Current Students

Courses & Scheduling

Autumn Quarter

Students take one course only.

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.

Winter Quarter

Students must take HCDE 517 and HCDE 521.

HCDE 517 Usability Studies (4): Discusses the human-computer interface (HCI) as the communicative aspect of a computer system. Analyzes usability issues in HCI design, explores design-phase methods of predictability, and introduces evaluative methods of usability testing.

HCDE 521 UX Speaker Series (1): Industry experts present on current issues and research in User Experience (UX) research and design. Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: HCDE graduate student status or permission of instructor. 

In addition, students may elect to take HCDE 508 Visual Communication this quarter if space is available. For some students, this may allow them to finish the UCD Certificate in Winter Quarter.

HCDE 508 Visual Communication (4): Reviews principles of visual communication and design used in HCDE so that students gain a systematic and critical understanding so they can create visual communication components of print and interactive media. Students develop this understanding through hands-on exercises, design critiques, discussions, lectures, and readings in a studio environment.

Spring Quarter

Students choose one of the following electives:

HCDE 508 Visual Communication (4): Reviews principles of visual communication and design used in HCDE so that students gain a systematic and critical understanding so they can create visual communication components of print and interactive media. Students develop this understanding through hands-on exercises, design critiques, discussions, lectures, and readings in a studio environment.

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 536 Interaction Design & Prototyping (4): Investigates advanced topics in the theory and practice of interaction design, using a project-oriented approach. Develops expertise in design, development, and critique of solutions in online and mobile platforms. Examines issues such as interaction theory, requirements and specifications, design language, prototyping, evaluation, and presentation of projects. Prerequisite: HCDE 518.