the rules of interaction, and write HTML to format data and control display. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on HTML Proficiency Exam.

  • IDIA 619 PROGRAMMING FOR UX DESIGN (3)

    Practical and theoretical introduction to genres, strategies and techniques for producing client-side interactive projects for the Internet. Students use a scripting language to create interactive information tools such as games, simulations and dynamic websites. Background readings provide theoretical and practical context for development of individual projects. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on HTML Proficiency Exam.

  • IDIA 630 INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE (3)

    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 660 or passing score on Hypermedia Proficiency Exam

  • IDIA 640 HUMANS, COMPUTERS, AND COGNITION (3)

    Introduces concepts, theories and methods that support the study of human-computer interaction and user-centered system design. Students apply concepts from cognitive psychology and visual processing to explore human problem-solving, learning, knowledge representation, and problems of interface design. Prepares students to understand and analyze research based on empirical study of human behavior in its variety and complexity and on models of learning and understanding. Lab fee required.

  • IDIA 642 RESEARCH METHODS FOR INTERACTION DESIGN (3)

    Introduces the chief methods for studying users' interactions with software and information resources in ways that support design decisions. Encompasses both quantitative and qualitative methods, including methods such as surveys, focus groups, field studies, and traditional usability studies. Lab fee required.

  • IDIA 712 TOPICS IN ADV INTERACTION DESIGN (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in advanced interaction design of mutual interest to students and faculty. Content varies according to the concurrent interests of faculty and students. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 660 or passing score on the hypermedia proficiency exam and IDIA 612

  • IDIA 715 MANAGING UX PROJECTS (3)

    Introduces students to managing projects that deal with interaction design, user research, and information architecture. Through project-based assignments, students learn how to scope, manage, and organize user experience teams. Lab fee required.

  • IDIA 730 TOPICS IN ADVANCED INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in advanced information architecture of mutual interest to students and faculty. Content varies according to the concurrent interests of faculty and students. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the hypermedia proficiency exam, and lDlA 630.

  • IDIA 742 TOPICS IN USER RESEARCH (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in user research of mutual interest to students and faculty. Content varies depending on the interests of faculty and students. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Lab Fee required. Prerequisite: PBDS 501 or passing score on the hypermedia proficiency exam in addition to IDIA 642

  • IDIA 750 SPECIAL TOPICS (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in hypermedia, information architecture or interaction design of mutual interest to students and faculty. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Lab fee required. prerequisite: PBDS 660 or passing score on Hypermedia Proficiency Exam

  • IDIA 790 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 - 3)

    Research or problem-solving project in some aspect of publications design. Topics and number of credits vary with individual student interests. Eligible for continuing studies grade. Lab fee required. prerequisite: permission of program director

  • IDIA 798 CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT (1)

    Provides continuing faculty direction, academic support services and enrollment services for students who have completed all course requirements for the degree but have not completed a thesis or final project. Course may be repeated for credit as needed. Grading is pass/fail. Prerequisite: completion of all course requirements for degree program.

  • IDIA 799 THESIS/ PROJECT (3 - 6)

    Preparation of a work of original research or a substantial interactive or interface project displaying practical knowledge of relevant research. Each student develops a substantial thesis project that incorporates user research. Projects and research are presented to program faculty for critique. Eligible for continuing studies (CS) grade. Lab fee required. Prerequisites: PBDS 501 or passing score on HTML Proficiency Exam, and permission of program director.

  • IDIA 810 PROSEMINAR (3)

    Provides students with the opportunity to build research contexts and refine plans for their degree projects. Engages students in constructive critique of project ideas and in sharing research resources and approaches. Lab fee required. Required of all D.S. doctoral students prior to taking the qualifying examination.

  • IDIA 842 METHODS FOR USER RESEARCH (3)

    Introduces empirical user research methods such as contextual inquiry, ethnographic field studies, card sorting, image collaging and usability testing that provide the foundation for user-centered interaction and communications design. Lab fee required.

  • IDIA 898 CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT (1)

    Provides continuing faculty direction, academic support services and enrollment services for students who have completed all course requirements for the degree but have not completed a thesis or final project. Course may be repeated for credit as needed. Grading is pass/fail. Prerequisite: completion of all course requirements for degree program.

  • IDIA 899 DISSERTATION (1 - 6)

    Research and work connected to the doctoral project under the direction of a faculty adviser. A minimum of 12 semester hours is required for the doctoral degree. Eligible for continuing studies (CS) grade. Lab fee required. Prerequisites: Permission of program director.

  • IDIA IRR INTER-INSTITUTIONAL COURSE (3)

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