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Master of Science in HCI Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.S. in HCI program, students will:

  1. Evaluate and create interfaces by applying HCI theories, terms, principles, and methods including user experience, user-centered, and interaction design theories and practices; interactive product design and development processes and lifecycle; user profiling to interaction design (needs and requirements); system requirements and product assessments; prototype design theory and practice; and product usability evaluations and testing methods.
  2. Apply psychological and cognitive principles and theories to human factors and user experience design.
  3. Research and develop interactive collaborative systems by applying social computing theories and frameworks.
  4. Design novel ubiquitous computing systems by researching and applying relevant HCI and informatics theories and frameworks.
  5. Design effective, usable, and human-centered interactive systems using prototypes and proof of concepts.
  6. Critique interaction designs on their usability, human-centeredness, and satisfaction of requirements; evaluate the fitness of requirements, goals, and research methods; make recommendations; and create and defend alternative designs.
  7. Effectively communicate in digital, oral, and written form the processes, ideas, outcomes, and implications of HCI projects.
  8. Articulate decisions and reasoning behind decisions made related to interaction design choices, design and research methods.
  9. Exhibit sound judgment, ethical behavior, and professionalism in applying HCI concepts and value-sensitive design to serve stakeholders and society, especially in ethically challenging situations.
  10. Collaborate in teams fairly, effectively, and creatively, applying group decision-making and negotiation skills.