Continuing & Professional Education

UX / UI Design

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Courses for everyone 16

  • team leads
  • man­agers
  • entre­pre­neurs
  • busi­ness and agency own­ers
  • com­put­er pro­gram­mers
  • dig­i­tal mar­keters
  • graph­ic design­ers

These part-time study courses are designed to enhance current practitioners’ skillsets
Program enrolment is optional – register in a course without applying for admission

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.
January 9
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab

May 1
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab
The user interface (UI) is the point where your users interact with your website/app. In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of UI design. You will learn the UI design process including storytelling, sketching, and prototyping, and how the user experiences these on the front end. Understand how data visualization and web design, impacts branding, visual identity, and accessibility. By the end of this course, you'll be able to articulate the design process and how this influences the user experience.
January 9
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab

July 3
starts in 4 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab
Visual design is a field that has emerged by blending the principles of both user interface design and graphic design. Learn how to use key design principles such as imagery, colour, typography, and form to enhance usability and improve user experience. You will learn to analyze and construct graphic/visual design using conceptual and technical approaches appropriate to client and target audience. Apply this knowledge to a hands-on project that integrates UI and the principles of graphic design. Prerequisite EXSM 3921
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Understanding your user is key to building a successful experience. Learn how human-centred design can guide quantitative and qualitative methods, and generate 'the right' research questions and methods for your client. This course will include practical experience in brainstorming, planning and conducting user-centred research, as well as creating user personas and affinity diagrams. It will also touch upon legal and ethical concerns. Prerequisite EXSM 3920 and EXSM 3921
May 1
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Jesús Ramirez Colmenarez
Stretch your generative and creative abilities as you integrate the knowledge you acquired in the previous core courses and apply theory and method to research, plan, execute, present, and review a real-world project. Mirroring industry practice, you will work as part of a team, operate within an Agile project management framework, and evaluate the features of this approach. Prerequisite EXSM 3920, 3921, 3922 and 3923
March 6
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Jonathan Sanderson, Jonathan Sanderson
Understanding your user is key to building a successful experience. Learn how human-centred design can generate user insights using quantitative and qualitative methods such as surveys, interviews and in-context observations. This course will also teach students how to summarize their research using Experience Mapping, Journey Mapping, Personas and Service Design Blueprint. This course will also touch upon legal and ethical concerns.
January 9
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Justin Scherer
Students will evaluate a set of quantitative and qualitative research methods to gain insights into how we can design things better. This course will teach students how to evaluate their user research using feedback to develop effective UX design strategies. You¿ll learn the most widely used technique by UX Researchers, usability testing. Additionally, this course will cover the fundamentals of organizing information with card-sorting and tree testing and basic statistical analysis through A/B testing. Learn about key tools in evaluative research such as prototyping, MVP, moderated and unmoderated user testing, and AB/Testing.
March 6
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Justin Scherer
How to create content that is user friendly, optimized for mobile and speaks to customers in a tone that represents the business. In this course students will learn how to craft user friendly text for digital products that aligns with user needs and organization¿s goals. Students will explore the role of case studies and will develop skills to write better case studies.
January 9
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Robert Tyndale
This course provides an introduction to web design principles and client-side scripting. This course will introduce students to HTML5 and CSS and the fundamentals of web development and design. The course provides a foundation on web page construction, wireframing, prototyping and development. By the end, students will understand the anatomy of a web page and know how to work with developers/communicate with developers. Students will have an opportunity to design and develop a personal website.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Digital accessibility refers to the practice of enabling all people to use a website or native application. It involves minimizing or removing restrictions in the use of technology due to barriers of ability: visual, auditory, speech, physical, or neurological. Learn how to consider accessibility in the design, planning, and marketing of websites, applications, and forms. Explore the principles of human-centred design and the universal design process in light of the unique requirements of rich media to become accessible for people with disabilities.
April 25
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Jonathan Sanderson
Learn values, principles, practices, and benefits of the Agile development and management framework to effectively respond to change, work collaboratively with customers, and increase productivity. Understand the principles of Agile management and how to apply them in design and development. Explore a variety of Agile methodologies, such as scrum, lean development, and kanban. Through practical exercises, you will discover how to apply the framework to successfully implement change, improve customer engagement, create faster and predictable products, and reduce risk.
March 6
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Ahmed Ghanem
Learn about and practice how to navigate and use your computer effectively. Explore some software common to developers in this low-code course that introduces the basics of web development. including version control and the analysis of both data and logic. Students will be introduced to basic web-hosting options, tools, and topics, and learn how to launch a website. The basics of quality assurance, and why it is so integral to the success of software projects will also be covered.
January 9
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Bo Cen

May 8
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With James Grieve
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of HTML (Hyper­Text Markup Language), the foundational markup language used for structuring content online. The basics of building a web­page using HTML, as well as up-to-date best-practices with the most recent HTML specification will be covered.
March 13
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Bo Cen

May 9
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With James Grieve

Explore the etiquette, ethics, and various legal and policy issues that affect how we use social media. Discuss topics like copyright, privacy, intellectual property, fair dealing, creative commons, and the public domain. Learn how these issues play out differently nationally and internationally, as well as the implications of those differences for social media use.

March 6
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Raquel Mann
Leading people and teams acknowledges the vital role of others in the leadership relationship. Topics may include: performance management; introductory coaching and mentoring; developing talent; and building trust and resiliency.
June 7
starts in 4 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Yuk
This course will explore various analysis and modelling techniques to better understand the requirements associated with people, processes, and information elements in a business context. Basic business modelling tools such as organization models, workflow models and swim-lane diagrams are used to explore solution requirements. UML models (use cases, state and sequence diagrams) extend the solution requirements and establish the context for solution design. Principles of data and data analysis are introduced. Various methodologies are used to set a framework for analysis.
March 4
starts in 27 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Ruth Younie

April 24
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Ruth Younie

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Eligibility
Amount
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

$250+
income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
N/A
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline
HRDF 

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
                                                                                                                                       

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