User Experience and Design (UXD)
Course No.: MIS 4741
Level: Undergraduate Level
User Experience Applications (UXA)
Course No.: MIS 583
Level: Graduate Level
User experience (UX) refers to a comprehensive view of human-technology interaction. This view not only covers typical usability issues, such as number and type of errors encountered by a person during interaction with a technology, but also the individual’s entire experience with that technology, including thoughts, perceptions, and feelings.
Studies show that understanding user experience is essential in developing user centered products and services. Both courses provide a comprehensive set of instructions for measuring user experience. In both courses students practice identifying opportunities for user experience design and applications . They also practice designing competitive user experiences.
One of the cutting-edge tools in UX research is eye tracking. Following a user’s gaze can help designers see their products and services (literally) through a user’s eyes. Both UXA and UXD courses use eye-tracking techniques for measuring cognitive processes such as attention and interest s well as for providing a more complete picture of human-technology interaction.
The principles and metrics covered in the UXA and UXD courses are not specific to a product (e.g., websites, games, tools, etc.) or to a technology (desktop computers, tablets PCs, smart phones, etc.). Students will use these principles to solve problems of their choice.
The graduate level UXA course (MIS 583) would be particularly helpful to those students who currently work in a design/development area or those who wish to pursue a career as a user experience expert. The undergraduate UXD course (MIS 4741) would be particularly helpful to those students who are interested in designing intuitive interfaces such as those controlled through gaze and gesture..