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UX Design in Mobile Applications

Course Code: CSIS 3375
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides students the opportunity to learn and explore developing mobile applications from the perspective of human-computer interface (HCI), user experience and interaction design concepts. The course would cover four general areas: essentials of designing interactive systems, techniques for designing interactive systems, contexts for designing interactive systems, and foundations of designing interactive systems.

Course Content

Essentials of designing interactive systems

  1. Introduction to experience design

  2. Designing interactive systems

  3. A framework for designing interactive systems

  4. The process of designing interactive systems

  5. Usability


Techniques for designing interactive systems

  1. Understanding

  2. Envisionment

  3. Design including conceptual and physical design

  4. Evaluation including expert and participant-based evaluation

  5. Task analysis including hierarchical and Cognitive work analysis

  6. Visual user interface design

  7. Multimodal user interface design


Contexts for designing interactive systems

  1. Social media

  2. Collaborative environments

  3. Agents and avatars

  4. Ubiquitous computing, information spaces and their architecture

  5. understanding, design and evaluation of Mobile computing


Foundations of designing interactive systems

  1. Memory and attention

  2. Cognition (distributed and embodied) and action

  3. Social interaction

  4. Perception (visual and non-visual) and navigation


Methods of Instruction

Lecture, seminars, laboratory assignments, reading, and research

Means of Assessment

Projects w/ presentation                     20% - 30%

Participation                                      0% - 05%

Lab/Assignments                                0% - 10%

Midterm Examination*                          30% - 40%

Final Examination*                              30% - 40%

Total                                                      100%

**In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

1)       Explain the essentials of designing an interactive systems

2)       Demonstrate the techniques for designing interactive systems

3)       Evaluate the contexts for designing interactive systems

4)       Explain and perform the foundations of designing interactive systems

course prerequisites

Min grade C in CSIS 3175





curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.