Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

J. Ben Schafer


My thesis investigated the ideas of usability and the design process to create software that is considered usable. I developed a web interface for a Plan of Study Application that would help students make the educated decisions about their studies at UNI. Throughout the development of this application I addressed the following questions: "What makes an interface usable?" and "How does the design process affect a system's usability?" User interface design is an interdisciplinary process and it often involves computer programmers and graphic designers working together. Without clear communication and vision between the groups, the software being developed has little chance of reaching its full usability potential. Throughout my thesis project I discovered how graphic designers and programmers view software development differently and how the communication between them might be improved. I reflected upon how my unique education as both a graphic design and computer science major offers me a distinctive insight into the design process.

Year of Submission



Department of Computer Science

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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