Course Syllabus


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CS 352 Introduction to Usability Engineering

Credits: 4

This course combines approximately 120 hours of instruction, online activities, and assignments for 4 credits.

Instructor name: Hannah Scott

Instructor email: (best way to contact me)

This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Course Introduction

Basic principles of usability engineering methods for the design and evaluation of software systems. Includes the study of human-machine interactions, user interface characteristics and design strategies, software evaluation methods, and related guidelines and standards.

Prerequisites : CS 151 with C or better or CS 161 with C or better or ENGR 103 with C or better or CS 295 with C or better or ECE 151 with C or better Equivalent to: CS 252

Technical Assistance

If you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, contact 24-7 Canvas Support through the Help link within Canvas. If you experience computer difficulties, need help downloading a browser or plug-in, or need assistance logging into a course, contact the IS Service Desk for assistance. You can call (541) 737-8787 or visit the IS Service Desk online.

Learning Resources

This course does not have a required textbook. Reading assignments will be provided in the form of lectures, articles online through OSU’s library, and other online resources.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the human-centered design process and usability engineering process and their roles in system design and development.
  2.  Discuss usability design guidelines, their foundations, assumptions, advantages, and weaknesses.
  3. Describe the basics of ethical research with human participants.
  4. Design a user interface based on an analysis of human needs and prepare a prototype system via state-of-the-art design tools.
  5. Assess user interfaces using different usability engineering techniques.
  6. Make a final report that justifies design decisions.
  7. Create a research portfolio to market themselves as a UX Researcher.

Course Content and Schedule



Due Wed

Due Fri


Syllabus & Looking for Group


Syllabus Quiz (Individual)



HCI / IXD, UXR, Usability 

IRB Training (Individual)

Brainstorm a UX project idea (Individual)

Discussion 1 (Individual) 



Design Processes & UX Research

Quiz 1 (Individual)

Project Kick Off (Group)

Project Scope (Group)


Exploratory User Research

Quiz 2 (Individual)

Figma (Individual)


Personas, Scenarios, Design Principles


Research & Insights (Group)


Initial Design, Concepts, Paper Prototypes

Quiz 3 (Individual)

Initial Design Post (Individual)


Expert Reviews, Empirical Evaluations

Initial Design Replies (Individual)

Heuristic Evaluation (Individual)

Initial Designs & Concepts (Group)


Interactive Prototyping

Quiz 4 (Individual)

Prototype & Evaluation Plan (Group)



User Experience, Emotional Design, Accessibility 

Prototype Evaluation (Group)


A UX Researcher Career 

Quiz 5 (Individual)

Improved Prototype Post (Individual)


UX Stakeholder Presentation 

Prototype Replies (Individual)



Final Prototype (Individual; DUE MONDAY)

The deadline to choose your own groupmates for the term project (rathe than being assigned to a group randomly) is the the drop day for a 100% refund.

Holidays this term (Instructors and TAs will not be working):

  • November 11
  • November 24
  • November 25

When you've finished reviewing this syllabus, please take the Syllabus Quiz

Grading Policies

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Distribution of Points by Assessment



Group Project Assignments


Individual Assignments






Final Project


Total Points:


In this course, the points are transparent (meaning, an assessment worth, e.g., 3 points is worth 3% of your grade). 

Course Policies

Student Conduct

Allowed :)

NOT allowed >:(

Showing your work with an instructor or TA, or sharing report drafts with your discussion group.

Giving your work to a (current or future) student so they can copy it.

Discussing strategies and concepts with classmates.

Submitting someone else's work as your own or claiming their work as yours.

Submitting incomplete Assignments before the deadline with a note saying you are going to resubmit.

Asking for an extension after missing the deadline for an Assignment (except in unavoidable emergencies).

Asking too many questions by email, in Teams, or on the class message board.

Not understanding what you need to do, not asking for help, and then asking what you can do after it’s too late.

Disagreeing with someone on the message board.

Name-calling, stalking, or counter-productive comments.

Discussing the assigned reading or quiz questions in Teams, on Ed Discussion, or in your Canvas discussion group.

Sharing the quiz questions or answers publicly or outside of a class communication medium.

Late Work Policy

You must submit all assignments before the due date. With the exception of the mandatory IRB training assignment, we will not accept submissions if the deadline is missed. If you do not submit before the due date, you will receive no credit.

However, we do have a "revision grace period" policy for the assignments. If you (or your group) are unable to fulfill an assignment or project step to your satisfaction before the due date--for any reason--you may notify the TA (via a Canvas comment along with the original on-time submission) that you plan to submit a revision. You may then submit a revision within 2 days. Discussion posts/replies, quizzes, and the final project are not eligible for late revisions.

If you 1) submit a partial fulfillment of the requirements before the due date, 2) notify the TA when you submit your first attempt, and then 3) resubmit a revised version of your work within 2 days, your grade will reflect your final submission only without incurring penalties. If you do not resubmit within 2 days, your grade will reflect your original (potentially incomplete) submission. 

If nothing is submitted by the deadline, Canvas will put an automatic 0 in the gradebook for that assessment. Graders will skip grading assignments that have a 0 put in already. For eligible Assignments, if you submit something (anything) before the deadline, then Canvas won't put that 0 in and your grader will see your submission. They will check for a comment to see if you are planning to use the revision period, and if so then they will hold off on grading your work until the revision period ends. So if you want an extension, submit something before the deadline, or you'll get a 0 that won't change. 

Exceptions may be made at the instructor’s discretion for documented emergencies e.g. hospitalization, or extraordinary extenuating circumstances.

You may submit your draft early (most assignments will have templates that you can use to start your draft) with your comment in Canvas to guarantee your 2-day revision extension (even if you don't end up needing it). 

Discussion Participation

Students are expected to participate in all graded discussions. While there is great flexibility in online courses, this is not a self-paced course. 

Proctored Exams

There will be no exams in this course.


Incomplete (I) grades will be granted only in emergency cases (usually only for a death in the family, major illness or injury, or birth of your child), and if the student has turned in 80% of the points possible (in other words, usually everything but the final paper). If you are having any difficulty that might prevent you from completing the coursework, please don’t wait until the end of the term; let me know right away.

Guidelines for a Productive and Effective Online Classroom

Students are expected to conduct themselves in the course (e.g., on discussion boards, email) in compliance with the university’s regulations regarding civility. Civility is an essential ingredient for academic discourse. All communications for this course should be conducted constructively, civilly, and respectfully. Differences in beliefs, opinions, and approaches are to be expected. In all you say and do for this course, be professional. Please bring any communications you believe to be in violation of this class policy to the attention of your instructor.

Active interaction with peers and your instructor is essential to success in this online course, paying particular attention to the following:

  • Unless indicated otherwise, please complete the readings and view other instructional materials for each week before participating in the discussion board.
  • Read your posts carefully before submitting them.
  • Be respectful of others and their opinions, valuing diversity in backgrounds, abilities, and experiences.
  • Challenging the ideas held by others is an integral aspect of critical thinking and the academic process. Please word your responses carefully, and recognize that others are expected to challenge your ideas. A positive atmosphere of healthy debate is encouraged.

Expectations for Student Conduct

Student conduct is governed by the university’s policies, as explained in the Student Conduct Code ( . Students are expected to conduct themselves in the course (e.g., on discussion boards, email postings) in compliance with the university's regulations regarding civility.

Communication and Where to Go for Help

Hannah Scott (instructor): (best way to contact me)

Feel free to message me on Teams without an appointment; I'm generally very active and will usually get back to you within a few business hours.

Please note that you are not responsible for keeping up with all communication channels. I will post any changes to assignments or otherwise necessary announcements on Canvas. We have a Teams workspace and Ed Discussions message board for your convenience, but you do not have to keep up with all activity on Teams/Ed Discussions. 

ULA names | contact info (weekly office hours): 

Please note that we do not get notifications for comments made on assignment submissions in Canvas. We only see those if we happen to go look at your submission after the comment has been posted. So if you make a comment after your grader puts the grade in, they are very unlikely to ever see it or know about it. (This is similar to how, if a professor grades your paper and hands it back to you in class, if you then write comments on it in response to their feedback, they won't know about it unless you then give the paper back to them so that they can see the notes that you've written.)

You can expect assignments to be graded within 5 business days after the due date. 

We also have Ed Discussions (a Q&A forum for help from the instructor and other students), and Teams (a forum for more informal interaction with other students, and also for office hours)

Ecampus Student Resources

University Policies


Academic Calendar

All students are subject to the registration and refund deadlines as stated in the Academic Calendar:

Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at . DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations.

Statement Regarding Religious Accommodation

Oregon State University is required to provide reasonable accommodations for employee and student sincerely held religious beliefs. It is incumbent on the student making the request to make the faculty member aware of the request as soon as possible prior to the need for the accommodation. See the Religious Accommodation Process for Students .

Accessibility of Course Materials

All materials used in this course are accessible. If you require accommodations please contact Disability Access Services (DAS) .

Additionally, Canvas, the learning management system through which this course is offered, provides a vendor statement certifying how the platform is accessible to students with disabilities.

Academic Integrity

Integrity is a character-driven commitment to honesty, doing what is right, and guiding others to do what is right. Oregon State University Ecampus students and faculty have a responsibility to act with integrity in all of our educational work, and that integrity enables this community of learners to interact in the spirit of trust, honesty, and fairness across the globe.

Academic misconduct, or violations of academic integrity, can fall into seven broad areas, including but not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; falsification; assisting; tampering; multiple submissions of work; and unauthorized recording and use.

It is important that you understand what student actions are defined as academic misconduct at Oregon State University. The OSU Libraries offer a tutorial on academic misconduct , and you can also refer to the OSU Student Code of Conduct and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standard’s website for more information. More importantly, if you are unsure if something will violate our academic integrity policy, ask your professors, GTAs, academic advisors, or academic integrity officers.

Ecampus Reach Out for Success

University students encounter setbacks from time to time. If you encounter difficulties and need assistance, it’s important to reach out. Consider discussing the situation with an instructor or academic advisor. Learn about resources that assist with wellness and academic success .

Ecampus students are always encouraged to discuss issues that impact your academic success with the Ecampus Success Team . Email to identify strategies and resources that can support you in your educational goals.

For mental health:

Learn about counseling and psychological resources for Ecampus students . If you are in immediate crisis, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting OREGON to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For financial hardship:

Any student whose academic performance is impacted due to financial stress or the inability to afford groceries, housing, and other necessities for any reason is urged to contact the Director of Care for support (541-737-8748).

Code of Conduct

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits Academic Misconduct and defines it as:

Any action that misrepresents a student or group’s work, knowledge, or achievement, provides a potential or actual inequitable advantage, or compromises the integrity of the educational process.

To support understanding of what can be included in this definition, the Code further classifies and describes examples of Academic Misconduct, including cheating, plagiarism, assisting and others. See the Code of Student Conduct: for details.

You are expected to do your own work and demonstrate academic integrity in every aspect of this course. Familiarize yourself with the standards set forth in the OSU Code of Student Conduct Section 4.2. You must only access sources and resources authorized by the instructor. You may not show your work to any other current or future students without the instructor’s authorization. Violations of these expectations or the Code of Student Conduct will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. If there is any question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct, it is your responsibility to seek clarification and approval from the instructor prior to acting.

Tutoring and Writing Assistance

NetTutor is a leading provider of online tutoring and learner support services fully staffed by experienced, trained and monitored tutors. Students connect to live tutors from any computer that has Internet access. NetTutor provides a virtual whiteboard that allows tutors and students to work on problems in a real time environment. They also have an online writing suite where tutors critique and return essays within 24 to 48 hours. Access NetTutor from within your Canvas class by clicking on the Tools button in your course menu.

The Oregon State Online Writing Suite is also available for students enrolled in Ecampus courses.


Your instructor may ask you to submit one or more of your writings to Turnitin, a plagiarism prevention service. Your assignment content will be checked for potential plagiarism against Internet sources, academic journal articles, and the papers of other OSU students, for common or borrowed content. Turnitin generates a report that highlights any potentially unoriginal text in your paper. The report may be submitted directly to your instructor or your instructor may elect to have you submit initial drafts through Turnitin, and you will receive the report allowing you the opportunity to make adjustments and ensure that all source material has been properly cited. Papers you submit through Turnitin for this or any class will be added to the OSU Turnitin database and may be checked against other OSU paper submissions. You will retain all rights to your written work. For further information, visit Academic Integrity for Students: Turnitin – What is it?

Establishing a Positive Community:

It is important you feel safe and welcome in this course. If somebody is making discriminatory comments against you, sexually harassing you, or excluding you in other ways, contact the instructor, your academic advisor, and/or report what happened at so we can connect you with resources.


Student Evaluation of Courses

The online Student Evaluation of Teaching system opens to students during the week before finals and closes the Monday following the end of finals. Students receive notifications, instructions, and the link through their ONID. They may also log into the system via Online Services. Course evaluation results are extremely important and used to help improve courses and the online learning experience for future students. Responses are anonymous (unless a student chooses to “sign” their comments, agreeing to relinquish anonymity) and unavailable to instructors until after grades have been posted. The results of scaled questions and signed comments go to both the instructor and their unit head/supervisor. Anonymous (unsigned) comments go to the instructor only.

Student Bill of Rights

OSU has twelve established student rights. They include due process in all university disciplinary processes, an equal opportunity to learn, and grading in accordance with the course syllabus:

Course Summary:

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