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User Experience (UX) Foundations

Human Factors International
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2 days
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Course description

User Experience (UX) Foundations

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge also covered in the Certified Usability Analyst (CUA)™ examination. A solid working understanding of the key foundational research-based models and insights essential to the user experience (UX) field is imperative for design. Without this foundation you will design based on common sense, which is very often wrong.


Learn to apply the key understandings about human vision, intellect, memory, and motor functions—which underlie the thinking of every skilled UX professional—directly to design decisions.

Who should attend?


There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Who should attend

Usability practitioners, website/intranet developers, application developers, interface designers, project managers— with the desire to explore and apply scientific usability research to their practical, daily work.

Training content

Understanding user experience

A panoramic overview of UX

  • History
  • Core of the field
  • Objectives
  • ROI
  • Methods
  • Institutionalization


You do not see the way you THINK you see

  • It is NOT like a camera
  • Visual link analysis
  • Wiggly things are distracting
  • Objects are inferred and distance is relative


You do not make decisions the way you THINK you do

  • No, you can’t do three things at once (and neither can your user)
  • Design for human speed
  • Using signal detection theory
  • Design for arousal and stress


You do not remember the way you THINK you do

  • It is NOT like a tape recorder
  • Design so that they don’t have to remember
  • Helping users remember
  • Engineering schemata
  • The power of expectation and bubbles


You do not move the way you THINK you do

  • No, your movement is not always voluntary and under conscious control
  • But how can you walk and talk at the same time?
  • Motor programs
  • Movement speed
  • Train wrecks with proactive inhibition
  • Designing for biomechanics and anthropometry

Know thy user

Designing for users, not yourself

  • What are things you need to know about your user? (Free dinner for two if you can add to our list!)
  • Accessibility is not just about vision and making Jaws
  • Careful! the icons you choose may have varied meanings around the world.


You need to read the research literature, but you need to KNOW what to believe

  • Sources
  • Can you believe it?
  • Lies, damn lies, and statistics


Every successful journey needs a roadmap

  • Options for learning more
  • Professional level courses
  • Certifications
  • A lifetime of achievement


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Certification / Credits

What you’ll learn

  • How good UX design is dependent on a scientific understanding of how people function
  • How the key research-based models, insights and principles in the UX field impact design. This includes aspects of human vision, intellect, memory, and size and motor control
  • Various methods that directly apply these models, insights, and principles to design of interactive applications
  • Variation in users that impact design
    • Individual differences
    • Disability
    • Cultural differences
  • Sources of research and insights for UX professionals
  • Pathways to excellence in the UX profession.

What you get

  • Real-world examples and practical tips from our instructors who are also active UX consultants
  • Hands-on individual and group exercises to ensure conceptual understanding
  • Training package that includes:
    • A comprehensive student manual
    • A student exercise book
    • A summary study guide
    • Usability glossary
    • Usability resources
    • Quick reference job aids

Why choose Human Factors International?

100,000+ professionals trained so far

8,500+ certified professionals worldwide

Global Leader in UX Consulting and Training

About Human Factors International

Human Factors International

HFI specializes in providing practical user experience design training for everyone from new to advanced design professionals. To meet your career goals, Human Factors International (HFI) offers three certification tracks: Certified Usability Analyst (CUA)™ Certified User Experience Analyst (CXA)™ Certified...

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1860 Highway 1, Suite 3600
52556 Fairfield IA

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