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UsabilityUser Interface Design (UI Design)Design TheoryUser Interface

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31%

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30%

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Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level
Approx. 14 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introduction and Overview

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 114 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
Introduction to the Specialization, Courses, and Capstone12m
User Interface Hall of Fame / Shame5m
Case Study #1: UI Disasters, including GPS fails10m
Case Study #2: Corporate Value: Citibank ATM7m
Case Study #3: Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon10m
Case Study #4: International Children's Digital Library4m
Case Study #5: Taxes and Tickets17m
Case Study #6: AirBnB vs. CouchSurfing4m
Introductory Video7m
1 reading
Activity: Hall of Fame/Shame Interfaces10m
1 practice exercise
Intro to UI Design: Introduction and Overview20m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

UI Design Process

6 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 120 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
11 videos
Designing to Address a Problem w/o Solution Ideas6m
Designing for a known solution direction9m
Designing to iterate on/improve an existing solution15m
Common Elements14m
Usability Engineering and Task-Centered Approaches9m
Use Cases, Personas, Tasks, and Scenarios18m
Intro to Design-Centered Approaches6m
Design-Centered Methods & When They Work Best16m
Pulling it all Together: Best from Each; Practical Techniques for someone who isn't a trained designer6m
Assignment Video: Tasks and Scenarios11m
3 readings
Sample Task and Scenario #110m
Sample Task and Scenario #210m
Sample Task and Scenario #310m
4 practice exercises
Task/Scenario Evaluation #122m
Task/Scenario Evaluation #222m
Task/Scenario Evaluation #322m
Intro to UI Design: UI Design Process24m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Psychology and Human Factors for User Interface Design

4 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 106 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Fitts' Law21m
Short- and long-term memory, attention4m
Perception and visualization, hierarchy4m
Mistakes, Errors, and Slips2m
Conceptual models7m
The Gulf of Execution and the Gulf of Evaluation8m
Design Principles: Visibility, Feedback, Mappings, Constraints14m
Interacting beyond individuals (social psychology)6m
High-Level Models: Distributed Cognition, Activity Theory, Situated Action19m
Assignment Video: Interface Critiques12m
3 readings
Read Me First: About these two weeks10m
Part 1: Assignment Overview and Properties of a Good Critique10m
Part 2: Worked Examples10m
1 practice exercise
Part 3: Test your knowledge2m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Psychology and Human Factors -- Continued

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 31 min)
1 practice exercise
Intro to UI Design: Psychology and Human Factors: Shortcuts to Understanding Your Users24m

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About the User Interface Design Specialization

In this Specialization, you will learn industry-standard theory and methods for developing successful user interfaces (UIs). Upon completing this Specialization, you will have fluency with the user research, prototyping and evaluation techniques necessary for creating intuitive interfaces that facilitate good user experiences. You will also have demonstrated this fluency through an in-depth Capstone Project that can be shown to prospective employers in the fast-growing field of UI design. Concepts and techniques covered include structured approaches for helping you understand your user base and their needs (e.g. contextual inquiry and design psychology), widely-employed prototyping and design methods (e.g. low-fidelity and paper prototyping), and robust techniques for helping you evaluate your design choices (e.g. heuristic evaluation and user studies). By the end of the Specialization, you will be comfortable applying these concepts and techniques to design an interface for a wide variety of users from around the world....
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