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Creating a Great User Experience for Mobile Apps

Discover the essentials of user experience and bring your product to life by designing your own mobile app.

32,694 enrolled on this course

Creating a Great User Experience for Mobile Apps
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Digital upgradeFree
This course is part of the An Introduction to Coding and Design program, which will enable you to get acquainted with programming and the fundamentals of user experience (UX).

Explore the core principles behind user design and user experience

News, shopping, banking, social media; most of us have multiple mobile apps on our smartphones, but how are they made and what makes a good one?

Dive into the world of app design with the Institute of Coding and learn how to create a great user experience.

You’ll hear from industry professionals on how they go about designing and building apps for their users.

You’ll also have the opportunity to produce clickable prototypes from your own sketches and create your own app.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Rachel Skelton: Nearly everyone now has a mobile phone and uses the latest apps to do all kinds of things that make life easier. But have you ever wondered how designers go about designing the apps that you love? This course will help you find out. Creating a great user experience for mobile apps is one of three courses which introduces you to coding and design. You’ll learn about the features of a smartphone and how they influence the design of an app, all the way to actually designing your own clickable prototype app. You’ll also hear from experts and people getting started in app design about how they use their skills to make amazing products.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds This course group is part of our portfolio of digital and professional skills courses, which covers a diverse range of subjects from coding to remote working, all available for free to help you begin building your career today. Whether you’re new to the world of work or forging a new career for yourself, we’ll look forward to sharing your journey into the fast-moving digital space. Join us online now.


  • Week 1

    How to design a mobile app

    • Welcome

      Before you get started, take some time to meet Mark Martin MBE, who will guide you through the course. You'll also have the opportunity to meet your fellow learners and plan your learning journey.

    • What is smart about a smartphone?

      Before you start to design apps for a smartphone, it’s helpful to look at the smartphone itself. In this activity, you’ll look at a brief history of the features that make a smartphone and then at the anatomy of a modern phone.

    • Interactivity, screen size and user experience

      Now it’s time to look in more detail at the ways people interact with smartphones. You’ll see why the touchscreen is so important to app design for smartphones and look at the ways users can interact with smartphone apps.

    • Identifying a problem

      How do you choose what an application will do? And how do you design an app that makes best use of a smartphone? You’ll find out in this step, along with some tips from the CEO of a mobile software company.

    • Summary

      You’ve reached the end of the first week. Let’s review the steps of the course so far and look forward to what’s coming next week.

  • Week 2

    What comes before code?

    • Welcome to Week 2

      This week, you're going to learn about sketching and prototyping apps.

    • Designing your app – user journeys and initial sketches

      The first steps of this week focus on sketching out your app. You’ll map what a user journey might look like, and then sketch screens of your app with pen and paper.

    • Testing your app by developing clickable prototypes

      In this activity, you'll turn your sketches into a 'clickable' prototype that works on a phone. You’ll test it with real people and hear from an expert about the importance of testing and research to user experience design.

    • Meet the development team

      In this activity, you’ll learn about how user experience design functions in the working world. You’ll meet someone early in their career who’ll share their experience, and learn a bit about how design fits into technology teams.

    • Summary

      In this activity, you reflect on the two weeks of the course. You’ll have the opportunity to read a summary of the key topics in the course and find out about the next steps you may like to take.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the features of a smartphone that influence the design of an app.
  • Describe how interactive and visual features contribute to great user experience of apps.
  • Discuss the various roles and stages necessary to make a mobile app.
  • Identify and describe a simple problem that an app could solve.
  • Design screens and architecture of a mobile app using pen, paper and your own smartphone.
  • Produce clickable prototypes from your sketches and test them.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who have digital skills but would like to build confidence in using digital technology in the workplace.

This may include those studying for A-levels, those who have a degree, or those who want to improve their career prospects.

The course will also be useful for anyone in employment who wants to boost their digital skills or anyone returning to the workplace who’d like to gain confidence in how working practices have evolved.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Digital Skills for the Workplace collection from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a technologist and designer. I make things out of hardware, software, and the internet. When not making technology and art, I also write music and build instruments. I originally studied English.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.


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What's included?

University of Leeds are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible