Graduate Catalog
2017-2018
 
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Human Centered Design
HCDC
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Department of Computer Science 1121 VTKW II 2202 Kraft Dr #0902
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
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Human-Centered Design Overview

An introduction to human-centered design benefits your graduate research and broadens your career prospects. Whether studying to be a designer, engineer, scientist or artist, your work ultimately impacts real people. Taking users seriously improves how projects are conceived and executed. 

Design matters. The act of creating something new shows up in many human endeavors. It can be a solution to a mundane problem like holding sheets of paper together or something as complex as the formulation of new institutions. Human Centered Design (HCD) is an approach to design charged with understanding the needs, wants, and limitations of end-users. This is accomplished through methodologies and practices where these considerations are integrated at every stage of the design process. 

In the Certificate program, students learn the core ideas of HCD, explore how it applies in their own professional domains, and discover how their own research connects with projects in other disciplines. In particular, it leverages inter-disciplinarity to see how to learn from the world around. The ability to collaborate across disciplines is a high-demand skill set in the private and public sectors and higher education careers, because institutions recognize that creative solutions to the most important societal challenges requires integrating aesthetics, analysis, and technological development. 

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

HCD Certificate Admission Requirements

Any student who has gained admission to a graduate program at Virginia Tech is eligible to take part in the Human-Centered Design (HCD) Certificate program.

 

HCD Course Requirements

The graduate certificate requires completion of 12 credit hours, with 6 credits prescribed, and 6 credits selected from two of three areas. Take both courses from the ‘Required’ section below, then choose at least 1 more course from any two of the areas 1, 2, and 3 for a total of 12 credits. (The elective courses should be in different areas.) NOTE: this list of classes has changed from previous years; students who have competed or were completing the certificate based on previous posted course requirements may use those courses for the certificate. If you have questions, please contact Steve Harrison, director.

Required: INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

  • GRAD 5134: Topics in Interdisciplinary Research (when HCD topic is offered)
  • CS 5724: Models and Theories of Human-Computer Interaction

 

1. DESIGN STUDIES

  • ART 5524: Topics in Human Centered Design (studio)
  • ENGE 5024: Design in Engineering Education and Practice
  • STS 6614: Adv. TS: (Cultures of Design; Origins of Innovation)

 

2. UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE

  • CS/ISE 5714: Usability Engineering
  • CS 5734: Computer-Supported Collaborative Work
  • EDIT 5234: Intro to the Learning Sciences
  • ENGE 5404: Assessment Techniques in Engineering Education
  • ISE 5604: Human Information Processing I
  • ISE 6604: Human Factors in Visual Display Systems
  • ISE 6984: Cognitive Task and Work Analysis
  • PSYCH 5354: Information Processing
  • STS 6244: TS: History, Culture, and Politics of the Internet

 

3. DESIGN REALIZATION

  • ART 5714: TS: Creative Code for Art & Design; TS: Interaction Design
  • CS 5764: Information Visualization
  • CS 5774: User Interface Software
  • CS 6724: Advanced Topics In Human­ Computer Interaction
  • ECE 5564: Wearable + Ubiquitous Computing
  • EDIT 5624: Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design
  • EDIT 5614: Digitally Mediated Learning
  • EDIT 5624: Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design
  • EDIT 5634: Interactive Learning Media Development
  • ENGL 5074: Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • ENGL 6344: Rhetoric in Digital Environments
  • ISE 6604: Human Factors in Visual Display Systems
  • ISE 6614: Human Computer Systems
  • ME 5644: Rapid Prototyping

 

Human-Centered Design and Human-Computer Interaction certificate programs

For graduate students interested in the design of interactive systems, there are two graduate certificates: the Human-Centered Design certificate and the Human-Computer Interaction certificate.  

  • The HCD certificate program focuses on creating the “new” – that is, design. It does so through the application of a “human-centered” paradigm; some key human-centered methodologies are participatory design and user experience design. Designing this way can be applied in many areas from consumer products to computer interfaces.
  • The HCI certificate program, in contrast, does not emphasize (or even require) design. It focuses specifically on computer and information system interfaces. There are many ways of knowing what constitutes a “good” interface and the certificate program approaches the question using research, evaluation and design ways of knowing.

Thus, the two certificate programs complement one another. It is possible to attain both certificates with careful planning of course work and selection of thesis or dissertation topics. 

2013-2015 course list

The following is the previous course list. It is provided for those students who have already begun the HCD Certificate program:

The graduate certificate requires completion of 12 credit hours, with 6 credits prescribed, and 6 credits selected from across two of three areas. Take both courses from the ‘Required’ section below, then choose 2 more courses from area 1, 2, or 3 for a total of 12 credits.

REQUIRED

GRAD 5134: Topics in Interdisciplinary Research (3 credits- when HCD topic is offered)

ART 5524 (ART 5984 Fall 2014): Topics in Human Centered Design (3 Credits, Fall only)

 

Area 1: Creative Problem Solving

ART 5714: TS: Creative Code for Art & Design; TS: Interaction Design

EDIT 5624: Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design

ENGE 5024: Design in Engineering Education and Practice

ME 5644: Rapid Prototyping

 

Area 2: Computational Practices

CS/ISE 5714: Usability Engineering

CS 5724: Models and Theories of HCI

CS 5764: Information Visualization

CS 5774: User Interface Software

CS 6724: Advanced Topics In Human­ Computer Interaction

ECE 5564: Wearable + Ubiquitous Computing

EDIT 5624: Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design E

EDIT 5634: Interactive Learning Media Development

ISE 5604: Human Information Processing I

ISE 6614: Human Computer Systems

ISE 6604: Human Factors in Visual Display Systems

 

Area 3: Interdisciplinary Research

EDIT 5234: Intro to the Learning Sciences

EDIT 5614: Digitally Mediated Learning

ENGE 5404: Assessment Techniques in Engineering Education

ENGL 5074: Introduction to Digital Humanities

ENGL 6344: Rhetoric in Digital Environments

STS 6244: TS: History, Culture, and Politics of the Internet

STS 6614: Adv. TS: (Cultures of Design; Origins of Innovation)