Interaction Design and Informatics

Sunyoung KimInteraction Design and Informatics Concentration Coordinator: Sunyoung Kim, Ph.D.

This concentration provides students with the practical skills and theoretical understandings they need to become leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative products and technologies.

Concentration Goals And Objectives

This concentration gives you the skills needed for you to serve as a professional for careers related to interaction design, human-computer interaction, user experience design, and user-centered research. In particular, you will:

  • Create innovative user interface systems through a user-centered design thinking process
  • Explore design opportunities based on qualitative and quantitative data acquired from users
  • Master prototyping skills from paper-based, low-fidelity paper protypes to high-fidelity,  functional prototypes
  • Develop analytical perspectives in understanding and evaluating user interfaces
  • Practice communication skills to effectively deliver design ideas
  • Practice the skills for collaborative project management through a team-based project

This concentration requires 36 credits, which are usually taken over four semesters. All MI students take the same courses for Zero-credit, Technology requirement, and Foundational requirements. To fulfill requirements for this concentration, you need to take 3 concentration requirements. These courses for concentration requirement are designed to acquire knowledge and skills incrementally. In particular:

  • “Foundations of Interaction Design & Informatics” is an introductory course, covering the fundamental principles, techniques, and areas of development in interaction design
  • “Experimental Design and Evaluation” teaches practical skills to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data for user-centered design
  • “Interaction Design” provides students an opportunity to build a strong design portfolio through projects


Requirements For Interaction Design And Informatics Concentration

Program Requirements

36 credits, plus 3 zero-credit courses

Zero-credit Courses (required for all students):

Minimum Technology Course Requirement (3 Credits):

Note: This course is required for Library & Information Science students. For the other concentrations, our program assumes that students have attained the competencies and objectives listed for 550. Please look at the course to determine if you meet the standards. If you do not, you must also take this course. If you have any questions, contact Associate Teaching Professor of Library and Information Science Anselm Spoerri.

Foundation Courses (6 credits), select 2/4:

Note: Refer to the specific course study plans to see if a particular foundation course is required for your concentration.

Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (9 Credits):

It is strongly recommended to take “Foundations of Interaction Design & Informatics” in the first semester, followed by “Experimental Design and Evaluation” and “Interaction Design” in the next semesters. It is recommended take one concentration requirement course per semester.

Concentration Electives & General Elective

“The ITI program helped me develop both depth and breadth. Not only did I establish a strong technical foundation, I also grew my understanding for how technology influences our lives across various contexts. Through relevant coursework and hands-on practical training, I gained perspective for a wider range of social, economic, and organizational factors that lead to more successful applications of technology.”

Chris Doris, ITI ’03, MI ’21, IT professional for a major financial services firm