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Mastery User Experience Research and Design - SI 699

User Experience Mastery

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: August 2
Project timeline: September-December
Project duration: 15 weeks
Number of projects needed: 10

SI 699: Mastery User Experience Research and Design


In SI 699: Mastery User Experience Research and Design, master's-level students work on projects that center accessibility and the needs and experiences of disabled people or older adults. Students go through the lifecycle of user experience research and design (formative research, design, prototyping based on the research, some evaluation) to produce a mutually agreed upon deliverable and communicate the narrative and impact of their project.


  • Deliverables will vary by project and be based on the client needs and project scope. Examples may include:
    • User research findings
    • Sketches
    • Prototypes
    • Design recommendations
    • Implementation plans
  • Final presentation 

Client Requirements 

  • Level of engagement for course/program 
    • 30-60 minute weekly or bi-weekly meetings with student team
    • 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 
    • Open and responsive to user research insights and flexible with potential changes to project outcomes
    • Projects should focus on the accessibility of a tool or product for targeted users (older adults, older kids/young adults with special needs, people with physical disabilities, etc.) and go beyond an accessibility audit of an app/website
    • Pitch project to students on first day of class

Past Projects

  • Students designed a user-centered accessibility tool to pair/supplement technical accessibility compliance measurements with narrative around the human implications of non-compliance 
  • Students designed a way for people with sensory disabilities to navigate their museum and grounds

Past Clients

  • Detroit Disability Power
  • Ford House

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.