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University of Michigan School of Information


UX Research and Design

The UX Research and Design mastery course prepares you to demonstrate mastery of applying design theories, concepts, and principles to defining valid problems; uncovering user needs; articulating service requirements; documenting UX research results; proposing, refining, and prototyping design solutions; and communicating with stakeholders effectively.

UMSI Mastery courses are special types of courses that allow you to demonstrate synthesis of the major theories, methods, and approaches to inquiry and/or schools of practice necessary for entry into a particular career in the information professions.

You’ll have opportunities to integrate methods and theories about user experience design in this course by engaging in the whole process, from identifying design issues to developing design solutions. You’ll work on a single project end-to-end during the semester, either individually or with a partner. Most projects are chosen and designed by students from scratch, though you can propose projects for real-world clients, as long as they meet the course requirements.

Required courses:

SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

SI 506: Programming I

SI 520: Graphic Design and Visual Communications

SI 539: Design of Complex Websites

SI 582: Introduction to Interaction Design

SI 588: Fundamentals of Human Behavior

SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation

Recommended courses:

SI 540: Privacy in Information Technology

SI 552: Technology and Accessibility

SI 606: Personal Informatics Design

SI 612: Pervasive Interaction Design