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User Experience Final Project - SI 487

User Experience Capstone

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: August 2
Project timeline: September-April 
Project duration: 30 weeks 
Number of projects needed: 25

SI 487: User Experience Final Project Syllabus


In SI 487: User Experience Final Project, advanced undergraduate students work through the user experience (UX) process to provide user research and design solutions to clients. Methods used will include user requirements analysis, user research, prototyping, specification gathering, documentation and user experience evaluation.


  • User research report
  • Prototypes
  • Specification documentation
  • Written report
  • Final presentation

Client Requirements 

  • Level of engagement for course/program 
    • Minimum of three meetings in the fall semester (September-December)
    • Weekly meetings in the winter semester (January-April)
    • Regular feedback and communication to student team based on the course schedule
    • Introduction to stakeholders and users for interviews and/or data gathering
    • Access to organizational data, systems and/or resources necessary to project completion
    • Attend final presentation
    • Complete project evaluation
  • Special requirements for the course/program 
    • Projects must require a need for both user research and design
    • Share a plan for user recruitment for user research methods in the proposal
    • Students will not implement the deliverables

Additional Details

  • Projects for this course span the entire academic year
    • In the fall semester (September-December), students will start project preparation in a 2-credit fall course (SI 407).
    • In the winter semester (January-April), students will focus on the project work of UX research and design.
  • In the fall prep course, students will meet with the client 2-3 times to finalize the project scope, project plan, and to ensure they have access to systems and data as needed. 
  • In the winter course, students will meet with the client weekly and move forward on the project. 

Past Projects

  • BackPac. BackPac is a mobile application that aims to activate a network of volunteers. Students worked on BackPac’s Partner App (an interface aimed specifically at Volunteer Coordinators to create and post their events) to provide the interface with a new design and experience. View the project Portfolium.
  • Making a Menu Management System.  Students helped Yum!Brands, a company specializing in fast food menu management, re-design the menu management system used to manage Taco Bell menus.
  • Future-Facing Retail Experiences. Students reimagined Polaris’ digital retail experience by creating a future-facing vision of the Polaris Build and Price tool. Their newly created design provided customers further excitement and customization toward creating their dream vehicle.

Client Testimonials

  • "Thanks to the students' work, we'll have a more user-friendly and browsable portal to our art and architecture archives. Once implemented, our users will be able to find relevant material in our archives, easily browse for related assets and save their results for future reference."
  • "The students' work will have a great impact on our future potential clients—who will be able to visit our website in their native language—and we'll utilize their webpage design to reach a new market."

Contact us

Engaged Learning Office | [email protected] | (734) 763-1251

Please complete this form to submit a project proposal for one of our client-based courses or other programs, or to receive information about these opportunities throughout the year.