Course Title: Design user interfaces

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6060C

Course Title: Design user interfaces

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6102 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact : Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email:sally.parrott@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact Alain Grossbard

Course Contact Phone +(61 3) 9925 5522
Course Contact Email alain.grossbard@rmit.edu.au

Murray Chapman (e57004)
murray.chapman@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit requires the application of visual communication principles to the design of user interfaces that form part of interactive media products, such as web environments, games or e-learning resources.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG402A Design user interfaces

Element:

1. Identify project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1. Discuss concept 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 and user characteristics
4. Obtain information architecture specifications if available
 

Element:

2. Draft design specifications

Performance Criteria:

1. Visualise concepts and develop preliminary sketches based on content architecture and audience characteristics
2. Sketch basic screen layout showing main spatial zones
3 Specify functional areas within screen layouts
4 Specify metaphors and look and feel of user interfaces
5 Develop final detailed sketches taking into consideration all ideas generated
6 Gain approval from relevant personnel to ensure that interfaces meet all requirements
7 Write user interface design specifications to include relevant advice to development teams
 

Element:

3. Finalise user interface designs

Performance Criteria:

1. Develop focus test plans for user interfaces to identify their strengths and weaknesses
2. Incorporate design changes to information architecture in design specifications
3. Obtain final agreement from relevant personnel for finished designs
 


Learning Outcomes


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design user interfaces for interactive media products.


Details of Learning Activities

Practical activities, case studies and class discussion as well as work relevant assessments.


Teaching Schedule

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18th Jul

Course Induction

  1. Course delivery and assessment details
  2. Course support documents
  3. Online learning environment
  4. Grading
  5. Plagiarism
  6. Appeals
  7. Extensions
  8. Feedback
  9. Privacy
  10. Submission requirements
  11. Resubmission policy
  12. Where to get support
  13. Student responsibilities
     

Course Overview

 
215th Jul Identify and clarify project requirements and design specifications – identify purpose, text samples, determine output format for delivery platform 
322nd JulIdentify and clarify project requirements and design specifications – identify purpose, text samples, determine output format for delivery platform (cont.) 
429th JulIdea generation – research interfaces, copyright, concept sketches including functional areas and design specifications 
55th Aug Idea generation – research interfaces, copyright, concept sketches including functional areas and design specifications (cont.) 
612th Aug Plan approach – design selection, graphic software choice, explore typographical and visual design elementsAssessment 01 due
719th Aug

 Plan approach – design selection, graphic software choice, explore typographical and visual design elements (cont.)

 
826th Aug

Produce user interfaces - use software to develop structure for UI based on final design concepts
• Source or create and integrate all graphic interactive components
• Apply visual design and communication principles to the development of user interfaces

 
  MID SEM BREAK 2-8 SEPT
 
 
99th Sep Produce user interfaces - use software to develop structure for UI based on final design concepts
• Ensure user interfaces meet all design and relevant standards
• Document style using style sheets and templates
• Save UI in appropriate output format
 
1016th Sep Produce user interfaces - use software to develop structure for UI based on final design concepts
• Ensure user interfaces meet all design and relevant standards
• Document style using style sheets and templates
• Save UI in appropriate output format (cont.)
 
1123rd Sep Evaluate user interfaces
• Review UI to assess effectiveness, appropriateness to the user and audience and technical feasibility
Assessment 02 due
1230th Sep Evaluate user interfaces
• Discuss and confirm with relevant personnel additional requirements or modifications to the overall design and undertake any necessary amendments
 
137th OctStudents completing projects – in class practical sessions 
1414th OctStudents completing projects – in class practical sessionsAssessment 03 due
1521st Oct

Last in class practical sessions -  in class workshops
Resubmissions and feedback

 
1628th OctResubmissions and feedback 

 





 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Please refer to your Learning and Assessment tool availabile from your course teacher.


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.
 


Assessment Tasks

Note: This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with RMIT course code VART6061C Create User Interfaces.


Assessment Task 01 - Individual
Due Week 6


Instructions:

  • This assessment is a group assessment and will entail identifying project requirements and drafting design specifications
  • Students will be provided an assessment task in week 2
  • The assessment is accessed through the BlackBoard / Assessments / Create User Interfaces Students MUST follow the outline provided

Marking Guide:
The marking guide is available on BlackBoard under Design User Interfaces


Assessment 2 – Individual
Due Week 11

Instructions:

  • This assessment is an individual assessment.
  • Students will be provided an assessment task in week 2
  • The assessment is accessed through the BlackBoard / Assessments / Create User Interfaces
  • Students MUST follow the instructions provided

Marking Guide
The marking guide is available on BlackBoard under Design User Interfaces


Assessment 3 – Individual
Due Week 14

Instructions:

  • This assessment is an individual assessment.
  • Students will be provided an assessment task in week 2
  • The assessment is accessed through the BlackBoard / Assessments / Create User Interfaces
  • Students MUST follow the instructions provided


Note: Students are required to complete 3 tasks. All tasks must successfully be completed to be deemed competent in this unit. More detailed assessment sheets for each assessment task will be disseminated throughout course delivery.

Submission Requirements: All assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard. All documents submitted must be name correctly incorporating student name and assignment number on each file submitted. Multimple files should be placed in a zip file prior to digitally submitting.


You should:

  1. Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
  2. Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  3. When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available from the Student forms website.
  4. Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Note: Students are required to complete 3 tasks. All tasks must successfully be completed to be deemed competent in this unit. More detailed assessment sheets for each assessment task will be disseminated throughout course delivery.


Assessment Matrix

Full details on how this course is assessed against the Unit elements and performance criteria plus critical aspects of evidence can be found in the Learning and Assessment Tool available from your course teacher.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview