Course Description

The field of User Experience (UX) Design is ever-evolving-- and with this evolution comes new design tools, techniques, and strategies. Principles of User Experience is an introduction to the science behind UX design, illustrating the breadth of the field that extends well beyond the web and demonstrating the strict research methodologies that support it. Understand the principles of Human Factors and User Interface Design, including theories of human-computer interaction, and design principles and standards. In this e Principles of UX course, you will also focus on user and task-analysis (framing, establishing goals), field research methods (observation, interviewing, testing, documentation of personas, budgeting), usability testing, and the UX process (task models user journeys, content requirements, wireframes), and more.

Learner Outcomes

  • Human Factors and User Interface Design
  • Applied theories of human-computer interaction
  • Graphic art and visual design principles and standards for UX
  • User Analysis and Research
  • User and task analysis
  • Field research methods
  • Usability testing and the UX process


Students should have the latest versions of Adobe Creative Cloud. While not required, students are encouraged to utilize a subscription to LinkedIn Learning as a supplement to the course (access available with your UCSB NetID and password.).

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Jul 01, 2024 to Sep 07, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $795.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

How to Access Your Online Course:


One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Required Textbook(s):
Students are required to purchase the textbook(s) below prior to the first class meeting. Textbooks can be purchased from the vendor of your choice.

The UX Book: Agile UX Design for a Quality User Experience 2nd
by Rex Hartson, Pardha S. Pyla
ISBN / ASIN: 9780128053423

No refunds after 7/8/24