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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

Final exam study guide

1 May

Please find below the learning objectives for the topics covered in the final exam.

UCD process – major steps

Heuristic evaluation

  1. Apply Nielsen’s 10 heuristics to critique interfaces.
  2. Conduct heuristic evaluation.

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

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, topica, life-event, etc.)
  5. Solve IA problems using card sorting

Homepage design

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

Writing for the Web, Excise

  1. Apply principles for writing for the web
  2. Define excise
  3. Identify examples of excise and propose solutions for removing excise

Typography, branding, color

  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

Responsive Web Design

  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

Mobile UX

  1. Connect already learned material to Mobile UX
  2. Define important concepts related to Mobile UX, such as: Fitts’ Law, Chrome, Nav and Status bar
  3. Summarize Mobile UX guidelines
  4. Apply Mobile UX guidelines

Social UX

  1. Go through the UCD process in order to plan social UX

Cross-channel UX

  1. Define cross channel UX and distinguish it from multi-channel UX
  2. Define pervasive information architecture
  3. Explain principles (heuristics) for pervasive information architecture
  4. Apply the principles of pervasive information architecture to outline a cross channel user experience

Evaluation

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

Usability testing – planning & conducting

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

Usability testing – reporting results

  1. Write the various sections of a usability report
  2. Create appropriate graphs and charts for representing usability reports

Review for final exam

24 Apr

The final exam will cover concepts discussed since the midterm, but also the user-centered design process in its entirety.

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Click the Lecture Summary tag or category name on the right to see all of Dr. V’s slides and notes from each class session.

In addition to the blog notes, you are expected to master content from your notes during class discussion and, of course, the readings.

The topics the exam will adress are:

  • Usability principles for homepage and navigation design – what are the main questions the homepage and navigation should always answer? How are these implemented?
  • Menus & controls – what are the major types of menus and controls? For example, is a checkbox a selection, imperative, entry, or display control?
  • Writing for the Web – what are some guidelines for writing for the web? What is the inverted pyramid style? Why don’t users read online?
  • Nielsen’s 10 heuristics – if I give you an example, and a list of possible heuristics it violates, can you identify the correct one?
  • Usability evaluation – usability inspection, focus groups, cognitive walkthroughs, usability testing. What are these, how are they done, what are the steps?
  • Cross-platform & mobile – what are some major issues to consider when: designing across platforms; designing for mobile? What is responsive design and how does it work?
  • The overall user-centered design process.

Please feel free to collaborate on questions & answers related to the final exam in the comments below.