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Professional course

Designing the User Experience

About this course

Course code:
Z41000072
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Twelve two-hour sessions, scheduled over twelve continuous Wednesdays
Delivery:
Through weekly lectures and tutorial sessions
Programme leader:
Prof Praminda Caleb-Solly
Key fact:
This course can count towards one of our postgraduate qualifications within our Information Management and Information Technology Awards.

Page last updated 4 September 2019

Introduction

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.

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have industrial experience.

Overseas students need to have, in advance of application, either a valid student visa or evidence of residency status in the UK.

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 standalone 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

Structure

Content

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

The module is delivered through weekly lectures and tutorial sessions, which take place on consecutive weeks.

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.

Study time

This module will involve 2 hours direct contact time per week for one semester equally divided between lecture and tutorial sessions.

Each 15 credit course (module) is expected to take 150 hours to complete:

  • 24 hrs contact time trough lectures and face to face discussion
  • 30 hrs coursework preparation
  • 86 hrs assimilation and development of knowledge
  • 10 hrs exam preparation

Assessment

Assessment will be through a portfolio of small projects and a written exam.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

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.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

CohortJanuary 2020
UK/EU Participants£625
International Participants£1,083
Application DeadlineMonday 13 January 2020*

*Please note parking and refreshments are not included as part of your course fee

Course dates

 
CohortStart TimeSession Time
January 2020Wednesday 22 January 2020*9:30 - 11:30

*then every Wednesday until 01 April 2020; and 22 April 2020

Location

UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to apply

How to apply

As this module carries university accreditation, please note that once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university:

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
  • A brief personal statement to support your application
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
  • A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

Overseas participants will be required to provide evidence of visa status once accepted onto the course, before they can be fully registered and attend.

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For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or telephone number below. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Programme Leader, Prof Praminda Caleb-Solly.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927

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