May 18, 2022

HCDE is offering a few summer courses which may be of interest to your students: two special topics courses cross-listed across the BS and MS programs, and two more for graduate students only.

  • HCDE 498 B / 598 F – Human Factors in Design
    • This course will be an overview of human factors and ergonomics and the applications to design engineering. It will explore the relationships between human users and their sociotechnical environments using interdisciplinary methodologies.  Experimental methods, cognitive task analysis, human physiology,  information processing, automation, and environmental conditions will be introduced. A background in physics (mechanics) and calculus (differentiation and integration) are necessary. 
  • HCDE 498 A / 598  G – Remote UX (B-Term)
    • The course addresses current and emerging practices for conducting remote user experience investigations. Through a survey of case studies and research reports, students will be exposed to different techniques employed by UX researchers working in varied contexts. Particular attention will be paid to conducting studies with geographically and culturally diverse participants. Additional attention will be paid to new practices that have developed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will apply this knowledge to the design and execution of a remote study that they will conduct as their major project in the class.
  • HCDE 501 A – Theoretical Foundations of Human Centered Design & Engineering
    • Examination of the theories that inform work in human centered design and engineering, focusing particularly on communication and interaction design theories. Topics include the complexities of communication as it is configured in different theoretical frameworks, the implications of these different configurations, and why these differences matter to people engaged in professional practice or research. Prerequisite: admission to an engineering master’s program or permission of instructor.
  • HCDE 530 Computational Concepts in HCDE
    • Introduces basic computational concepts and programming skills needed to work with interactive systems in HCDE. Draws on topics such as log analysis, visualization, prototyping, and data mining. Students analyze data to inform user research and design.

While we do not overload our courses, non-HCDE students can petition to be considered for a space in the courses above if there is space available.

Non-HCDE undergraduates interested in taking HCDE 498A or 498B can submit our non-major course registration petition to be considered for a space in the course; for Summer 2022, that petition will open May 19.

Non-HCDE graduate students interested in taking HCDE 598F, 598G, 501, or 530 can submit our MS course waitlist request to be considered for a space in one of our graduate courses. Note that the HCDE MS program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program; additional information can be found in the MS course waitlist request form.

Questions? Contact Meghan Oxley ( for questions regarding registration for our undergraduate courses or Alex Llapitan ( for questions regarding the MS courses.