LIS-643: Information Architecture & Interaction Design

Note: This course is a required/core course for the Master of Science in Information Experience Design and the User Experience Advanced Certificate. It is also available as an elective to students in the Library and Information Science, Data Analytics and Visualization, and Museums and Digital Culture masters degree programs.

Course Description

This course provides students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience designing digital interfaces from a user-centered perspective through an exploration of the dual practices of information architecture and interaction design. Students will go through the entire user-centered design lifecycle, from concept to prototype, and in the process will 1) learn about and employ a variety of design methods aimed at understanding users and their contexts and 2) learn about and use appropriate tools and media to create a range of design deliverables that effectively communicate design insights. At the conclusion of this course, students will have a foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare them to do practical design work in a variety of settings and organizations.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Explain and describe the roles of information architecture and interaction design.
  • Choose and employ appropriate methods to understand users and their contexts.
  • Select and use appropriate tools and media to create design deliverables.
  • Create high-quality work products that effectively communicate design insights and are consistent with professional practice.

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