User Experience (UWE)

What is user experience (UX)?

User Experience (UX) encompasses all aspects of a person’s interaction with a system, product or application, ranging from how it is perceived and understood to how it is used in particular contexts. A designer can evoke positive and engaging experiences by gaining a deeper understanding of people’s needs and expectations in different contexts and giving due consideration to these in designing the system or product.

Throughout the two terms you will learn about human physiological, socio-economic, psychological and cognitive attributes that impact on our interaction with technology. By learning and applying critical evaluation techniques you will be able to analyse designs, understand what and how interactions are occurring and explaining where and how the interaction might be improved.

A core focus for this module will be learning user-centred design methods which will include techniques to help gain deeper insights into people’s needs and requirements, as well as iterative prototyping, to ensure that problems with usability are identified and dealt with earlier on in the design process.

What happens in each semester?

Through out the year you will draw on design concepts and patterns to explore different modes of interaction. Throughout the year you will have a chance to work with industry professionals and researchers via guest lectures, workshops and events.