Applied Human-Computer Interaction Specialization, Applied Technology (MS)

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This area of specialization within the MS in Applied Technology program prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate computer interfaces so that they are accessible and easy for people to use. This interdisciplinary specialization integrates concepts and methods from computer science, graphic design and the social sciences to provide a comprehensive understanding of the user-centered design process. The combination of coursework, liberal learning seminars, and independent workplace-based projects advance students’ capabilities to influence organizations and apply a repertoire of strategies and techniques to the user-centered design process, including usability assessment and testing, user task and preference analysis, information architecture, and construction of dynamic and function-driven web sites and other applications.

Introductory Courses

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:

  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
Course Title Quarter Hours
HCI 402FOUNDATIONS OF DIGITAL DESIGN4
HCI 406WEB SITE DESIGN FOR HCI4
IT 403STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS4
IT 411SCRIPTING FOR INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS4

Foundation Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
HCI 440INTRODUCTION TO USER-CENTERED DESIGN4
HCI 445INQUIRY METHODS AND USE ANALYSIS4
HCI 454INTERACTION DESIGN AND INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE4

Advanced Courses 

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three of the following:12
PROTOTYPING AND IMPLEMENTATION
FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
USABILITY EVALUATION METHODS
DIGITAL DESIGN
ACCESSIBILITY AND DESIGN FOR DIVERSE USERS