The Bachelor of Science in HCDD is designed to prepare students to identify opportunities where technology can make a difference to human lives; design and build these technologies; and evaluate the impact of these technologies in the context of use. The major will provide students with competencies in a range of HCDD areas including:
- UNDERSTANDING HUMANS: Understanding how humans’ physical and cognitive capabilities inform interaction and experience design.
- UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT: Understanding the context and technology requirements of users and other stakeholders, and articulating how design and evaluation concerns are affected by their context.
- MODELING HUMAN ACTIVITY: Developing models of human activity with and without technology support.
- PROTOTYPING: Envisioning, designing, and evaluating new technology prototypes using appropriate interaction modalities, styles and techniques.
- DEVELOPING PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES: Developing working, production technologies to address identified design opportunities.
- EVALUATING: Applying and developing skills in a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to collect and analyze formative and summative usability data.
- MANAGING HCDD PROJECTS: Selecting, organizing and implementing design and development activities involving users and other stakeholders.
- COMMUNICATING: Communicating with colleagues, users, and other stakeholders about complex ideas describing actual and envisioned technology in use.
- ENACTING ETHICS: Understanding the importance of professional ethics and enacting these in human-centered design and development practice.