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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: 

User Experience isn’t just about making interfaces “easy and engaging to use” – it’s about business. As expectations for mobile, web and interactive experiences continue to rise, successful companies are no longer viewing UX as a nice-to-have, side-priority initiative. They have embraced UX as a fundamental strategy to achieve their business goals. To create truly successful and engaging experiences, businesses must understand their users’ needs and motivations and be able to align those to the goals of the business.


This growing strategic UX mindset has evolved alongside recent discussion in the UX industry around Agile/LeanUX thinking and practice. This is in part a recognition that the pace of business, and the UX methods that inform it, are evolving quickly. To keep up with the competition, flexible and pragmatic approaches to advancing UX are often required.


Today, the market for UX skills has never been greater, as more companies begin to realize the importance of hiring UX professionals. 


If you are looking to add or enhance UX skills to support your current role, trying to bring UXD into your organization, or considering the field of UX as a new career, the Rutgers UXD course is for you.


Led by a multi-disciplinary team of instructors from industry, business, and academia, you will learn everything from research techniques and best design practices to the underlying psychology and sociology that guides user-focused design. You will ‘learn by doing' in a highly interactive team environment that progresses throughout the week, enabling you to practice the techniques with direct coaching from instructors. You will leave the course thinking differently, with the knowledge of how to apply UXD into your business using methods that are immediately transferable to your daily job.


Get Masters credit for this course!  Students have the option of signing up for an additonal assessment portion to the course, which will enable students to receive a letter grade they can apply to the Masters in Business and Science (MBS) UXD concentration offered at Rutgers. It is completely optional, and you can choose to add this assessment portion during the registration process for an additional fee.


Who Should Attend: 

This program is designed for a wide variety of professionals, including business analysts, market researchers, project managers, software engineers, programmers, designers, executives/managers from IT, Marketing and Business. Anyone involved in the design and development of software, products, and services can benefit from this course. It assumes no prior background in psychology, sociology, human factors, or the disciplines that form the basis for the course content.

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: Introduction to UXD & User Research

  • Intro to UXD
  • The UXD Lifecycle
  • Intro to User Research


Module 2: Design

  • Visual Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Design Studio 


Module 3: Prototyping

  • Prototyping and Lean UX
  • Building Prototypes using Balsamiq


Module 4: Usability Testing

  • Usability Studies
  • Prototyping with Software Toolkits
  • Analyzing Usability Study Results


Module 5: Accessibility and Evangelization

  • Designing for Accessibility
  • UXD Evangelism - Helping your Organization Strategize with UX


Concentrated Short Course Certificate Programs


Our mini-Masters certificate program offers: An overview of the key concepts, tools, and techniques that are required to succeed in today’s challenging technology environment. The programs feature focused learning experiences and case studies centered on vital subject areas in technology and software. Each program is focused on in depth investigations into both the technology and business strategies necessary for today’s professionals.


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 Masters 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 have... 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 Masters Degree. In this case... read more

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