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UX Design: Creating a Great User Experience

Bring effective user-centered digital experiences to your business.

Key details
Course duration
6 weeks
Attendance
Part-time

Course overview

This online short course in UX design has been designed specifically for people working in small/medium sized businesses looking to gain a thorough understanding of the UX design process and how it can be used to solve real and complex business problems.  

Whether you are currently leading on the user experience objectives within your company or are supporting on day-to-day activities as part of a wider role, you will gain the confidence to be creative and experimental when it comes to applying UX tools, methods and principles to key projects and workflows in your business. 

Co-developed by experienced subject specialists and embedded in Falmouth University’s renowned creative and industry-focused environment, you will gain the contemporary knowledge and skills required to excel in UX design. 

You will:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the UX design process and its role in small/medium sized businesses 
  • Uncover the role UX design can play in solving complex business problems 
  • Discover the different steps of the design process and how to turn rough sketches to interactive prototypes  
  • Explore the methods behind user research and how to gather impactful insights  
  • Understand the importance of usability and testing your design solutions 
  • Sharpen your critical thinking, problem solving and analysis skills 

You can apply online for this short course by clicking the button and filling in the application form:

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Course details

Combining theoretical and practical approaches, this six-week short course will improve your understanding of UX design and equip you with the tools and principles to implement UX solutions to a range of different real-world problems in the context of your business.  

In the first session, you will get a thorough introduction to the foundations of UX design. You will then explore a different element of the UX process each week, from user research and discovery, through to ideas generation, design and testing your designs.  

You will finish the course with a greater confidence in your theoretical knowledge and practical skills and will feel empowered to devise and implement UX design solutions within your current place of employment. 

Weekly topics

You will be introduced to the foundations and key processes involved in UX design.  

You will explore user research and the methods used to gather insights to understand and learn as much as possible about users and the context of use.

This will introduce methods like surveys, interviews and observations to develop a deep understanding of user needs and goals.   

You will learn how to find and assess problems and turn research into deliverables through mapping out user flows, journey mapping and creating personas. 

You will be introduced to UI design and explore importance of Visual Design.  You will learn about design patterns, design principles and how to apply colour and typography to a design. 

You will explore the different steps of the design process and how to turn ideas into reality; from sketches and wireframes to prototypes, and why they are valuable to the design process. 

You will learn the importance of testing design solutions and how evaluate for usability issues using heuristics and structured observations.  

Course structures and specific weekly sessions can change as part of our course enhancement and review processes. If a certain session is important to you, please discuss it with our team: shortcourses@falmouth.ac.uk. 

How you'll learn

Studying online is the ideal option for those looking for flexibility while elevating their career prospects. Our online short courses have been designed from the outset to be delivered online, meaning they're crafted specifically for you to study remotely. 

You'll spend approximately four hours a week completing your studies. This may include: 

  • Reviewing all core lecture content and sharing your reflections on the topics discussed 
  • Reading and responding to discussions and challenge activities 
  • Completing required reading 
  • Attending weekly webinars with your tutor and peers (or watching the recording if you can't attend) 
  • Asking questions and sharing your thoughts with your tutors and peers 
  • Completing quizzes to test your knowledge 

Through a combination of these teaching methods, you will be encouraged to push yourself, explore professional skills and develop expertise to take back into industry. 

You will access all materials via our dedicated virtual learning environment. This is also where you will find all key documentation and any course announcements.  

You'll be supported by your tutor, who will deliver weekly webinars and facilitate the online forums.

How you'll be assessed

This course will culminate in a multiple-choice quiz to test your learning and understanding. The quiz is taken and submitted online at the end of the course and certification will be presented upon successful completion of the quiz (70% pass rate).  

The quiz can be attempted as many times as required within a 30-day access period following completion of week 6 of the course. You will still be able to access your learning materials during this time to support completion of the quiz. 

Please note, this course does not offer university credits but successful participants will be awarded a certificate of completion alongside building key skills for the workplace. 

Staff

Our subject matter experts, who have developed and will deliver the course, have real-life experience of working within industry as well as experience of teaching. They are supportive and committed to helping you to develop digital competencies, and bring understanding of a range of modes of practice that specifically relate to SMEs. 

LJ Hazzard

Online Tutor, User Experience Design MA (Online)

LJ is a User Experience Designer and in 2021 took a step into higher education from the UX industry....

LJ Hazzard

Facilities

The following resources are available to participants enrolled on our online short courses: 

  • Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)  
  • 24/7 support using Learn available through the VLE 
  • An online learning community  
  • Accessible online audio/visual content   
  • Optional weekly webinars 
  • Support via your online tutor for all course-related and academic queries.  
  • You can also contact our shortcourses@falmouth.ac.uk email if you require any support with any other aspects of your studies.  

How to apply

Eligibility criteria

Participants must be employed by a registered UK SME (small/medium enterprise) with fewer than 250 employees, and annual turnover that does not exceed €50 million (approx. £40 million). 

Participants must be 18 years’ old or over to apply for this course. 

This course is taught in English. Participants will need a conversational proficiency in written and verbal English to get the most from this course. 

Fees, costs & funding

Total course fee

  • £50 +VAT per learner per course for a Cornish SME (confirmed via eligibility check). 
  • £195 +VAT per learner per course for a SME based outside Cornwall. 

You will be required to pay the course fee in full upon receiving confirmation of your place to study on the course. You will be sent a link to make the payment online. Full instructions will be available on how to make the payment.

Typical course costs

You will need access to a laptop/desktop computer. It is an essential piece of equipment that you will need right from the start of the course.  

Our Virtual Learning Environment, Learn, only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades. 

We recommend one with as fast a processor as you can afford (8GB of RAM minimum) and a reasonably sized screen (13" minimum, 15" is optimum), plus the following minimum computer specifications: 

Windows: 

  • Windows 10 
  • At least an i7 processor 
  • No less than 8-16 GB Ram  
  • Graphics Card (nVidia 1080 minimum, not Intel Iris integrated graphics) with at least 2GB  
  • 256GB hard drive space minimum  
  • 1920 x 1080 display resolution or higher (most displays offer a higher resolution than this) 

Apple MacBook: 

  • Mac OS 10.15 or newer 
  • At least an i7 processor 
  • No less than 8-16GB Ram  
  • Graphics Card 
  • 256GB hard drive space minimum  
  • 1920 x 1080 display resolution or higher (most displays offer a higher resolution than this) 
  • A dongle to plug additional resources into the laptop is also required for all modern MacBooks 

16 -32 GB memory stick so you can back up your work regularly (approx. £10-20) 

Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments. It is recommended to have a minimum Internet speed of 512kbps. 

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