INLS 490 – 188 - User Experience Design

Javier Velasco M.

School of Information and Library Science,
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Schedule: Mondays 12:30–3:15 in Manning 117 (SILS Computer Lab)

Course Description

This course will provide an overview to user experience (UX) design. We will cover some of the basic concepts and techniques to create useful and purposeful information systems, as well as the basic process for leading such projects. This course is practical in nature, and focuses on how people will interact with information systems. The outcome of the design process is a series of blueprints for the system. The course will not discuss how to build systems, but rather, you will learn about how to shape strategy and structure design in order to empower end users, and as a result, create good business for the project’s stakeholders. We will have local and remote guests during this class, including leading authorities in the field of UX.

Related: My Teaching Philosophy Statement.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you care about the people who use information systems, if you are interested in learning to design useful and usable products that provide value for both end-users and consequentially, good business for their stakeholders. This course is for students who are interested in learning information system design from a human perspective. It’s for people who like serving others by way of creating designs that will make them feel empowered. This course requires creativity and collaboration.
There are no pre-requisites, and students from other departments can also take this course, real-world UX teams are composed of people with different backgrounds; their points of view will make your projects stronger.
Some related courses at SILS include:

Course Objectives

After finishing this course, you will be able to:

Main Topics


Updated August 15th, 2011.