Course Description

Course content and goals

Though many factors impact on user experience, the greatest threat is the disconnection between system designers and the intended users.

'A Beginner's Guide to User Experience' aims to narrow this gap and put the user at the forefront of your mind. Equipped with an understanding of the user and their limitations, capabilities and quirks you will be able to avoid the common mistakes committed by your competitors and get one step ahead.

Within this course you will cover

  • Areas of study categorised under the umbrella of 'user experience'
  • The separately conceived, yet converging design principles established over the last four decades
  • Some of the psychology underlying these principles
  • Key concepts within the subject
  • A number of the cognitive processes underlying human-computer interaction
  • The role of visual perception in the viewing experience
  • Examples of good and bad design to help you avoid common mistakes
  • The importance of usability over aesthetics

By the end of the course you will

  • Have a clear understanding of how to design for your intended users
  • Be able to save yourself the effort of endless edits
  • Avoid the design bloopers afflicting your competitors' designs, and...
  • Ultimately be armed with the knowledge to design products that provide the best possible user experience

You will also take away some of the best resources currently available and a consolidated list of recommended reading materials, videos and useful links to relieve you of the task of trawling the internet searching for that vital piece of information.

Recommended background: What should you know?

Regardless of whether you are new to user experience or a seasoned professional, you will gain a great deal from taking this course. The lessons have been carefully prepared to ensure the learning curve is never too steep, whilst always providing you with the means to gain a deeper understanding of the terms, theories and issues being discussed. With our expert instructors providing support throughout the duration of the courses, and beyond, all participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.

Please note: You can start this course at any time and there is no fixed time span for you to complete the course. All of the course materials are available to you for the whole duration of your membership and we will be marking questions for as long as there are active members. Therefore, even if you are the only course taker at one time we will still mark all of your questions. There is no specific date for the release of course certificates, instead you will receive a course certificate when you have answered every question from all lessons within the course.

Industry-trusted Course Certificate

You earn an industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course - even if you finish the course after the official end date. In other words, as long as you have enrolled in the course you will always be able to finish it and to get a course certificate. You will also have permanent access to the course material, your answers and the discussions.

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Course Certificate

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