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User Experience Design


This class aims at familiarising students with both the theory behind the discipline of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and the practical process of User eXperience (UX) design. Students not only develop an awareness and appreciation of the crucial implications of good interfaces in terms of overall system performance and user satisfaction, but also learn core skills needed in order to identify user requirements, envision interfaces and processes, and evaluate competing design options. Students will work in small teams of 3-5 to drive a design project from start to finish. Core skills are introduced in hands-on classes, interspersed with lectures and discussions about the underlying theory.






  • The UX Book: Process and Guidelines for Ensuring a Quality User Experience; Rex Hartson and Pardha Pyla; Morgan Kaufmann, 2012, ISBN: 0123852412.

Supplemental Reading:

  • About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design 3/E; Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin; Wiley, 2007, ISBN 0470084111
  • The Design of Everyday Things; Donald A. Norman; Basic Books, 2002, ISBN 9780465067107
  • Designing Interactions; Bill Moggridge; MIT Press, 2007, ISBN 0262134748
  • Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook; Saul Greenberg, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nicolai Marquardt and Bill Buxton; Morgan Kaufmann, 2011, ISBN 0123819598
  • Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics; Thomas Tullis, William Albert; Morgan Kaufmann, 2008, ISBN 0123735580
  • Quantifying the User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research; Jeff Sauro, James R Lewis;  Morgan Kaufmann, 2012, ISBN 0123849683
  • Observing the User Experience; Elizabeth Goodman (Author), Mike Kuniavsky (Author), Andrea Moed;  Second Edition, A Practitioner's Guide to User Research, Morgan Kaufmann, 2012, 0123848695

In general, students are strongly encouraged to use additional sources, such as journals and Web content starting from the very extensive HCI bibliography web site, maintained by Gary Perlman.

We also highly recommend that students browse the USI library, in particular the HCI-dedicated shelf, Dewey code 004.019, where students should find relevant textbooks. The lecturers will also regularly point out additional relevant papers for students to read and discuss according to the class schedule."



Landoni M.

Course director

Langheinrich M.

Course director

Alian Nejadi M.


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