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University of Michigan School of Information


UX Research and Design

Alice (An Hua) Shih, a 2022 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Information, talks about her path to landing a job as a product designer at Duo Security.

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.

Note: Current students should refer to the MSI Academic Advising Resource site to ensure they are accessing the most up-to-date curricular information for their specific cohort.

Required courses:

SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

SI 506: Programming I

SI 520: Graphic Design and Visual Communications

SI 539: Web Design: Responsiveness and Accessibility

SI 582: Introduction to Interaction Design

SI 588: Fundamentals of Human Behavior

SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation

Plus at least two of: 

SI 529: Online Communities

SI 552: Introduction to Accessibility

SI 559: Introduction to AR/VR Application Design

SI 612: Pervasive Interaction Design

SI 616: Advanced Topics in Graphic Design and Communication

SI 658: Information Architecture

SI 659: Developing AR/VR Experiences

SI 684: Designing Consumer Health Technologies  

Plus the mastery course:

SI 699: UX Research and Design


SI 504: Servers, The Shell, and Git

SI 510: Information Ethics

SI 534: Theories of Social Influence

SI 536: Introduction to Urban Informatics

SI 537: Crisis Informatics

SI 540: Privacy in Information Technology

SI 548: Principles of Software Design for Learning

SI 579: Building Interactive Applications

SI 617: Choice Architecture

SI 682: Advanced User Research in the Field