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ICS 631 User Experience and Design Thinking

This course provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in designing user experience. Students learn how to discover user needs and desires, conceptualize user-centered designs, and test design solutions. Classes will cover latest industry trends, scholarship, and emerging technologies in user experience.

Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Note: Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.
4 Graduate credits

Effective May 3, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • To enhance the user experience.
  • To incorporate latest breakthroughs in HCI.
  • To do interaction design effectively.
  • To use user cognition framework.
  • To choose most usable interaction among alternatives.
  • To use scenarios in creating a design.
  • Ability to apply evaluation methods to test and measure usability.
  • Ability to design disabilities accommodation in accordance to regulations.
  • Ability to apply fundamentals of social media communication.
  • Ability to structure a data presentation for maximum understandability.
  • Ability to use modern user interaction interface development tools.
  • Demonstrate expertise in reading peer reviewed papers infield of HCI and explain them in writing.

Summer 2023

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 User Experience and Design Thinking Jayne, Katherine L Books for ICS-631-50 Summer 2023 Course details for ICS-631-50 Summer 2023