Program Overview

The Design of User Experience minor is a 20-credit program that provides students with knowledge and skills in designing and improving user experience of information products. Through this minor, students acquire analytical thinking and hands-on skills to work in a wide range of industries, particularly in information technology services and digital innovation. This minor can be an excellent complement to a degree in communication, business, computer science and psychology.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the minor in Design of User Experience will:

  • Understand fundamental concepts in design of user experience
  • Differentiate usability and user experience, testing and design
  • Utilize design thinking in the discovery of design solutions
  • Gather, organize, and distill user requirements
  • Adopt effective methods in exploring, analyzing, and evaluating design solutions
  • Apply user experience knowledge and skills in major area of study

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Up to eight (8) credits may be transferred.

Transfer courses may be applicable to minor requirements. The university's degree audit system (DARS) will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to minor requirements; other transfer courses must be approved by the coordinator of the Design of User Experience minor.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 20 total credits)

Design of User Experience Required Courses (12 credits)

  • WRIT 372 Document and Information Design I
    4 credits

    Methods and techniques of document and information design, including principles of graphic design, audience analysis, portfolio development, and use of professional software tools.

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  • WRIT 574 Usability and User Experience
    4 credits

    This course focuses on usability and user experience for technical and information products. Students learn concepts, principles, processes, and methods of usability and user experience. Students work in teams and conduct a usability study systematically to improve an information product. Topics also include usability in business and organizational settings, usability workflow and governance. Students will also interact with user experience professionals.

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  • WRIT 577 Design of User Experience
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to design of user experience. Students learn how to discover user needs and desires and conceptualize designs that provide excellent user experience.

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  • ICS 225 Web Design and Implementation
    4 credits

    This course focuses on how to design and implement information services over the Internet from the client side. The course focuses on both usability and client-side scripting. Topics include the principles, strategies and policies of web page design, including the rules of good interface design, human factors, ethical concerns and information security. Through labs and programming projects, students also learn how to use current scripting and markup languages and how to employ state-of-the-art tools to embed interactive pages into Web-based applications.

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  • ICS 321 Multimedia Design and Programming
    4 credits

    This course studies the principles and practices of multimedia design and production. Students learn about planning, organizing and managing a multimedia production. The class works through various stages of production using several multimedia authoring tools including: screen layout and interface design; creation and modification of graphic elements; project layout, design and navigation; scripting (programming).

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  • PSYC 309 Cognitive Psychology
    4 credits

    This course covers topics that span the full range of specializations within the field of cognitive psychology; such as attention, learning, memory, thinking and problem solving, decision making, language, intelligence and creativity. Applications of this information to education, business and mental health are provided. This course is well-suited to students interested in education, as well as psychology, and is often preparation for graduate study in psychology or education.

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  • WRIT 373 Writing and Designing for the Web I
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to the principles, processes, and techniques of front-end Web development. Students gain solid knowledge and practical skills in HTML, CSS, website genres, design patterns, Web writing, and usability. Students will analyze and build websites. Students must already possess basic satisfactory digital literacy, such as managing files and folders, and adding and removing programs.

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  • WRIT 573 Writing and Designing for the Web II
    4 credits

    This course builds on knowledge and skills learned in WRIT 373 (e.g., HTML, CSS, web writing) and expands training of technical skills and Web development strategy. Advanced topics include content strategy, responsive design for mobile interfaces, information architecture, user experience, and extensive training of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery. Elements of Web strategy and collaborative work are also covered. Students use professional software tools. Students must possess intermediate or advanced digital skills.

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  • MDST 580 Issues in Communication Technology
    4 credits

    This course is concerned with the impact communication technologies have had and continue to have on human societies. The course begins with a brief examination of two technologies that have had a profound impact on how people think about communication. It looks at the background and impact of current technologies. And it also looks at new and emerging technologies - such as hypermedia, neural nets, virtual reality - speculating about how these technologies will change people in the near future and later in the twenty-first century.

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  • MDST 583 Online Education and Training
    4 credits

    This course is designed to provide information and experience integrating media into training and education with an emphasis on instructional design, online communities, and online collaboration. Students learn concepts and techniques to enable them to analyze various online learners and learning situations and to choose appropriate approaches.

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