Course Title: Design information architecture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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: Jeanie Hague-Smith
Phone: 9925 4815
Email: jeanie.hague-smith@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 70

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

Element:

2 Classify and organise content.

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

3 Draft information architecture design specifications

Performance Criteria:

10. Sketch overall architecture showing the relationship
between interactive content
11. Design forms that detail content input process if
required
12. Specify search functionality and search return displays
13. Construct wire frame of the content architecture and
navigation pathways
14.Write draft design specifications to include all relevant
advice to development teams
15. Present draft design specifications for discussion with
and feedback from other team members
16. Amend draft design specifications to accommodate
feedback as required
17. Discuss final draft design specifications with clients to
ensure designs are consistent with project requirements

Element:

4 Finalise information architecture designs.

Performance Criteria:

18. Conduct usability test using appropriate testing
techniques
19. Incorporate design changes to information architecture
in design specifications
20. 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
1

Introduction to course: Information Architecture
Organisation and proper file naming conventions for web content.

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

Usability testing. Going through a website and testing its usability.

Look at browser debugging through Firefox and chrome.

 1, 2
202 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. 

Formative Assessment 01: User testing of a website.1,2,4
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 FT
Formative 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
  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 student’s work.Formative Assessment 03: Draft - Organisational website proposal document and presentation1,2,3,4
11Work on website proposal document 1, 2, 3, 4
12Proposal document submission and presentation - feedbackFormative Assessment 04: Final organisational website proposal document and presentation1,2,3,4
13Website development 1,2,3
14Website developmentSummative Assessment 05: Website Design 1 - Submit coded organisational HTML/CSS organisational website1,2,3
15Website development troubleshooting - How to make your site responsive. 1,2,3,4
16Website development links for next level coding successful web sites 1, 2, 3, 4


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

<style type="text/css"> <!--{13919047168700}</style>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. Formative Assessment: User testing of a website - Due week 2

2. Formative Assessment: Creating Sketches/Wireframes/Sitemap for a website - Due week 4

3. Formative Assessment: Draft - Organisational website proposal document and presentation - Due week 10

4. Formative Assessment: Final organisational website proposal document and presentation - Due week 12

SUMMATIVE ASSESMENT TASKS

5. Summative Assessment: Website Design 1 - Submit coded organisational HTML/CSS organisational website - Due week 14

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 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. 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
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback
You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline


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 go to Academic Integrity


Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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