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Mini Masters in User Experience Design

Start with this course to learn the underlying psychology and sociology that guides user design for making a system interface usable.

Course Overview: 

You’ve heard the term user experience.  You sort of know it means making human-computer interactions better and that it might be important to your organization.  Welcome to the one course that will tell you in one week what this field is all about.  Through working on a real industry problem guided by five experts in the field, you will learn how to conduct research on your potential users, design viable interfaces and rapidly build test-up mockups and conduct full-fledged evaluations of your designs. You will also learn how to take back what you learned and sell these ideas to your organization. 


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Who Should Attend: 

 - Business analysts

 - Software developers

 - Graphic designers

 - Marketing personnel

 - Anyone looking for a new and exciting career

Acquired Skills: 

This course provides lecture and project based instruction. Over a fun and intense six-day course, you will form project teams to tackle a unique and interesting business objective. Immersed in an actual business project environment, complete with client stakeholders and deliverables, you and your team will directly apply course principles to your project. Each course project uses real-world examples: students will work with both actual physical products as well as building a supporting online property. Ultimately, whether you are developing a product, a web interface, a mobile app, or a new workflow, this course will “weaponize” you with the skills you need to ensure the experience you create supports the bottom-line business goals.


Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

• Research, analyze, and present UX findings and recommendations
• Understand the value of UXD and how to include it as an integral part of the software life cycle at your company
• Apply UXD principles in your current role (e.g. Business Analysts will learn how to collect and apply contextual and workflow design requirements to requirements gathering)
• Quantify usability of an interface by formulating and measuring usability requirements
• Understand and apply user interface engineering principles that guide the design of an interface
• Select appropriate prototyping methods and/or software and construct rapid prototypes
• Participate in formative usability evaluation and apply the results to redesign
• Speak the language of UXD to business and IT teams, which helps ensure software excellence while demonstrating personal credibility
• Advocate and evangelize UXD in your team and organization

Course Outline: 

The program is composed of lectures and a project organized into six course modules. It draws on examples from real projects, told firsthand by instructors who have brought UXD to all stages of Product and Software Development. 

Module 1: UXD Basics


  • Intro to UXD
  • The UXD Lifecycle
  • 5 Simple Rules of UX
  • Applying the 5 Simple Rules

Module 2: Contextual Inquiry

  • Contextual Design
  • Solving a Design Problem

Module 3: Psychology of Design

  • Bridging the Art and the Science of Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Sketching the User Interface

Module 4: Interface Prototyping Techniques

  • Paper Prototyping
  • Prototyping with Software Toolkits
  • High-Level Prototyping Tools

Module 5: Usability Evaluation

  • Usability Study Preparation
  • Usability Testing Techniques


Module 6: Designing for Accessibility

  • Usability Study Preparation
  • Usability Testing Techniques


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Please contact us for more information.

Do you offer a discount if several people from my company attend?

Absolutely!  Discounts vary depending on number of employees.  ... read more

How are these courses related to the Masters Degree Rutgers offers in UXD?

The UXD courses are the same ones we require of our UXD Master’s students. They are in each course at a ratio of... read more

I need to be in a four hour conference call on (Mon, Tue, Wed, etc.) Is this okay?

The UXD courses are too intense for conducting personal work within the course time. In addition, you will be... read more

What do the follow-on UXD courses teach that I didn't learn in the base course?

In the initial course in UXD, we cover the entire process of good design beginning with user research and ending... read more

I already build web pages. Do I really need this course?

This course will show you how UX fits into what you do. It is not focused on web page design but on User Experience... read more

I already have a degree in Graphic Design. Do I really need this course?

Only a small part of this course is related to visual design. The course is intended to give an overview of the... read more

I heard that this course has a final exam. Do I have to take it?

As a non credit registration, you only have to take the final exam and carry out the additional work assigned in the... read more

I need wireless access during the class? Will it be available?

Wireless access is provided in most classrooms. However, we do not expect participants to be answering emails during... read more

Can I get University credit for the class?

It is possible for future credit.  While we cannot guarantee credit will be accepted by other institutions, we... read more

What should I read to prepare for my first UXD course?

No reading is required for the course unless you are taking the course as part of your MBS Master’s. In this case,... read more

A note from UXD Staff:

The next offering of Mini Masters in User Experience Design will take place 02/02/2015 to 02/06/2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The class will meet for 5 days which will be held in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We hope you can join us. If you can't make this session, check below for more offerings.

All offerings of this course:

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Format Date Time Instructor Location Price
5 Days 02/02/2015 to 02/06/2015 9:00am to 5:00pm UXD Staff New Brunswick, New Jersey $3,299
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