|Course Code :||2800PSWSNI|
|Study domain:||Communication Studies|
|Semester:||Semester: 2nd semester|
|Study load (hours):||168|
|Contract restrictions: ||Credit and exam contract not possible|
|Language of instruction :||Dutch|
|Exam period:||exam in the 2nd semester|
At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
An active knowlegde of :
There are no technical or graphical prerequisites.All skills regarding scripting, structuring and visualizing a webpage are taught from the beginner level on. Students who already have experience with HTML or CSS can, in agreement with the teacher, follow a specific trajectory during the first two weeks.A passive knowledge of :
With respect to performing a user test, students are expected to be capable of performing a qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Students are also expected to have a basic notion of target group-oriented communication.
The course is taught in Dutch. Given that most domain-specific literature is in English, most reading metrial consists of English texts.
- General knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet
General notion of the basic concepts of:
The student has a basic notion of how a computer works, is capable of using a browser to surf the Internet, and is familiar with the map structure (i.e. a tree structure) that is normally used on a personal computer.
Specific prerequisites for this course:
* Basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
* Basic knowledge of computer operation.
* Understanding of socio-demographic groups and their cultural characteristics..
2. Learning outcomes
This seminar connects to the master program's competences regarding:
* using means of communication (in this case: interactive mpeans of communication) in the media landscape,
* applying quantitative and qualitative methods of research, and more specific: applying these in the domain of Human-Computer Interaction (CHI).
* identifying the different phases in the development of a media product. More specific the iterative process of web creation is followed, from the establishment of a target group to the creation of a working prototype.
* oral and written presentation of results.
In specific, the following competences are addressed:
* The student knows how to use the basic techniques that are nowadays applied to design, visualize, structure and make available a web page.
* The student is aware of the advanced techniques that are nowadays used to to design, visualize, structure and make available a web page.S/he knows which techniques can be used to what end, and can implement these techniques by means of code reuse.
* The student has the basic skill to do the graphic and structural design of a web site: typography, organization of screen space, navigation structure and use of metaphores.
* The student is capable of identifying and defining advanced problems of visualization and structure.
* The student is capable of identifying web usability problems and is able to describe how these can be solved.
* The student is capable of performing a user test aiming to improve the usability, likeability and utility of a website.
* The student is able to report the results of a user test to both a client and a designer.
* The student is able to proceed in an iterative fashion, whereby research provides input for design decisions
* The student is able to document design decisions that have been made
3. Course contents
* Learning to use HTML and CSS. Students learn, aided by a text editor, to create and structure a HTML document.
* Learning to use (at basic level) fonts and colors, principles of graphical organization, and web metaphors.
* Identify principles of interaction and navigation, and apply these in the design of own site.
* Defining a target group, and constructing a user profile
* Performing an expert analysis based on a set of usability heuristics
Performing a usability test, with attention to: selection of
respondents, production of scenarios and assignments, coaching and
observation during 'think aloud' protocol, analysis and presentation of
quantitative and qualitative results.
4. Teaching method
Class contact teaching: LecturesPractice sessionsTutorials
Personal work: ExercisesAssignments:IndividuallyAssignments:In group
Project-based work:In group
5. Assessment method and criteria
Continuous assessment: AssignmentsParticipation in classroom activities
Portfolio: With oral presentation
6. Study material
Jon Duckett (2011). HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites. Wiley.
Carol M. Barnum (2011). Usability Testing Essentials. Ready, Set...Test!. Elsevier.
The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
7. Contact information
Prof. Dr. Steven Malliet
Stadscamus De Meerminne - lokaal M233
Contact hour: Wednesday 10u30-12u30
Individuele coaching by appointment.
(+)last update: 21/05/2013 23:55 steven.malliet