The Software for Non-Designers interactive course aims to explain common aspects of design as way to improve user experience in software engineering, and will provide an introduction to a few basic steps you can apply to your next project. It is taught by Scott Klemmer from UC San Diego, and a team of design-driven development experts from SAP.

Self-paced since December 16, 2015
Language: English

Course information

In this course you will:

  • Grow an understanding of the relevance of design to the development of quality products
  • Learn how to extend the current sense of "product quality" to include delighting end users
  • Understand the role of designers, developers and development architects, product managers, and business experts in design
  • Become familiar with the skills and resources you will need to design and build quality products
  • Deepen your knowledge of design and the work of designers with development and other teams
  • Get familiar with how good design can become a part of your daily work

Course structure:

Each class includes five components to make learning more effective and more fun.

  • Video Lectures – Design thought leaders presenting topics with examples drawn from various sources
  • Check Points – Each lecture will pause at key points for a brief quiz so you can assess your understanding of the materials presented thus far
  • Hands-on Exercise – Small, manageable exercises related to and extending the class topics, to be completed individually or in collaboration
  • Further Reading and Resources – Annotated links to additional class materials as well as topic experts and other sources of guidance

Throughout the course, students will receive points for weekly challenges. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a document confirming course participation.

Course contents

  • Week 1 - What is design and why design matters:

    Design thinking, design practice, and the language of design
  • Week 2 - Design Process:

    The software interface design process, roles and concepts
  • Week 3 - Needs finding:

    Understanding the needs of the people you are designing for.
  • Week 4 - Conceptual Design:

    Matching product design to the work of the user
  • Peer Assessment

  • Week 5 - High Fidelity Design:

    Simple, yet impactful considerations when design software applications.
  • Week 6 - Design at work:

    A peek behind the scenes of how software design works at SAP.

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Course End
Dec 16, 2015
Course Start
Nov 03, 2015

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Andrea Anderson

Andrea Anderson

VP Design Thinking, SAP User Experience Strategy

Andrea is a veteran of Design Thinking in software. With more than 10 years of practicing and teaching design thinking, she has applied the approach to software solutions, product strategy and services.

Andrea has been instrumental in leading the organizational transformation of SAP into an organization that practices Design Thinking throughout the world.

Goran Peuc

Goran Peuc

Principal UX Designer, SAP

Goran has been working in the digital design industry for over 15 years, with no intent to stop. As an SAP Principal UX Designer he is creating products for multi-billion global clients and evangelizes design both within SAP and at the many design conferences he is requested to speak at. Goran loves nature, hiking, and mountain biking and on occasion grills a mean steak.

Scott Klemmer

Scott Klemmer

University of California, San Diego

Scott is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego, where he is a co-founder and Associate co-director of the Design Lab.

He previously served as Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford, where he co-directed the HCI Group, held the Bredt Faculty Scholar chair, and was a founding participant in the He has a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown (with Graphic Design work at RISD), and a PhD in CS from Berkeley.