Can you suggest me which elective courses to enroll for my UXD program


#1

Hi dude :slight_smile:

I am about to enroll for UXD program in Rutgers University, my core coures include - Introduction to User Experience Design,UX Research, Usability Evaluation,Introduction to Visual Design for User Experience.

Can you please help me by suggesting which elective course to enroll that are has great value and the order of courses to be enrolled.

The list of elective courses are
• Special Topics: Mobile App Development from Concept to Market (3) (Fall)
• Web Authoring (3)
• CMD: Social Media (3)** ***
• CMD: Digital Marketing (3)** ***
• Human Information Behavior (3)*** (Fall and Spring)
• Research Methods (3)
• Information Visualization and Presentation (3)*** (Fall)
• Database Design and Management (3) (Spring)
• Business Data Management (3) (Fall)
• Social Informatics (3) (Spring)
• Understanding and Building Social Media (3) (Fall and Spring)
• Social Psychology (3) (Fall)
• Research Methods in Social Psychology (3)
• Sensation and Perception (3) (Fall)
• Research Design and Analysis II (3) ((Spring)
• Memory and Attention (3)
• Organizational Communication (3) (Spring)
• Communication Research (3) (Fall and Spring)
• Methods of Planning Analysis I (statistics) (3)
• Survey Research (3)
• Introduction to Programming for Computational Scientist (3)


#2

A few that stick out for me are:

• Special Topics: Mobile App Development from Concept to Market (3) (Fall)
• Human Information Behavior (3)*** (Fall and Spring)
• Information Visualization and Presentation (3)*** (Fall)

Overall it depends what facet of UX you are most interested in, I see a strong option to study research in depth for instance as well as several that go more into the UI/coding focus which could be very cool too - what “floats your boat?” You may not even know that yet so wait until you have enough of the basic classes under your belt to chose a direction (sorry for the mixed metaphors; boating and belting) :slight_smile:


#3

I read that as bloating and belching! Where are my glasses!?

Ok in all seriousness @kkeertipati @SteveCrow is right - it depends what you want!

Here’s what I’d choose if it was me:

Human Information Behavior (3)*** (Fall and Spring)
Research Methods in Social Psychology (3)
Research Design and Analysis II (3) ((Spring)


#4

Agreed with the bit about choosing what’s right for you. I think it’s really important to be passionate about what you’re studying. It’s also smart to make sure you have well rounded out skills. It’s not just about “UX”.

I’d choose:

Research Methods in Social Psychology (because I’m passionate about SocPsych)
Research Design and Analysis (because these are pretty useful skills that will help you in lots of areas of UX)
Organizational Communication (because it doesn’t matter how great you are at your job, if you can’t sell your ideas to stakeholders you won’t get far)


#5

Thanks a lot. @SteveCrow @AshleaMcKay and HAWK :relaxed:

I will keep your suggested courses as options and I will give priority to courses that I am passionate and interested.