Certificate in User Experience (Certificate in User Experience)

Dublin City University (CUX)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in User Experience

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

38

Department

Open Education

General Information
Contact

Motasm al Haj Ali

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Phone

01-7005483

Address

Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Role

Digital Learning and Academic Support Officer

Important Dates
Application Deadline

21/08/2020

Start Date

05/10/2020

End Date

31/08/2021

About this Course

This one year, part-time course has been designed to provide participants with an immersive set of modules which enhance users online experience (UX) and support user interaction (UI) (National Skills Bulletin 2017 p.10).

Objectives

This course will develop your knowledge and skills and provide you with much sought after expertise in user experience and user interaction. This course is the perfect launch pad for those who wish to pursue a career in Ux and is ideal for those who are unable to attend full-time campus based programmes.

On successful completion of this course you will receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in User Experience.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will, in the first instance, be required to evidence that they meet HEA entry requirements. This evidence will be submitted as part of the Application process and can include evidence of employment, residency and prior education as appropriate. For more information on eligibility visit the Springboard+ website.

Additionally, applicants must meet University entry requirements. Those under 23 years of age must meet the minimum entry requirements of the university which are: Irish Leaving Certificate Grade C3 in two Higher Level Subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics AND English or Irish, FETAC level 5 or other equivalent. For more detailed information see: http://www4.dcu.ie/registry/entry.shtml.

In general applicants for certificate programmes will already hold a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) award at Level 5 or 6 or equivalent.

Non-native speakers of English must meet the English language entry requirements of the University. See: http://www4.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml

It is important to note that applications to funded programmes, such as Springboard, are over-subscribed and those who meet the minimum entry requirements are not guaranteed a place on the programme. Selection criteria may be applied over and above the minimum entry criteria. Such criteria include those we have found predictive of success in the past, for example:
Prior, successfully completed, post-compulsory education at level 6 or 7
Work experience relevant to the field of study

Applicants may be required to submit an application letter, attend interview and/or complete some preparatory coursework in order to determine their suitability for this intensive course.

As this is an online distance education programme, students are required to have on-going access to a computer, related software and a reliable internet connection.

Long Description

This one year, part-time course has been designed to provide participants with an immersive set of modules which enhance users online experience (UX) and support user interaction (UI) (National Skills Bulletin 2017 p.10).

The Certificate in User Experience consists of two subject-specific, integrated, 15 credit modules and one, 7.5 credit, Career Transitions and Success module.

The course will be delivered through engaging teaching and learning methods with a mix of both leading academics and active industry practitioners. The course will be taught online, with tutorials held mainly on weekday evenings through live online classrooms. Course delivery will be augmented with a number of relevant online industry events.

Indicative content for modules is as follows:
Exploring Interaction Design (HS1)
Introduction to Interaction Design
Research Methods
Establishing Requirements
Sketching and Prototyping
Evaluating Usability & User Experience

User Experience Design (HS2)
User Cognition and Design
User Affect and Design
Designing to Support User Communication
Designing to Support People Working in Organisations

Career Transitions and Success (O1501)
Create a personal development plan through goal setting and action planning to plan your future with confidence and flexibility
Develop a professional profile to share with prospective employers by utilising a relevant contemporary approach
Investigate career opportunities through industry engagement and research of the sector
Demonstrate interview/presentation skills

This course is the perfect launch pad for those who wish to pursue a career in UX and is ideal for those who are unable to attend full-time campus based programmes. Graduates receive a level 8 DCU certificate.

Why Choose This Course

The National Skills Bulletin (2017 p. 97) identifies a skills shortage in web design, particularly web related applications ‘focusing on enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user interaction (UI)’. These skills, which are becoming increasingly important as businesses migrate to online platforms, are developed in the modules on this programme.

Digital design is regarded as one of the three most important design disciplines which Ireland needs to focus on (Winning by Design p. 28), with Interaction Design (IxD) at its core. This course is suitable for those with a passion to exploreinteraction design principles and methods ‘to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business can convert into consumer value and market opportunity’ (Brown, 2009).

Additionally, given the pace of change in design it is essential for designers to upskill. This course provides existing digital designers with recognised continuous professional development so that they can remain current and add value to whatever sector they engage with.

Career Opportunities

This course will develop your knowledge and skills and provide you with much sought after expertise in user experience and user interaction. This course is the perfect launch pad for those who wish to pursue a career in Ux and is ideal for those who are unable to attend full-time campus based programmes.

Timetable Info

Online tutorials are held on weekday evenings or Saturdays and are normally of 1.5 hours duration.

Delivery Location

Online

Delivery Notes

Online

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Motasum al Haj Ali

Address

Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Phone

01-7005483

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Application Procedures

This course is free for the unemployed.
For employed applicants the fee is €320.00

Applicants apply through the Springboard Application System.

Former/existing DCU students are required to supply their student ID number in their application.