Propose a Usability Studies Project

All HCDE graduate students are required to take a course on usability studies. In this 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. 

Annually in autumn quarter, HCDE accepts proposals for the winter quarter usability studies courses; during this time industry and academic partners are encouraged to submit their projects that could benefit from a usability study.

How it works

  • Deadline to submit projects: January 8
  • 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 hcdecap@uw.edu to discuss your options.