Week 1 (Sep 6 - 12)

What is usability and user experience design?
Create team project group by Sep 13th
Course Overview
Introduction to UX Design
Usability 101: Introduction to Usability

Week 2 (Sep 13 - 19)

What does a holistic user experience design process look like?
Project Proposal due Sep 19th
The Process of UX Design
Designing Digital Products with Mental Models
In-class office hours (tentative)

Week 3 (Sep 20 - 26)

How to make more strategic design decisions?
Project Brief and Reflective Log due Sep 26th
Strategic UX Design
3 Keys to Aligning UX with Business Strategy
In-class office hours (tentative)

Week 4 (Sep 27 - Oct 3)

How to conduct a usability inspection?
Usability Inspection assignment due Oct 10th
Usability Inspection Report Template
User Interface Inspections
An Overview of Expert Heuristic Evaluations
In-class office hours (tentative)

Week 5 (Oct 4 - 10)

How to understand and communicate people's needs and behaviors?
User Research
A Five-Step Process For Conducting User Research
In-class office hours (tentative)

Week 6 (Oct 11 - 17)

How to plan, conduct, and summarize usability tests?
Usability Inspection assignment peer reviews due Oct 17th
Usability Inspection
The Art of Guerrilla Usability Testing

Week 7 (Oct 18 - 24)

How to explore and communicate possible design solutions?
User Research and Usability Benchmarks and Reflective Log due Nov 7th
Team Member Evaluation for assignment #3 due in class Nov 8th
Informed Consent Materials
The Skeptic’s Guide To Low-Fidelity Prototyping

Week 8 (Oct 25 - Oct 31)

How to design products for how people think, learn and feel?
Interaction Design
A Lean UX Iteration on Dropbox Photos
In-class office hours (tentative)

Week 9 (Nov 1 - 7)

How to design for mobile and multi-device usage?
Mobile and Multi-device Design
Mobile first - Insights from going mobile only
In-class office hours (tentative)

Week 10 (Nov 8 - 14)

What are the essentials of effective visual communication?
Design Mockups and Usability Tests and Reflective Log due Nov 28th
Team Member Evaluation for assignment #4 due via email Nov 28th
Informed Consent Materials
Visual Design Essentials
The Impact of Aesthetics on Attitudes Towards Websites
In-class office hours (tentative)

Week 11 (Nov 15 - 21)

Instructor Design Review Meetings
How to Give and Receive Criticism

Week 12 (Nov 22 - 28)

Special Topics/Industry Guest Speakers