Course Title: Design information architecture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: COSC6214C

Course Title: Design information architecture

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5361 - Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Media)

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jeanie Hague-Smith

ph: 9925 4815

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course investigates the skills and knowledge required to design, test and develop the information architecture of interactive media products, such as simple web sites.

It applies to individuals who work collaboratively with clients and senior team members to develop content, structure and navigation of interactive media products. They also test the prototype.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADIG505 Design information architecture


1. Identify project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss design briefs with relevant personnel to clarify production requirements

1.2 Identify technical parameters of interactive media products, including the delivery platform, that may influence the architecture

1.3 Identify characteristics of target audience or users who will seek and search content

1.4 Assess content to be integrated into or generated by interactive media products


2. Classify and organise content

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research and select relevant thesaurus and metadata standards or tagging methodology

2.2 Organise and construct a content inventory, using classification techniques such as taxonomy or folksonomy, to detail levels of hierarchy

2.3 Assign content labels that are appropriate and meaningful for target audiences

2.4 Identify content search and browse requirements

2.5 Discuss proposed content classification with relevant personnel to confirm it meets project requirements


3. Draft information architecture design specifications

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Sketch overall architecture, showing relationships and pathways between interactive content

3.2 Design forms that detail content input process, if required

3.3 Specify search functionality and search return displays

3.4 Construct wireframes of the content architecture and navigation pathways

3.5 Write draft design specifications and advice for development teams

3.6 Present draft design specifications for discussion and feedback from other team members

3.7 Amend draft design specifications to accommodate feedback as required

3.8 Discuss final draft design specifications with clients and adjust if necessary to meet project requirements


4. Finalise information architecture designs

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Conduct usability testing using appropriate testing techniques

4.2 Incorporate changes to information architecture in design specifications based on test results

4.3 Obtain final agreement from relevant personnel for finished design

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to develop and manage simple HTML websites. In addition, you will to plan information architecture and perform pre-release testing.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities may include, but are not limited to:

• lectures and/or lab work
• teacher directed group activities and projects
• concept development of group and individual projects
• group discussions and class presentations
• peer and teacher feedback
• WIP (work in progress) reviews
• self directed online, library and industry research
• self directed project production work and reflection
• class excursions to events and locations outside of RMIT

Out of class activities may include, but are not limited to:

• maintaining secure daily backups of all assessment and project data
• accessing online tutorial resources
• self directed online, library and industry research
• self directed project production work and reflection
• class excursions to events and locations outside of RMIT

Teaching Schedule


Class content - Web 1


Wk 1

Introduction to Web 1 (Design Information Architecture)

Outline Assessments 

Overview of Web Jargon, history & design trends.
How the web works.

Start coding first website in basic HTML using text Edit.

Hello World uploaded to Digital Media Server.
OH&S and computers


Wk 2

HTML basics 1 – code a basic 2 page website

Introduce A01 - Code a basic 2 page HTML website

Links on the web & folder structure

Web colour models, set up Dreamweaver as editor.


Wk 3

HTML basics 2 – code a basic website HTML
Continue coding first website in basic HTML –

Formatting a page - semantics

Dreamweaver Workspace basics.

Meta & Head - Page Titles, Page Structure - Semantics

Tags: Formatting, Paragraphs, Headings, Lists, Links, Images & linking basic images.


Wk 4


HTML & CSS basics 1 –

code a basic website HTML & CSS

More HTML Formatting

CSS, selectors, properties and values, curly brackets

CSS – inline, internal - or external (linked).

Background Colour & fonts

Class selectors and IDs – re-using classes - comments


Wk 5

HTML & CSS basics 2
Responsive page layout & viewport.

Values and Units: Pixels, %, or Ems.
layout images and floats. Box Model.

Image formats for Web.


Wk 6

HTML & CSS basics 3
Text Styles

Font Properties

Line Height & Paragraph

Saving out assets from Adobe photoshop for layout.

Links and linking

Vender prefixes


Wk 7

WIP review – Present your progress A01 - Code a basic 2 page HTML website

Site built & finished

Uploaded to Digital Media Server.

Trouble shooting HTML code in browser & WC3.

Studio Time

Upload Site


A01 - Code a basic 2 page HTML website

Wk 8

A01 review and project feedback.

Introduce A02 – Website design and prototype (ungraded)

Prototypes and User Testing

Rapid design and wireframe a given website and make a paper prototype (Low-fidelity prototype) of the website. 
Complete Video user experience (UX) testing of the website on another group of students. Critique the prototype design.

Personas and Scenarios - basics.

Wireframe, Sitemaps

Crazy 8s – wireframes/ design creation.


Wk 9

WIP review – Present your progress A02 - Website design and prototype

User testing prototypes, prototype apps & video creation.

Complete Video user testing of the website on another group of students.

Critique the prototype design.

A02 - Website design and prototype

Wk 10

A02 review and project feedback - Feedback Prototyping and User Testing

Introduce A03 – Design and Code HTML/CSS website

Final website design document for St Kilda Festival website (or a negotiated theme of your own) and coded website.

Using Illustrator and/or Photoshop to design for the web
– from UI & wire-frames to design.


Wk 11

Design and Code a website. (St Kilda Festival website) Moodboard, Design document, colour schemes/styleguides

Layout options


Building wireframes for website.

Style guides.


Wk 12

WIP review – Present your progress - A03 - Design and Code HTML/CSS website

Studio Time

Organising Files for coding

Creating design assets for the web


Wk 13


Extracting image assets From Illustrator and/or Photoshop for coding.

Design to code. Different layout options for Navigation
Social Media Links & widgets



Wk 14

Website development & studio time
Options for advanced CSS, animations, transitions


Wk 15

WIP review – Present your progress - A03 - Design and Code HTML/CSS website

Website development & studio time

A03 - Design and Code HTML/CSS website

Wk 16

Scheduled review and feedback of all assessments

Testing website & trouble shooting


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Other Resources

Students are encouraged to make full use of class time, open studio time and University computer lab resources. Please consult the RMIT University web site for details of access times and locations.

Other required resources include, but are not limited to: an A4 or A3 visual diary, drawing materials (pencils of various grades (1B & 2B), erasers, coloured pencils and pens, graphic markers such as Copic brand) broadband internet access, suitable digital media storage such as a portable hard drive or USB flash drive, with at least 32Gb capacity.

Make use of RMIT's library:  HTML and CSS3 Introductory in Cardigan St Library

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and may include practical team based projects.

Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment.To demonstrate competency you must complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. Once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for Assessment Task A03 and for the course. Please refer to the assessment brief for full assessment criteria or assessment rubric. All assessment documents are available on the course Blackboard page through MyRMIT.

Ungraded Tasks:

A01 - Code a basic 2 page HTML website.
Explore the fundamentals of web development by hand coding a basic HTML website.
Due week 7

A02 - Website design and prototype (group).
Design and build a functioning paper prototype wireframe of a website. Complete user testing to inform a final build. 
Due week 9

Graded Task:

A03 -  Design and Code HTML/CSS website.
Design and code an HTML/CSS website. The theme for this project is either the St. Kilda Festival, or a negotiated theme of your own.
Due week 15


Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency.

The assessment matrix for this course can be found on Blackboard through myRmit, or from your teacher.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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