Introduction to User Experience Design

Open Online

Course Description

User Experience design is design that is user centered. The goal is to design artifacts that allow the users to meet their needs in the most effective efficient and satisfying manner. The course introduces the novice to a cycle of discovery and evaluation and a set of techniques that meet the user's needs.

This course is geared toward the novice. It is for learners that have heard about "user experience" or "user interface" design but don't really know much about these disciplines.

The course mantra is that “Design is a systematic and data driven process.” Design is systematic because it is based on a set of techniques and also on a cycle of discovery.

In this course the learner is introduced to the four step user interface design cycle. Along the way learners are exposed to a set of techniques to gather information about a) what the user needs b)how to design and model interfaces based on these and then how to evaluate the design to ascertain that the user's goals are met. These techniques are tools that are used in a standardized manner and give us the data we use in our design.

This means that anyone (regardless of their current training) that is willing to learn these techniques and follow the proposed cycle can be a UX designer!

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn rudimentary lexicon, concepts and techniques related to user experience design
  • Be familiarized with the 4 step design cycle (requirements gathering, designing alternatives, prototyping and evaluation) and related techniques
  • Internalize that design is a systematic and data driven process
  • Know what it is to design system that are useful and usable
  • Learn the bases of design evaluation

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Who Should Attend

Beginners who are wanting to learn about design. In this class you will be introduced to basic concepts related to user experience design.


  • Understanding the user and what her goals are
  • What are the current practices
  • Once you understand the users, their goals, and their current practices (e.i., the problem space) you are able to take this data and develop various design options that will improve the user experience
  • Techniques for modelling the novel designs before a final version is produced
  • A set of techniques for ascertaining that your design meets the needs of the user

Technology Requirements

Verify you meet the minimum technology requirements for this section.

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Course Info

Course ID: DL 0022M
Course Format: Online