UX Design Foundations

    EX 1111 is offered this summer:

Dis­cov­er what it means to use a user-cen­tered design process and learn the fun­da­men­tals of UX (user expe­ri­ence) design includ­ing the prin­ci­ples of design think­ing, user-cen­tered design and infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture in this course. Gain an under­stand­ing of the impor­tance of user research, usabil­i­ty test­ing and assess­ment, and the basics of con­tex­tu­al inquiry. By the end of the course, you will be able to describe and apply cur­rent best prac­tices and con­ven­tions in UX design and make use of the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of UX design.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop competency in the user-centred design process, stakeholder requirements identification, user needs analysis, and competitive analysis.
  • Differentiate Waterfall and Agile methodologies.
  • Understand the basics of mental models, use cases, and customer journey maps.
  • Demonstrate how UX and UI both contribute to solving human problems.
  • Understand interaction and communication design, multiscreen design, and user flows.
  • Practice sketching, storyboarding, wireframing, and prototyping (paper and rapid).
  • Evaluate information architecture, content quality, and discoverability through industry best practices.
  • Gain an understanding of usability testing, heuristic evaluation, cognitive psychology, biases, and affordance.
Course content preview:


Jul 5, 2021Aug 22, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Najia AftabID: najia-aftab

Najia Aftab is an instructor and project management professional with more than a decade of experience in software engineering, interface design, Instructional design, and Agile principles and practices in technology, postsecondary-education, and non-governmental organizations.

Her UX/UI design expertise includes user research and evaluation as well as prototyping.

Class info
  • This is an asyn­chro­nous learn­ing course. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence at the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion, vis­it https://​ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​d​e​n​t​s​/​e​c​l​a​s​s​-​e​s​s​e​n​t​ials/
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until July 5, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts. Refunds, withdrawals & transfers policies
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

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