Fiches de cours 2018-2019


Quantification of user experience


Enseignant(s) :

Boullier Dominique Georges Léon




The course will deliver all the conceptual and technical resources required for managing a user-centered design process that depends more and more on sophisticated quantification methods.


User experience is the target and the resource of the digital economy: provide new valuable experience, get the feedback from traces and tests, trigger the contribution from online communities and reinvent the product, the service, the content. Digital Humanities provide new attractive user experiences. They also design the sensors, the traces, the tests, the metrics and the concepts for understanding user's behavior. The course will deliver all the conceptual and technical resources required for managing a user-centered design process that depends more and more on sophisticated quantification methods.


1/ Cognitive and semiotics dimensions of UX (sessions 1 and 2)

a/ Perception, memory and attention

b/ Semiotics


2/ Design methods (sessions 3 and 4)

a/ User modelling (from Eco to Norman)

b/ User-centered design: quantification and feedback data in the loop


3/ Quantification and feedback of UX (sessions 5, 6 and 7)

a/ Big Data in quantification history:

b/ Audience theories, design and methods

c/ Psychometrics and tests


4/ History of cognitive technologies and innovations (sessions 8 and 9)

a/ Historical landmarks in cognitive technologies

b/ History and sociology of innovations (related to content industry and UX)


5/ Cultural differences in user experience (sessions 10 and 11)

a/ A primer on anthropology and theories of representation

b/ Sociotechnical analysis of innovations and appropriation processes


6/ Collective engagement in UX (sessions 12 and 13)

a/ Principles

b/ Methods


7/ Presentations and general discussion (session 14)




quantification; networks; social sciences; opinion; digital architectures; digital methods; traces; memetics; attention economy; smart city.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses


Recommended courses


Important concepts to start the course

Attention,  appropriation, public

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Highly interactive course including readings and reports, debates, design of methods for small projects.

Expected student activities

Readings every week, documentation for case studies, debates during the sessions, small project in teams of 2.


Assessment methods

- 40% Final Individual report in the form of an essay about one specific method (20 pages and a technical summary)

- 20% Reading report and presentation

- 40% Final Project in teams of two.


Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes



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Ressources en bibliothèque

Dans les plans d'études

Semaine de référence

8-9  CM1100  
13-14 CE1100   
      Exercice, TP
      Projet, autre


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