Designing the User Experience
About this course
Page last updated 13 February 2017
Human-centred design approaches provide the foundation for successful, usable and useful digital products and services. A rounded UX strategy includes customer research, user-centred design and prototyping and usability testing and evaluation. This module focusses on methods for understanding people's characteristics and approaches to tasks, then designing for them in a range of contexts and media.
Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.
Careers / Further study
This module can be taken as a stand alone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Information Management and Information Technology Awards.
This module will cover the following topic areas:
- Nature of Interaction Design: User experience; the scope and character of interaction design activities.
- Human characteristics and diversity: Physiological and psychological attributes; ergonomics; memory; cognition problem solving, reasoning and skills acquisition; implications for interaction design and development.
- User experience and Usability: Principles and concepts, guidelines and standards.
- Input and Output devices: Traditional and emerging Technologies.
- Interaction Methods and Concepts: Dialogue type and techniques, interfaces to support navigation; conceptual models and metaphors.
- User-centred design process and methodologies: User centred lifecycle models, methods for identifying user requirement; task analysis; iterative prototyping; socio-technical models; participatory design.
- Evaluation: Goals and methods of evaluation.
- New and emerging interaction paradigms: Ubiquitous and pervasive computing; wearable computing; virtual and augmented reality; attentive environments; tangible bits.
Learning and Teaching
This module is taught in weekly workshops. Engagement with and understanding of the topics is facilitated through practical activities and the opportunity for critical analysis and reflection.
Extensive course material is available online including presentations, reading and case studies. The coursework is designed to encourage students independently to research topics and to present their findings in class.
Assessment will be through a portfolio of small projects and a written exam.
The University has excellent facilities, accessible to all students, as required; however, it is expected that much of the work will be carried out within the work environment.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Supplementary fee information
Bookings for the 2016/17 run of this module are now closed. Please complete an enquiry form to receive information once the 2017/18 academic year run of this module becomes available.
UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
How to apply
For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.
For further information
- Email: For all queries, please complete the online enquiry form above.
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87265