Course Title: Design information architecture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COSC5385C

Course Title: Design information architecture

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5218 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Nicole McKinnon
Phone: 9925 4375
Email: nicole.mckinnon@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This unit of competency is delivered in the class Web 1. This course introduces you to the basic principles of web design and production. You learn how to plan a website from proposal and site map through to visual treatment, content and site production. You learn the principles of content creation for the Web and gain an understanding of the principles of XHTML, CSS structure and styling, web protocols and data management. There is an emphasis on design including typography, color theory, principles of grid layout, positioning and measurement mapping.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG505A Design information architecture

Element:

1 Identify project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss concepts with relevant personnel to ensure that design briefs are fully understood.
1.2 Identify technical parameters of interactive media products, including delivery platform .
1.3 Identify target audience characteristics .
1.4 Identify content to be integrated into or generated by
interactive media products.

Element:

2 Classify and organise content.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research and select appropriate thesaurus and metadata standards if relevant.
2.2 Organise content and construct a content inventory detailing levels of hierarchy using classification techniques .
2.3 Assign labels to content that are appropriate and meaningful for target audiences.
2.4 Identify content search requirements .
2.5 Discuss proposed content classification with relevant
personnel to ensure that it meets project requirements .

Element:

3 Draft information architecture design specifications

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Sketch overall architecture showing the relationship 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 wire frame of the content architecture and
navigation pathways.
3.5 Write draft design specifications to include all relevant
advice to development teams.
3.6 Present draft design specifications for discussion with 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 to
ensure designs are consistent with project requirements.

Element:

4 Finalise information architecture designs.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Conduct usability test using appropriate testing techniques .
4.2 Incorporate design changes to information architecture in design specifications.
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 documentation for information architecture and design and develop simple HTML websites.


Details of Learning Activities

In-class activities:
• teacher guided instruction
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching
• presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises
• simulated workplace activities

Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• online and other research
• independent study


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass Content Elements
1
7/02/11 Introduction to course: Information Architecture and HTML
Organization and proper file naming conventions for web content.

In-class exercise 1: Setting up students RMIT website and uploading files via FTP

Introduce Assignment 1: Sketches, Wireframe and Sitemap for Typofile
 1
2Research of ideas, workflow of a website.

In-class exercise 2 : on coding Typofile webpage using HTML only (home page only). Using headings, paragraphs, bolding, unordered lists and metadata standards
Saving Images for the web
 1,2
3Navigation and Interface Design

Working on Assignment 1: Creating Sketches/Wireframes/Sitemap for Typofile website.
 1,2,3
4Web Layouts/Grids and Typography

In-class exercise 3: on coding Typofile webpage using HTML and CSS (home page) absolute positioning and implementing metadata standards
Submit assignment 11,2
5Colour on the web

Working on Assignment 2: Typofile Photoshop mockup and design specification for developers.

Introduce Assignment 3
 1,2,3
6PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR MON CLASS

Nicole McKinnon’s (Design animation Digital Visual effects class time slot) class -
Introduction to Flash
 1
7Visual Hierarchy

In-class exercise 4: on coding Typofile webpage using HTML and CSS (home page) Box Model
Links
Linking pages

Nicole McKinnon’s (Design animation Digital Visual effects class time slot) class -
Introduction to Flash.
 1,2
8Introduce Assignment 4: Organisational website proposal and presentation

This project will be jointly delivered with Nicole McKinnon during your regular Collaborate in the Creative process time.

Students will undertake research and do conceptual development during this time.


Search functionality
Upload Site

Speaker for organisational website in week 8.
 3
9Usability

In-class exercise 5: on coding Typofile webpage using HTML and CSS (home page) Floats
Form design

Nicole McKinnon’s class (in the Collaborate in the Creative Process class time slot) -
Students will continue to work on Assignment 04: Organisational website proposal and presentation
In their groups and will be required to present their progress for workshopping.
Submit Assignment 31,2,3
10Organisational website proposal and presentation

In-class exercise 6: on coding Typofile webpage using HTML and CSS (home page) Box Model
Links
Linking pages


Nicole McKinnon’s class (in the Collaborate in the Creative Process class time slot) –
Workshop and feedback on Assignment 4: Organisational website proposal and presentation as well as discussion on the collaborative process in relation to this assignment.
Submit Assignment 41,2,3,4
11Students to receive feedback on Assignment 4.

Nicole McKinnon’s class (in the Collaborate in the Creative Process class time slot) –
Receive feedback

Nicole McKinnon’s class (Design animation Digital Visual effects class time slot) class -
Introduction to Flash.
 1,2,3
 Mid Semester Break  
12User Testing
Organisational website proposal amendments and discuss final design with teacher

In-class exercise 7: on coding Typofile webpage using HTML and CSS (contact page)
Links
Linking pages

Feedback here from teacher and students on web design - work in class
Bring Proposal Document in Indesign format and all design files- ie, photoshop, illustrator

Submit Assignment 5
1,2,3,4
13Working on organisational website design and coding 3,4
14Working on coding up organisational website 4
15Working on coding up organisational website 4
16Final coded organisational website, including user testing forms and presentation.Submit Assignment 61,2,3,4
17

Assessment

  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Adobe Creative Team, Adobe Dreamweaver Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press; 1 Pap/Cdr edition (November 13, 2008)

You are advised to make use of RMIT’s library
http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp
You are also advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

Portable HD or Flash Drive
Headphones
Pens/ink pens
Paper
Eraser
Sketchbook
Digital Camera


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessments.

Formative assessment tasks
1. Creating Sketches/Wireframes/Sitemap for Typofile website. Due Week beginning 28/2/11
2. Typofile Photoshop mockup and design spec for developers. Due Week beginning ????
3. Organisational website proposal amendments and discuss final design with teacher. Due Week beginning 04/04/11

Summative assessment tasks
4. Typofile Website and Present - home page, and a contact page 11/04/11
5. Organisational website proposal and presentation. Due Week beginning 02/05/11
6. Final coded organisational website, including user testing forms and presentation. Due Week beginning 30/05/11


Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Feedback:
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions and plagiarism

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;


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