User Experience Design

3 crs., 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab
Mon/Wed. 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Course Description

A study of visual design with a focus on the user’s experience and interaction – covering functionality requirements, user analysis, information architecture, prototyping, usability testing, and graphic interface design. The course explores research, design and evaluation methodologies for the user and interaction. Students will research and analyze user problems; explore ideation and communication of user-centered design through personas, user flows, mood boards, wireframes and prototyping; and learn to present, defend and critique design decisions. Introduces foundation digital imaging skills.


A Project Guide to UX Design, Carolyn Chandler & Russ Unger, 2012.

Course Objectives

  • Describe principles that drive strong user-centered design.

  • Effectively present and defend design decisions.

  • Demonstrate constructive and effective methods of critiquing other’s work.

  • Evaluate specific components of a design and state how the element enhances or detracts from the user experience.

  • Implement user-experience design concepts into a design workflow.

  • Produce design prototypes and explain how its elements promote a strong user experience.

Course Requirements

  • Major Assignments
    • Weekly quizzes based on reading and/or skills tests
    • Weekly blog posts in this class will be used to summarize ideas fleshed out in the seminar and expand to other examples that can be linked to the summarized ideas.
    • Group Projects
    • Individual Final Project


  • Blog Posts 25%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • Group Projects 25%
  • Final Project 25%
  • Participation/Attendance 10%

Couse Schedule


Students are expected to treat the instructor and fellow students with the appropriate degree of respect, both in class (if applicable) and in online discussions. Communication, either in person or through electronic media, that is deemed abusive, threatening, or harassing in nature will not be tolerated.


York College’s Academic Integrity Policy & Procedures developed to conform to the CUNY policy on Academic Integrity.


The following overview of the INC grade is condensed from York’s grading policy website

The student must be passing the course, and have work remaining to complete the course requirements. The student must request an INC grade. The instructor must approve whether the student has a valid reason for not completing course requirements and has reasonable expectation that the student can in fact successfully complete the requirements of the course within the allotted time.


CUNY York College is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability and require accommodations to participate and complete requirements for this class, contact the STAR Program (Specialized Testing & Academic Resources), services for students with disabilities (Academic Core Building (AC), Room 1GO2, 718-262-2191/3732) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations.