ART 337 - Interaction Design


During this course you’ll study interaction design from a graphic designer’s point of view. The focus will be on how visual presentation, content organization, and usability testing influence user experience.

At the conclusion of this course you should feel comfortable designing for interaction. You should be able to design simple, functioning, interactive environments that are usable, effective, and beautiful. Plan on designing well beyond your ability to program. You will learn how to clearly document the desired functionality so that it could be produced.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, if you are successful, you should be able to:

  1. Describe basic psychological drivers that govern human-interface interaction.
  2. Use correct terminology to discuss and analyze interaction design.
  3. Employ basic user testing methods such as paper and digital prototype testing, heuristic checklists, creating personas, and observational research to evaluate interaction design.
  4. Combine the principles of design with the principles of interaction to create appropriate interaction experiences.
  5. Apply typography to interactive design using tags to define structural hierarchy and web editorial standards.
  6. Develop and follow a relevant process to successfully complete interaction design projects.

Learning Model Architecture

This course is built on the principles of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model.


You will prepare as you complete reading assignments, activities, and all project process steps.

Teach One Another

You will work in groups to complete additional activities and to provide constructive feedback to the other members of your assigned group.


You’ll complete learning summaries for each chapter of your process book. These will allow you to ponder what you have learned each week. You’ll prove your learning as you complete project process steps.


Module 1 - Course Introduction Module 2 - Observation Module 3 - Conventions Module 4 - Feedback Module 5 - Perceived Affordances Module 6 - Clue Finding Module 7 - Visibility Module 8 - Constraints Module 9 - Action Sequence Module 10 - Mistakes and Slips Module 11 - Tolerance Module 12 - Natural Mapping Module 13 - Attention Module 14 - Course Conclusion

Course Overview

General Lesson Outlline

Due Wednesday by 11:59 PM:


Due Monday by 11:59 PM:


Process Book Checkpoints / Final Projects

Course Policies and Expectations

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Course Requirements

Course Texts and Materials

Supplies will be discussed when reviewing individual projects.

Weekly Time Commitment

The online class policy is that for every credit hour, you should expect to spend three hours of work per week. For this class, you should plan on spending approximately nine hours per week.


Major Assignments

The major assignments will be given the heaviest weight in the final grade. The deliverables of each major assignment will receive the largest portion of the assignment grade, but the steps will be graded throughout the project. Missing or incomplete process will be detrimental to the final project grade.


The activities for this course are designed to help you understand basic interaction design concepts. You will include these in your project process books.

Grading Policies

Grades are based on the following point system:

A 93% – 100%
A- 90% – 92%
B+ 87% – 89%
B 83% – 86%
B- 80% – 82%
C+ 77% – 79%
C 73% – 76%
C- 70% – 72%
D+ 67% – 69%
D 63% – 66%
D- 60% – 62%
F below 60%

Grading in the course will be based on the following:

Major assignments 70%
Activities 10%
Reading Quizzes 10%
Discussion Boards 10%
Total 100%

Grading for this class represents the following assessment of student learning and academic performance:

A Distinguished and represents consistently outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems.
B Proficient and represents considerable or significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material which would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment.
C Developing and represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates average initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses may be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging.
D Unsatisfactory and represents poor performance and initiative to learn and understand and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.
F Unsatisfactory and represents failure in the course.

Late Work

Any work that is late will be docked 10%. Any work that is not ready for the final critique is late. Items turned in more than a week after their original due date will not be accepted.

Assignments may be reworked and turned in for re-grading. This option is available only if the assignment is turned in on time. Both the original project and reworked project need to be turned in and meet all the expectations of the final critique.

Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that will cause you to have to turn in an assignment late, like a severe illness or a family death. You must contact your instructor to talk about your situation in order to prevent an automatic lowering of your grade. Proper documentation will be required.

Trauma Excuse

Each student is granted one trauma excuse. It should be used on a day when a final assignment is due. The result is an extension of a due date one day. It doesn’t matter what you use it for. Just be aware that life throws a few curve balls from time to time and you want to have it when it really matters.

Other Items


It is expected that you approach every aspect of this class with the highest level of craftsmanship. Because the medium of the web is relatively new to most of you it is common to put too much focus on the technology. Don’t forget you are designers. Projects should be well-crafted physically and digitally with logical presentations and conclusions. Use all of the skills you have acquired in other classes to present your work in its best context.


Over the course of the semester readings will be assigned and discussed. This is one of the most important parts of the course and should be taken seriously. In a constantly changing field that you know little about it is vital for you to have current information and process that information. You should have opinions about and know the issues that the industry is facing. These opinions should be based on research and analysis from a variety of sources. You should talk about these issues amongst yourselves and seek solutions.


Let’s face it: technology breaks. Servers go down, transfers time out, files become corrupt. The list goes on and on. These are not considered emergencies. They are part of the normal production process. An issue you may have with technology is no excuse for late work. You need to protect yourself by managing your time and backing up your work.


If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course contact the Online Support Center or the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.

Online Support Center

Phone: (208) 496-1411



Text Messaging: (208) 557-4142

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM, MT

Skype: onlinesupportcenterbyui

Live Chat: Available on the Online Support Center website.

Help Desk

Phone: (208) 496-1411



Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 9 PM, Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Additional Information

University Policies

Academic honesty is required and any violation with be dealt with according to the University Academic Honesty Policy

Policy on Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an education program or activity that receives federal funds, including Federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at 496-1130.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, 496-1158. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Personnel Office at 496-1130.


It is illegal and unethical to use someone else’s work without properly crediting the sources, whether online, in print, or other. If you are not sure whether to credit a source, or to quote or paraphrase, or to use original language, please err on the side of citing the source you are using. All work for this course must be original artwork or you must have written permission to use the artwork. If you are using someone else’s work in part or in its entirety you must include their written permission when handing in your assignment.

Personal Conduct

All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing something disrespectful or “venting” is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to re-read the BYU-I Honor Code and the “Principles of Personal Honor.”