Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2018-44
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: March 26, 2018
Date of Second Reading: April 23, 2018
Title of Motion: Request from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering/ College of Integrative Sciences and Arts - Polytechnic School - for the establishment of a graduate program – MS in User Experience
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: User Experience focuses on systems compatibility with peoples’ needs and peoples’ reciprocal satisfaction with those systems. The user experience program addresses the research, design, content development, communication, tone of voice and validation of all system components and products with which an end user interacts. This includes hardware and software user interfaces, informational products, help systems, user support, and the like. It is a natural extension, and an important specialization, within Technical Communication (TWC), Graphic Information Technology (GIT) and Human Systems Engineering (HSE), which focus on understanding user needs, tasks, procedures, capabilities, and limitations when using technology and interacting with information. User experience focuses on peoples' compatibility and satisfaction with those systems and products.