University of Baltimore IDIA Student Feedback

5 May 2010 - 4:15pm
6 years ago
3 replies
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Hello everyone,

I have decided to go to the University of Baltimore and have officially enrolled as a new grad. student for the Fall 2010 semester.

If you are a current student at U.Baltimore in the IDIA masters program, please share with me your feedback on:  the program, classes, professors, research opportunities, conference opportunities, if you recieved an assistantship, and other information you would like to share!

Thank you so much! Cool



5 May 2010 - 11:43pm
Yvonnia Martin

Hi Nikki!

Welcome to the University of Baltimore! I am actually close to finishing the the program and plan to graduate in December.

One thing I can say about the program is that there is a lot of overlap in the classes. For example you may take an interface and interaction design class, but cover a little bit of user research. Or you may take an information architecture class and touch on interaction design. I used to be sooo annoyed by that, but now looking, back, I'm glad they do else would all this information stick in your head!?! Kathryn Summers is VERY knowledgeable and tries to stay up to date on the latest info in the field. The program is very practical and hands will have actual clients. I think they are adding new courses to the program too (advanced interaction design, designing for mobile, etc.).

Someone once told me that they started the program but did not finish. They thought it was hard and boring. She must have taken the Human, comuters and cognition class. That one was tough! But you manage. I think this stuff is fascinating!

My only gripe is that some of the professors are easy graders. I know I sound like a nerd, but I want to know that my grade was earned and that it wasn't given just because i showed up and did the assignments.

Good luck in the program!

11 May 2010 - 12:26am

Thanks for the feedback, Yvonnia! I'll be starting in the fall semester and will actually be taking Humans, Computers, and Cognition. What makes this class so hard What kinds of assignments are given?

Since you'll be graduating in December, do you have any leads on jobs yet? 


11 May 2010 - 1:54pm
Yvonnia Martin

(whoa...experiencing a flash back sequence and got the chills)...Okay, Nikki, I'm back  :0)

This Humans computers and cognition class deals with the brain--I mean we talked about how the brain perceives things; the flaws of the brain; special interest groups like the elderly, kids, mentally challenged; we even got into the really heavy scientific areas of human factors--where you are examining the equations used to break down a person's motor responses, and the link between your hand, eye and brain, etc. Very intense. For me, it was tough understanding some of those very scientific reading assignments and then having to write about them. There was a book that the professor used that I was ready to burn...then, i sold the book...and now I want it back  :0(

Regarding  job leads: My advisor is getting approached A LOT by companies looking for people like us...she sends opportunities all the time. As for me, I'm starting to put my feelers out there.  Got a couple of bites, we'll see how it goes...wish me luck :)


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