Welcome to COGS127!
The goal of this course is to teach you to create a UX/product design case study for your portfolio, which is the first step to getting a UX/product design job.
Specifically, you will learn to:
This is a hands-on design course, so in-class activities are a major part of your grade. Please enroll only if you can commit to attend most or all class sessions on MWF 8am-8:50am.
The purpose of this class is to help you make a compelling case study for your UX/product design portfolio, which is the most important prerequisite for getting relevant jobs in the field. In order to do so, we designed this class to match what leading design schools do, which is to have a variety of active learning activities during class times. This is not a typical lecture/exam class of the sort that you're used to in college.
Attendance is a significant part of your grade because there are lots of things that are learned most effectively in-person:
Of course, you can choose to spend your time however you wish, so we give you 3 free absences and the choice to miss more classes if you don't mind missing those points.
Having taught design classes for many years now, one thing I've noticed is that there's a very strong correlation of class attendance with not only grades, but more importantly, with how much true lasting value a student feels they got out of the class.
Finally, everything is correlated: If you notice that one of your teammates is consistently absent from class, then your TA probably also notices, and that person is likely not doing their fair share of work on assignments. You will be privately evaluating your teammates' performance after each assignment turn-in, so the grades of those who don't put in their share of work will be reflected accordingly.
In sum, if you can't consistently commit to coming to class, then I don't think taking this class is the best use of your time.
This course was created in Fall 2019 by Philip Guo, David Wu, Rajiv Sancheti, and Sean Kross. It was inspired by introductory HCI courses by Scott Klemmer and Michael Bernstein.