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User Experience Engineering

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
User Experience Engineering
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2022
Module code: PIB-UXE
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V+2U (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:

[updated 28.02.2024]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

KIB-UXE (P221-0204) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2022 , semester 4, optional course
PIB-UXE (P221-0204) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2022 , semester 4, optional course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Altmeyer
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Altmeyer

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module students will: be able to describe the basic principles of user experience, differentiate these from related concepts such as usability and explain the user-centered design process. They will be able to explain basic concepts in the field of user research and use them to understand users and the application context and derive user needs. They will have a command of common ideation processes and be able to critically scrutinize ideas with regard to the underlying user needs. The will be able to develop concepts and MVP statements on the basis of user research. They will be familiar with various approaches in the field of UX (especially gamification) and can explain how and why these can enhance the user experience and what dangers need to be considered (dark patterns).  They will be able to explain and apply basic concepts of prototyping and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. They will also be able to develop concepts for evaluating interactive systems with regard to their user experience and describe and apply basic qualitative and quantitative empirical methods.

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Module content:
-        User experience, usability, user-centered design process
-        Understanding the user and the context of use
-        User needs, problem statements, personas, scenarios
-        Ideation: Brainstorming, challenge assumptions, design concepts
-        Gamification, dark patterns, behavior change and ethical aspects
-        MVP statements, business goals
-        Prototyping: Low vs. high fidelity prototypes, paper prototypes,…
-        User testing: Qualitative and quantitative measures of UX
In addition to the lecture, UX methods learned in the exercise will be applied in a kind of workshop. Over the course of the semester, students will work in groups to identify problems through user research (e.g. by interviewing other students on campus), generate ideas, build a minimal prototype and test/evaluate it.

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Teaching methods/Media:
Workshops, Design Thinking

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Recommended or required reading:

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Module offered in:
SS 2024
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