Human-Computer Interaction Undergraduate Certificate
If you have an interest in how people interact with technology or computers, you like design, psychology, sociology, or any number of additional fields that HCI intersects with, HCI could be a good fit.
HCI is the branch of informatics that studies and supports the design, development, and implementation of humanly usable and socially acceptable information technologies.
Because human–computer interaction studies a human and a machine in conjunction, it draws from supporting knowledge on both the machine and the human side. On the machine side, techniques in computer graphics, operating systems, programming languages, and development environments are relevant. On the human side, communication theory, graphic and industrial design disciplines, linguistics, social sciences, cognitive psychology, and human factors such as computer user satisfaction are relevant
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of HCI, people with different backgrounds contribute to its success.
Upon completion of the undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction Certificate, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in the following core competencies:
Basic Human-Computer Interaction Theory and Usability Terms, Principles and Practices
- Understanding of human-computer interaction and usability terms, concepts, principles and practices
- Problem space definition and conceptual models of interactive products
- User-centered approaches to interaction design as applied to software and the web
- User profiling, needs and requirements
- Interface design principles and processes; including related areas of visual design
- Cognitive and information processing
- Processes and life-cycles of interactive product design
- Interactive product evaluation and testing methods, both qualitative and quantitative
Ability to Understand and Demonstrate Basic Design and Evaluation of Interactive Products Up to the High Fidelity Prototype Stage
- Interactive product interface design and prototyping based on user/needs assessments
- Human-computer interaction principles and a user-centered approach to interaction design as applied to software and the Web
- Apply evaluation and usability testing methods to interactive products to validate design decisions
Students can seek this certificate in addition to their major or as a stand-along certificate. Prospective students must first be admitted to IUPUI as an undergraduate student.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a 15-credit-hour program allowing students to become certified in the fundamental theory and application of human-computer interaction.
- INFO I270 Introduction to HCI Principles & Practices
- INFO I275 Introduction to HCI Theory
- INFO I300 Human-Computer Interaction
- INFO I480 Experience Design and Evaluation of Ubiquitous Computing
- NEWM N450 Usability Principles for New Media Interfaces
Note: courses marked in bold can be counted towards a student’s general education requirement.