Course Title: Design information architecture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Simone Downey
simone.downey@ems.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

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WeekClass contentAssessment deadlinesElements
1Introduction to course: Information Architecture

Organization and proper file naming conventions for web content.

01 Exercise: Setting up students RMIT website and uploading files via FTP

Userbility testing. Going through a website and testing its userbility.

 1, 2
2
02 Exercise: on coding a project web page using HTML only (home page only). Using headings, paragraphs, bolding, unordered lists and metadata standards


Introduce class assignment 01: Creating Sketches/Wireframes/Sitemap for Typofile website

 Assessment 01: User testing of a website1,2,4
303 Exercise: on coding a project webpage using HTML and CSS (home page only). Saving Images for the web.
Uploading via FTP
 1
404 Exercise: on coding a project webpage using HTML and CSS (home page only). Adding images, background repeats.

Uploading via FTP

 Assessment 02: Creating Sketches/Wireframes/Sitemap for a website.1,2,3,4
5Work through Photoshop mockup and design specification document

05 Exercise: on coding a web page using HTML and CSS (home page) absolute positioning and divs.

 1, 3
606 Exercise: on coding a webpage using HTML and CSS (home page) . Adding navigation. 1, 2
707 Exercise: on coding a webpage using HTML and CSS (home page)
Links
Linking pages
 Assessment task 01 Collaborating to develop a group concept -
experiments in animation and
Group Participation report 1.
 1,2
8Introduction to the assessment of an organisational website project assessment.
Briefing/groups organised
Discuss what to be included in proposal document
 1,3
9Work on website proposal 1,2,3,4
10Submit first draft and give feedback on students work.Assessment 03: First draft: Organisational website proposal document and presentation1,2,3,4
11Work on website proposal document  
12Proposal document submission and presentationAssessment 04: Part 1: Final organisational website proposal document and presentation ,2,3,4
13Website development 1,2,3
14Website development 1,2,3
15Website development 1,2,3
16Website developmentAssessment 04: Part 2: Submit coded organisational HTML/CSS organisational website1, 2, 3
17Assessment and review  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts

Make use of RMIT’s library
http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp
 


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
Adobe Creative Team, Adobe CS6 Dreamweaver Classroom in a Book
Lynda.com
 


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

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Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

 

 

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

FORMATIVE ASSESMENT TASKS
1. User testing website.
2. Creating Sketches/Wireframes/Sitemap for a website.
3. First draft: Organisational website proposal document and presentation

SUMMATIVE ASSESMENT TASKS
4. Part 1: Final organisational website proposal document and presentation
Part 2: Submit coded organisational HTML/CSS organisational website

For further details on assessment tasks visit Blackboard

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieeved Graded.
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
 


Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Copyright
All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:
www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration/online

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees
 

Course Overview: Access Course Overview