Graduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

Students completing an HCI master’s degree will define, explain and apply with considerable depth:

  1. HCI theory and usability terms, principles, and practices
    • Problem space definition and conceptual models
    • Social mechanisms used in communication
    • User-centered approaches to interaction design
    • User profiling and user needs and requirements
    • Interface design principles and processes
    • Cognitive and information processing
    • Product assessments related to a market analysis
    • Processes and life-cycles of interaction design
    • Interface design and related areas of visual design and aesthetics
    • Product evaluation and testing methods, both qualitative and quantitative
  2. Related to the design and evaluation of interactive products up to the prototype stage, students will develop and apply HCI principles and practices in the areas of product development and usability testing, including the following acquisition of abilities:
    • Produce interface designs and prototypes based on user and needs assessments.
    • Apply HCI theory, principles, and a user-centered approach to interaction design.
    • Design interactive products up to the prototype.
    • Apply evaluation and usability testing methods to interactive products to validate design decisions.