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The Software for Non-Designers interactive course aims to explain common aspects of design as way to improve user experience in software engineering, and will provide an introduction to a few basic steps you can apply to your next project. It is taught by Scott Klemmer from UC San Diego, and a team of design-driven development experts from SAP.
In this course you will:
Grow an understanding of the relevance of design to the development of quality products
Learn how to extend the current sense of "product quality" to include delighting end users
Understand the role of designers, developers and development architects, product managers, and business experts in design
Become familiar with the skills and resources you will need to design and build quality products
Deepen your knowledge of design and the work of designers with development and other teams
Get familiar with how good design can become a part of your daily work
Each class includes five components to make learning more effective and more fun.
Video Lectures – Design thought leaders presenting topics with examples drawn from various sources
Check Points – Each lecture will pause at key points for a brief quiz so you can assess your understanding of the materials presented thus far
Hands-on Exercise – Small, manageable exercises related to and extending the class topics, to be completed individually or in collaboration
Further Reading and Resources – Annotated links to additional class materials as well as topic experts and other sources of guidance
Throughout the course, students will receive points for weekly challenges. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a document confirming course participation.
Week 1 - What is design and why design matters:
Design thinking, design practice, and the language of design
Week 2 - Design Process:
The software interface design process, roles and concepts
Week 3 - Needs finding:
Understanding the needs of the people you are designing for.
Week 4 - Conceptual Design:
Matching product design to the work of the user
Week 5 - High Fidelity Design:
Simple, yet impactful considerations when design software applications.
Week 6: Design at work:
A peek behind the scenes of how software design works at SAP.
Sam Yen, Scott Klemmer, Goran Peuc and Andrea Anderson