Spring 2019 Syllabus

A 15-week course where students learn the basics of creating products powered by AI that create new relationships with users

Little reminder about what’s important in life, no matter where AI takes us. Do not let your days in Texas slip past you without exploring the parts technology will never replace.

Tuesdays 6:00–9:00pm in DFA 4.106

Instructor

Catalog Description

Course Overview

  1. Research Report Presentation
  2. Final Presentation

Objectives & Assessment Instruments

  1. Clearly, quickly explain what a cognitive AI experience is to a non-tech savvy person
  2. Understand the core components of AI and how they work together to create a cognitive experience
  3. Structure and conduct lightweight user research
  4. Execute an AI focused design thinking process
  5. Demonstrate skills in preparing a product story and demo for pitches

Course materials

  • A Medium account (https://medium.com/)
  • A Mural account (https://mural.co/education/)
  • Presentation software (Google Slides, Keynote, etc.)

Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures and Critical Thinking Discussions
  • Reading + writing assignments
  • Expert guest speakers
  • A LOT of in class working time
  1. For the duration of this course, play, experiment with, even build relationships with conversational interfaces. Alexa. Siri. Google Home. Online chat bots. In store concierges. AI apps and VR/AR/MR games…I highly recommend keeping a running Medium post or journal of notes on these interactions to inform your own AI experience and prep you for Q&A during the final presentation.
  2. You will work with the same team of 4–5 people throughout this class on your two big assignments. For each of these assignments, a portion of your grade will be determined by your peer evaluations. Be a good teammate.

Attendance

Homework

Final Projects

  • Quality of product strategy feasibility and elevator pitch — 20 pts
  • Design and execution of primary and secondary research plan — 20 pts
  • Relevance of resulting insights and experience principles — 20 pts
  • Overall preparedness of presentation and ability to respond to audience questions — 20 pts
  • Peer Reviews — 20 pts
  • Cohesiveness and clarity of storytelling to quickly establish empathy for the problem, who the user you’re focusing on is, key points of your concept/user journey, and product strategy — 20 pts
  • Your concept’s success in using AI Design Thinking to create a new, valuable, user focused solution — 20 pts
  • Your concept’s accuracy in it’s use of AI capabilities — 20 pts
  • Overall preparedness of presentation and ability to respond to audience questions — 20 pts
  • Peer Reviews — 20 pts

Grade Scale

Class meeting dates, Spring 2018

  • Lecture
  • Discussion and Q&A
  • Homework
  • Lecture
  • Discussion and Q&A
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • Lecture
  • Discussion and Q&A
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • Lecture
  • Discussion and Q&A
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • In class exercise
  • Homework
  • Lecture
  • Discussion and Q&A
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • Lecture
  • Discussion and Q&A
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • Lecture
  • Discussion and Q&A
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • In Class Work
  • Homework
  • Finish Final Presentations