Language: English

Course description

Foundations of user experience (UX); definition of key terms and concepts. Introduction to UX research. Exploratory, formative and summative user studies. An overview of user research methods used in UX. Introduction to UX design process and principles.

 Course objectives

This course aims to,

  • familiarize the students with key concepts in UX,
  • teach the fundamentals of UX research and design,
  • and help students understand the relationship between UX research and UX design.

Aykut Coşkun Assist Prof. Dr. Department of Media and Visual Arts

We explore technologies, products and services that lead to a better quality life through applying user centered design methods to everyday life problems.

Research interests: Industrial design, user centered design, design for behavior change, sustainable design, design theory and methodology, participatory design.

Since this is an online version of the actual User Experience Principles course taught at Koç University, these skills will be mainly practiced by using digital design tools (e.g. Adobe XD and Miro).

Course outcomes

Students successfully completing this course will,

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of UX research and design,
  • be familiar with a typical UX research and design process,
  • acquire a basic knowledge of UX research and design terminology.

Course outline

Week 1


25 January

26 January 27 January

28 January

10:00-10:50 Lecture 1: Introduction to UX No class


Exercise 3: Interviewing with users

(individual work)

No class
10:50-11:10 Break Break
11:10-12:00 Lecture 2: Components of UX Exercise 4:

Creating personas (group work)

12:00-13:00 Break Break Break Break
13:00-13:50 Tutorial 1: Introduction to Miro Exercise 1:

Problem framing (group work)

Exercise 5:

Creating HMW questions

(group work)

Lecture 4:

UX design process

13:50-14:10 Break Break Break Break
14:10-15:00 Lecture 3:

UX Research Part 1: Exploratory research

Exercise 2:

Preparing questions for exploratory user research

(group work)

Presentations 1:

Problem framing, personas, and HMWs


Lecture 5:

Idea generation techniques

Week 2


1 February

2 February 3 February

4 February

10:00-10:50 Exercise 6: Brainstorming (individual & group work) No class Tutorial 3: Prototyping in ADOBE XD


No class
10:50-11:10 Break Break
11:10-12:00 Exercise 7:

Idea selection and refinement

(group work)

Exercise 9:

Designing the User Interface

(group work)

12:00-13:00 Break Break Break Break
13:00-13:50 Presentations 2:

Selected ideas

Tutorial 2: Introduction to ADOBE XD Lecture 7:

UX Research Part 2: Evaluative research

Presentations 3:

Project process and the outcomes

13:50-14:10 Break Break Break Break
14:10-15:00 Lecture 6:

UX Design principles

Exercise 8:

Creating user flows

(group work)

Exercise 10: Preparing questions for evaluative user research

(group work)

Presentations 4:

Project process and the outcomes

High School Winter Camp on Instagram

Some of the work done in the last semester in the User Experience (UX) Project course taken by our undergraduate students.

Details about the student works: @ixdresearchgroup