DGTL11003 - User Experience Design
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

User experience design is the practice of designing interactive digital products, services, environments and systems with the aim of supporting and enhancing the user experience. This unit provides an introduction to theories, principles and methods of user experience design. It addresses activities such as conceptualising, designing, prototyping and evaluating interactive products.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
More time is needed between the due dates for assessment tasks. Unit evaluation The due dates for assessment items will be reviewed, bearing in mind the constraints of the study schedule and 12-week term.
The textbook seems outdated in some sections even though it was published in 2015. Unit evaluation The suitability of the textbook will be reviewed.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain theories, principles and methods of user experience design
  2. Identify needs and establish requirements for the user experience
  3. Gather, analyse and interpret data from user experience design activities
  4. Design a conceptual model or prototype for an interactive product, applying theories, principles and methods of user experience design
  5. Evaluate an interactive product in terms of the theories and principles of user experience design

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Practical and Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction
Author/s: Jenny Preece, Yvonne Rogers and Helen Sharp Year: 2015
Edition: 4th edition Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
City: Chichester State: West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free browser plug-in)
  • Pencil (free open source software available from http://pencil.evolus.vn)
  • Adobe Photoshop or similar image-editing software
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSteven Pace (s.pace@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

1. Introduction to user experience design

Week 2 17-07-2017

2. Understanding and conceptualising interaction

Week 3 24-07-2017

3. Cognitive aspects

Week 4 31-07-2017

4. Social and emotional interaction

Week 5 07-08-2017

5. Interfaces

Interface evaluation Due Friday (11 Aug 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

6. Evaluation

Week 7 28-08-2017

7. Data gathering

Week 8 04-09-2017

8. Data analysis, interpretation, and presentation

Week 9 11-09-2017

9. The process of interaction design

Data gathering and analysis Due Friday (15 Sep 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

10. Establishing requirements

Week 11 25-09-2017

11. Design, prototyping and construction

Week 12 02-10-2017

12. Interaction design in practice

Interactive prototype Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

REQUIRED RESOURCES

You must have access to the following resources for this unit.

UNIT WEB SITE

The unit web site provides essential resources for the unit such as a Study Guide and an online discussion forum. It can be accessed at moodle.cqu.edu.au

STUDY GUIDE

The online Study Guide will direct you to all of the essential readings, videos, discussion questions and exercises for each module of the unit. The Study Guide is available in Adobe Portable Document format (PDF) from the unit web site.

DISCUSSION FORUM

An online discussion forum will be provided through the unit web site for discussing matters that relate to the unit The discussion forum is the primary means of support for off-campus students who want assistance with tutorial exercises and assignments.

WORD PROCESSOR

You will need a word processor such as Microsoft Word for writing parts of your assignments.

ADOBE ACROBAT READER

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program that lets you view, navigate and print PDF documents like the DGTL11003 Study Guide. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe web site at www.adobe.com

PENCIL

You will need Pencil, which is an open source prototyping tool. This software may be freely downloaded for both Windows and Mac OS from pencil.evolus.vn

AUDIO RECORDER

You will need an audio recorder that is capable of saving a voice recording as an MP3 file for one of the assignments. Many mobile phones, tablet computers and laptop computers have a built-in audio recorder that can be used for this purpose.

IMAGE EDITOR

You will need an image editor, preferably a recent version of Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is available in the on-campus digital media labs. It can also be purchased at a discounted education price as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from the Adobe web site at www.adobe.com.au. A free 30-day trial version of Photoshop can be downloaded from www.adobe.com/downloads.

WEB BROWSERS

You will need a recent version of Google Chrome (www.google.com/chrome) and Mozilla Firefox (www.mozilla.com) to explore the Web and test the prototypes that you create. Off-campus students are encouraged to install the latest versions of these browsers. On-campus students may use whichever versions are installed in their local computer lab.

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Interface evaluation
Task Description

This assignment requires you to evaluate a web site and prepare an evaluation report. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain theories, principles and methods of user experience design

5. Evaluate an interactive product in terms of the theories and principles of user experience design

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Data gathering and analysis
Task Description

This assignment requires you to demonstrate skills in data gathering, analysis, interpretation and presentation. You must: invite a volunteer to perform a task on a web site while using the think-aloud technique; collect data about the user’s experience by making an audio recording of what they say during the task; transcribe the recording; code the transcript for significant incidents; and write a report that presents your findings. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain theories, principles and methods of user experience design

2. Identify needs and establish requirements for the user experience

3. Gather, analyse and interpret data from user experience design activities

4. Design a conceptual model or prototype for an interactive product, applying theories, principles and methods of user experience design

5. Evaluate an interactive product in terms of the theories and principles of user experience design

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Interactive prototype
Task Description

This assignment requires you to create a structure diagram and an interactive prototype of a web site for a fictitious business. You are also required to write a report that explains your design decisions. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain theories, principles and methods of user experience design

2. Identify needs and establish requirements for the user experience

3. Gather, analyse and interpret data from user experience design activities

4. Design a conceptual model or prototype for an interactive product, applying theories, principles and methods of user experience design

5. Evaluate an interactive product in terms of the theories and principles of user experience design

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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