Curriculum

Gillian Hayes standing in front of a lectern that reads Donald Bren School of ICS and in front of a screen asking for introductions from the students in the audienceAll MHCID students will take the same courses, allowing students to develop strong ties across their cohorts and ensuring a universally high quality outcome.

Fall Kickoff:

During the fall, students will come to UCI to participate in an intense one week accelerated course. During this week, there will also be orientation and social events in the evenings, including an opportunity to network with members of our advisory board, alumni, and faculty.

280 Overview of HCI and Design (4). Introduction to human-computer interaction and user centered design. The material is focused on laying the groundwork for understanding the history, importance, and methods of human computer interaction and design.

Fall Quarter:

281 User Needs Analysis (4). Understanding the user’s context, needs, and preferences.  Topics include:  Interviews and observations, modeling the context, flow, culture, space and artifacts involved in an endeavor, ways of aggregating what is found, and presenting these findings to others. Pre-requisite: INF280.

282 Design and Prototyping (4). Introduction to user centered design and prototyping. Focused on practical methods for interaction design. Topics include the nature of design and the challenges to creating and evaluating good designs, as well specific skills for designing interactive systems. Prerequisite: INF280.

Winter Quarter:

283 User Experience and Evaluation (4). Evaluating prototypes and completed systems.  Topics include: comparative analysis, laboratory experiments, heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs, surveys, clickstreams, and help-desk.   Prerequisite: INF281.

284 Advanced Design and Prototyping (4). Develop and communicate interactive technology design prototypes.   Moving concepts from brainstorming and paper prototypes to wireframe and limited functionality mock-ups.  Prerequisite: INF282.

Spring Intensive:

Students will again come to campus for an intensive in-person session, this time for three days. This on site time will provide an opportunity for hands-on instruction, meetings with fellow program students to kick off the capstone project, and networking with faculty, other students, and potential employers.

Spring Quarter.

285 Interactive Technology Studio(4). Technologies, languages, and skills required for creating prototypes to communicate interactive technology concepts. Topics include:  HTTP, CSS, CSS scripting, AJAX, Design Patterns, Javascript, Javascript libraries such as jQuery, SQL, MVC   and cloud architectures. Prerequisite: INF280.

287 Capstone Project in HCI and Design (4). Group project that reinforces all concepts learned in this program, including knowing where user experience work is most appropriate and essential and executing these steps. Prerequisite: INF283, INF285.

Summer Quarter:

286 Innovations in HCI and Design(4). Recent social and technological developments in human-computer interaction and design. Topics will vary as the field progresses but include novel input techniques, novel platforms, and innovations in theory and methods of design. Pre-requisite: INF280.

288 Capstone Project and Portfolio (4). Completion of capstone projects and development of portfolios. Ideation, critique, development and critique. Prerequisite: INF287.

Summer Finale:

The program will culminate with a three day on site intensive experience during which students will present their final capstone projects. During this in person event, a job fair and numerous networking events will also take place to ensure that MHCID graduates are placed in top positions and continue to reach out to one another and to leaders in the field.

Please contact mhciddirector@ics.uci.edu for further information.