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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.

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 secondsRachel 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 secondsThis 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.

What topics will you cover?

  • How a smartphone works
  • The features that make a phone interactive
  • Looking for problems to solve with apps
  • Designing an app
  • Testing an app
  • Meeting an app development team

When would you like to start?

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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