Course Title: Develop web site information architecture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COSC5293C

Course Title: Develop web site information architecture

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6068 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Science

Course Contact: Christina Norwood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4931

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Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

COSC 5290C Design dynamic websites
COSC 5291C Build a document using extensible mark-up language
COSC 5292C Create dynamic web pages

Course Description

This course explores the components of Information Architecture as it applies to web sites – categorization, labelling, navigation, and search. It explores the different schemes available for categorizing information, possible site structures, and various forms of navigation available on web sites.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAITAD146A Develop web site information architecture


Develop navigation system

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Identify content needs

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Plan content structure

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Test and sign off

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Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in classes in which the teacher expounds and explains basic concepts and processes, with closely integrated practical exercises. Students will undertake several case studies of the information architecture of a range of sites on the web. Additionally students will develop the information architecture for a medium scale website as part of a design and development project involving several related courses.

Teaching Schedule

1Introduction to Information Architecture
2Systems and components of an information system
3Organisation systems
4Approaches to organising content
5Assessment - Practical task 1
6Navigation systems
7Assessment - Practical task 2
8Assessment - Practical task 2
9Case study 1
10Case study 2
11Case study 3
12Case study 4
16Assessment - Project due
17 - 18Assessment - Final exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Rosenfeld, L. and Morville, P. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web 2nd Edition, O'Reilly, Sebastopol CA, 2002


Batley, S. Information Architecture for Information Professionals, Chandos Publishing, Oxford, 2007


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competency to be deemed competent.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including skills tests, extended assignment work, and a final written theory exam

Assessment Tasks

Practical task 1 - organise content (10%)
Practical task 2 - develop navigation system (10%)
Project - develop Information arcitecture for a medium scale website (40%)
Exam (40%)

The student must achieve an overall mark of at least 50%, and a mark of at least 50% on the final exam to pass the course and be deemed competent.

Assessment Matrix

 Prac 1Prac 2ProjectExam
Identify content needsNYYY
Plan content structureYYYY
Develop navigation systemNYYY
Test and sign offYYYY

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