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Propose a Usability Studies Project

In HCDE's usability studies course, students engage in product and user research, formulate an appropriate usability study, design and execute that study, and analyze and report on their findings. 

Industry and academic partners are encouraged to submit their projects that could benefit from a usability study.

How it works

  • Deadline to submit projects: December 30
  • Team size: 3-4 students
  • Duration: 10 weeks (January - March)
  • Student level: Master's
  • Expected output: Report and presentation summarizing finding and recommendations
  • Expected sponsor commitment: An introduction to the product, review of final report or presentation, and access to users or potential users and the product. A mid quarter check-in is often beneficial but not required. There is no cost to propose a usability studies project.

Submit your project proposal

To help you scope a project, you can review this example usability studies syllabus. Students generally complete an initial study proposal, an interaction or experience map, a study plan, a study kit, and a final report and presentation. Submit the project proposal form to provide your contact information and project overview.

Project Proposal Form


If you are interested in sponsoring a larger-scale project for either the undergraduate or graduate level, you may be interested in sponsoring a capstone project. Feel free to contact us at to discuss your options.

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HCDE students may conduct a portion of their user testing for this course remotely, through the generous support of UserTesting.