Spring’15 Final exam review – learning objectives

4 May

Here are the learning objectives that will be assessed in the final exam, along with the overall user-centered design process and its major steps.

At the end of each class, students will be able to…

Class 16 – Wireframing

  1. Differentiate between: sketch, wireframe, mockup, and prototype
  2. Explain the utility of each one
  3. Create sketches by hand and wireframes in Balsamiq

Class 17 – Navigation, Information Architecture

  1. Explain the 3 questions that navigation must answer at all times
  2. Apply the 3 questions to critique existing interfaces
  3. Define “Information Architecture” (IA)
  4. Recognize and create IAs using different organization logics (task-based, audience-based, topical, life-event, etc.)
  5. Solve IA problems using card sorting

Class 18 – Homepage design

  1. Explain the purposes a good homepage needs to fulfill
  2. Analyze homepages and evaluate how they fulfill these purposes

Class 19 – Writing for the Web; Excise

  1. Apply content strategy thinking to specific problems
  2. Apply principles for writing for the web
  3. Define excise
  4. Identify examples of excise and propose solutions for removing excise

Class 20 – Typography, color, branding

  1. Define “style tile” and “mood board” and explain the difference between the two
  2. Integrate color and typography insights into creating a style tile

Class 21 – Responsive; Cross-channel

  1. Explain the basics of what CSS is and what can be done with CSS.
  2. Define responsive design
  3. Explain the main things to take into consideration when designing responsive UX: layout (number of columns) content hierarchy, navigation; mobile first
  4. Sketch solutions for responsive design of a site

Class 22 – Accessibility; Interface controls

  1. Define accessibility and its importance for UX design
  2. Identify the 4 types of interface controls: selection, imperative, entry, display
  3. Define the concept of “interface language”
  4. Select and use controls correctly, respecting the conventions of the interface language they are working in

Class 23 – Usability evaluation- introduction

  1. List various methods for evaluating UX solutions
  2. Explain the difference between review/inspection methods and testing methods
  3. Explain the difference between formative and summative evaluation
  4. Define cognitive walkthrough and explain how it is conducted
  5. Explain the difference between cognitive walkthrough and heuristic evaluation
  6. Conduct cognitive walkthrough

Class 24 – Planning and conducting usability testing

  1. Define objectives for usability evaluation
  2. Plan a usability evaluation session (steps, procedures, measures to take)

Class 25 – Reporting the results of usability testing

  1. Identify a strategy for presenting usability results based on the audience for each report and the audience’s needs
  2. Decide what data to present and in what order to present it
  3. Create appropriate graphs and charts for representing the data

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