What is the course about?
Learn about user interface design. In order to answer the question “how usable is our/my website?”.
To answer this question you will need to employ different methods. These methods will help you assess the level of usability of your website.
Usability means that the people who use the product can do so quickly and easily.
The course will examine existing usability methods. You'll learn how to analyse an interface using expert evaluation forms as well as setting up a user testing session.
The course is mixture of theory and hands-on. Over the course you'll learn to use the different methods through theory, discussion, individual and group exercises.
What will we cover?
Fundamentals of user interface design
Usability - Requirements, Motivations and Measures
Inspection-Based usability evaluation (heuristic evaluation)
Collecting user data
Establishing requirements and building personas
Visual design principles for usable interfaces
User-based usability evaluation (user testing).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Recognise the foundation of user experience.
Evaluate an existing design.
Execute evaluation of a design through experts steps (heuristic evaluation).
Built personas for a site.
Setup a user testing session with expected user of the site or through the use of personas.
Analyse the collected data into actions as part of the user-centred design cycle.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at students who wish to learn more about the decisions making cycle of interface and interaction design of websites.
You should have knowledge of :
Basic computer skills (using a PC or Mac OS and a word editing programme). This course will be delivered on Apple Mac OS
HTML and CSS is desired but not essential
knowledge in image manipulation software is desired but not essential
You should also be able to follow spoken and written instructions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each student has their own computer.
Presentations will be made using computers, whiteboard, overhead screen and printed notes.
Demonstration and hands on exercises which will help you grasp some concepts.
This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a memory stick, pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
User experience and interface (UX/UI) : intermediate, HTML5 & CSS: introduction (stage 1).