Experience Design and Usability for the Web

DDD20016 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23

Aims and objectives

This unit explores the concept of Experience Design in which attention is given to the quality and effectiveness of the user experience of the product, which must be recognised and improved. The unit aims to provide skills in Experience Design and usability for digital media design practice. Through practical tasks and critical exploration of the relationship between experience design, usability, design concept and software capabilities, students will extend their understanding of the constraints of particular web design practices and ways in which they drive design. Students will develop an in-depth designed outcome based on this understanding.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse a range of Experience Design practices in the development of a user-oriented product
2. Create a design specification to identify the potential and constraints of web-design and Usability practices to affect design outcomes
3. Develop a Digital Media Design project applying specialised Experience Design and User Testing processes
4. Evaluate and apply User Testing data to improve the quality of the user experience
5. Evaluate the Digital Media Design process, outcome and effectiveness of the user experience in a project document.

Courses with unit

BA-DESCMN3S Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (SOL)
BA-DESDMD1 & BA-DESDMD2 Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design)
CM-DMDBID & CM-DMDESBDES Digital Media Design Co-Major
MN-DIDMEDDES Digital Media Design Minor
MN-WEBDEV Web and Mobile Devices Minor