UXD 260 User Experience Research and Evaluation

Denise Nacu

Office: Daley 200C
Winter 2022-2023
Class number: 28289
Section number: 501
Tu 10:00AM - 1:15PM
14EAS 00206 Loop Campus
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This course provides an overview of user research and usability evaluation methods. Working in teams, students choose a working application and practice course methods on it throughout the term. Methods include user interviews, field observations, heuristic evaluation, walkthroughs, usability tests, and analytics.


  • Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research, 2nd edition. Goodman, Kuniavsky & Moed, Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier Science, 2012.  ISBN: 978-0123848697 Available online via DePaul Library. 
  • Additional readings to be provided


Attendance and Participation - 10%
Heuristic Eval & Cog Walkthrough (Individual) - 10%
Group Project - 30%
Individual Contribution to Group Project - 20%
Midterm Exam- 15%
Final Exam- 10%
Portfolio Piece - 5%


UXD 210

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