IT 382 Usability Engineering for Web Development

Catalog Description: 
Principles of usability engineering, including analysis, design, prototyping and testing, with emphasis on their application to web development. Topics include: what is usability, heuristic evaluation, usability goal setting, interaction design and styles, assessment methods, web accessibility and adaptive technologies.
IT 280 or permission of the instructor.
First semester
Required or Elective: 
Required for the minor in Web Development
Elizabeth Chang
Current Textbook: 
  • UX Design, 2nd edition,  by Ross Unger and Carolyn Chandler. New Riders;
  • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability,3nd Edition, by Steve Krug. New Riders
Topics covered: 
  • Usability & Accessibility
  • Affordance and Perceived Affordance
  • Mental Models
  • Perception
  • User-Centered Design for the Web
  • Users: Audiences, Goals, Personas, Scenarios
  • Stages of planning a site
  • Content Management Systems
  • Project
Student Learning Outcomes: 

On completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. propose effective organization schemes and structures for web sites
  2. evaluate and propose design features to enhance usability of web sites
  3. understand the basics of project planning and management as it applies to web information systems
  4. use a variety of editors and other tools to develop web sites.
  5. collaborate as part of a team
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