INF 385P - Usability

Spring 2018
Unique ID: 27295
Prof:  Nordquist, Eric
Room: UTA 1.502
Days:  Wed
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Graduate standing.

The basics of user-centered design through the lifecycle of a software product. Includes perceptual, psychological, and other scientific underpinnings of usability and the justification for the application of usability engineering in software development. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

The roles and responsibilities of individuals contributing on a User Experience
(UX) team vary widely from company to company. A common UX team would
include members with specialties in Visual Design, Interaction Design, and
User Research. This course will focus solely on the role of User Researcher and
will teach the skills necessary to be successful in an industry environment.
Students will learn the methods used during a typical product development
lifecycle with a focus on data-driven results aimed at ensuring a successful
product adoption. We will pull from methods created within Human Factors
and other behavioral sciences to fully understand our users and adopt them to
fit in the fast paced, Agile, development frameworks in most corporate
The class will cover three major areas:
1. user research methods used throughout the entire product development
lifecycle; both generative/formative as well as evaluative methodologies
2. theoretical underpinnings of user behavior from the behavioral sciences
3. the justification (ROI) for the application of user research in a product
development lifecycle
The student successfully completing this class will:
- have a working understanding of the methods used by a user researcher
during a product development lifecycle
- understand the scientific background of the various methodologies and the
advantages and disadvantages of using each methodology
- learn the value of a data-driven approach to user research and how a focus
on ROI can help you be successful in a business environment

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