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PhD Degree Courses

PhD students may take up to two MS-level courses. To do so, you must contact the Academic Services Manager with your request. Please view the UW Time Schedule for current course listings.

HCDE 521 Seminar: Current Issues in Human Centered Design & Engineering (1, max. 2)
Presentations on current issues in human centered design & engineering. Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: HCDE graduate student status or permission of instructor. Fall series consists of  HCDE faculty presentations. Winter series is the UX Speaker Series.

HCDE 523 Dub Seminar (1, max. 3)
Exploration of advanced issues in human centered design and engineering research and practice. See for location and speaker information. Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: HCDE PhD student status or permission of instructor.

HCDE 541 Grant Writing for Career Development (4)
This course introduces the steps of compiling a grant proposal, with an emphasis on increasing research fluency. Provides hands-on experience with communicating research topics for the purpose of applying for grant support.

HCDE 542 Theoretical Foundations in Human Centered Design & Engineering (4)
Examination of theories that inform work in human centered design and engineering, focusing particularly on communication and interaction design theories. Topics include complexities of communication as it is configured in different theoretical frameworks, implications of these different configurations, and why these differences matter to people engaged in professional practice/research.

HCDE 543 Empirical Traditions in Human Centered Design & Engineering (4)
Introduces empirical traditions that inform research and practice in the field of human centered design and engineering. Topics include epistemological assumptions underlying research approaches and a survey of empirical methods.

HCDE 544 Research Methods I (4)
Introduces experimental, quasi-experimental, and related research methods in human centered design and engineering. Examines the relationship between theory and research, hypothesis testing, experimental designs, modes of observation, sampling, validity, and data analysis and interpretation. Students undertake an intensive research project. Prerequisite: Introductory statistics course.

HCDE 545 Research Methods II (4)
Provides hands-on experience with qualitative research methods with particular emphasis on how ethnographic fieldwork methods (e.g., interviewing and participant observation) are used in human centered design and engineering. Students undertake an intensive research project at a field site, collecting and analyzing data.

HCDE 546 Design Thinking (4)
Examines how design in enacted within disciplines, exploring commonalities and differences in design practices. Surveys empirical studies of design practices and approaches.

HCDE 547 Academic Development Seminar (1, max. 10)
Addresses academic research and professional competencies necessary for doctoral students. Credit/no-credit only.

HCDE 548 Advanced Topics in Human Centered Design & Engineering (4, max. 20)
In-depth examination of a specialized topic in an emerging area of human centered design and engineering.

HCDE 596 Directed Research in Human Centered Design & Engineering (1–5, max. 18; Current Directed Research Groups)
Students, working in teams under the supervision of individual faculty members, review relevant literature, pose research questions, design and conduct studies, and present the results in papers prepared either for submission to a professional journal or for presentation at a professional conference. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. 
Current Directed Research group descriptions

HCDE 598 Special Topics (1–5, max. 6)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

HCDE 599 Special Projects (1–5, max. 5)*
Written report required. Prerequisite: permission of graduate adviser or committee chair.

HCDE 601 Internship (2–10, max. 10)*
Written report required. Prerequisite: permission of graduate Advisor.

HCDE 800 Doctoral Dissertation (1–10, max. 30)*

*see Variable Credit Registration policy

Additional Doctoral Electives
For more information about these electives, please contact the Academic Services Manager.

HCDE 510 Information Design (4)
Examination of the design principles and procedures underlying the creation of both print and electronic information presentations. Topics include: print vs. electronic media, designing for the page and screen, information topologies, and hypermedia. Seminar includes a design project.

HCDE 511 Information Visualization (4)
Covers the design and presentation of digital information. Uses graphics, animation, sound, and other modalities in presenting information to users. Studies understanding vision and perception. Includes methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis; and incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces.

HCDE 518 User-Centered Design (4)
Explores the user-centered design paradigm from a broad perspective, emphasizing how user research and prototype assessment can be integrated into different phases of the design process. Students learn to think like a user-centered designer and carry out activities that are key to user-centered design. Offered: jointly with IND E 545.