WEB 202, UX/UI Design

Web 202 // Seattle College // Spring 2018

We will explore the art and science of designing usable, useful and enjoyable human-computer interfaces, with an emphasis on user-centered design techniques. Students will gain valuable knowledge and experience by working in groups on a design project.

Our focus will be on the study and application of the user experience design process to develop web, mobile and software product concepts that rest on

  • user and industry research and analytics,
  • prototyping and design iteration, and
  • design strategy that acknowledges business solutions and goals

In addition, students will practice design professional presentations.

Critiques are an essential part of the design process and will be a part of nearly every class period. Verbalizing what you see helps you learn. You are expected to be an active participant in all critiques.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to …

  • Communicate specific design concepts, demonstrating a working design vocabulary
  • Make informed user-centered design interface choices based upon heuristic principles
  • Conduct a heuristic evaluation
  • Collect and analyze user feedback in order to evaluate the usability of a web interface and task flow
  • Develop oral justification and persuasive discussion skills
  • Engage in critical peer evaluation

Course requirements

This is a hybrid class; most of the work will take place outside of the classroom. Class sessions will include progress reports and troubleshooting. Students must have assignments completed when they are due.

Students must write a short reflection for each assigned reading. These are due each Tuesday evening; details are in Canvas. The reflections must be more than a one-sentence response to each of the questions. Analyze the article. Think about how it fits in with the other readings assigned in this or other courses, or make connections to things we’ve discussed in class. Stylistically, each answer should feel like it would fit into a blog post that might accompany a link to the assigned article. Snarky comments are welcome.

Course prerequisites

Students should have a basic knowledge of the web and browsers.
WEB 200 with 2.0 or higher or with instructor’s permission.

Course text

 

Recommended books

  • Cooper, Alan. The Inmates are Running the Asylum. Sams – Pearson, 2004 (Amazon).
  • Courage, C. and K. Baxter. (2005) Understanding Your Users. Elsevier.
  • Greenberg, S., Carpendale, S., Marquardt, N., & Buxton, W. (2012). Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook. Amsterdam: Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann.
  • Lidwell, William; Holden, Kritina; Butler, Jill; and Elam, Kimberly. Universal Principles of Design: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design. Rockport Publishers, 2010 (Amazon).
  • Moggridge, B. (2007) Designing Interactions. Cambridge, MA: The M.I.T. Press.
  • Norman, Don. The Design of Everyday Things, Revised and Expanded. Basic Books, 2013 (Amazon).

Assessment

Your final grade will be a culmination of your class assignments:

  • Assignments will create an overall class project with a presentation at the end of the quarter
  • Assignments require critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Assignments will be “due” according to the class schedule
  • Students are responsible for assignment information on assignment pages
  • Students are also responsible for assignment information given in class
  • Assignments will be marked down 25% for every week they are late

*Students must check the schedule before asking the instructor, “When is this due?”

A | High quality work demonstrating outstanding skills, craftsmanship, and innovative approaches to the problem.
B | Satisfies the minimum requirements of the project and demonstrates thorough understanding of concepts and principles.
C | Satisfies the minimum requirements of the project.
D | Does not satisfy the minimum requirements of the project. Problems with quality and/or knowledge of concepts.
F | Falls well below expected standards in solving the minimum requirements of the project.

 

Take care of yourself

Please do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle this quarter by eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and taking some time to relax. Be kind to yourself.
We all benefit from support during times of struggle. There are many resources available on campus should you find yourself struggling, and an important part of the college experience is learning how to ask for help. Ask for support sooner rather than later.

Code of Ethics and Student Conduct

Downloads provided by this site are the intellectual property of the respected author(s) and are available for example and resource purposes only. Students are expected to create their own design and production work and write their own code. Turning in downloaded and/or copied-and-pasted code as your own assignment work is considered plagiarism and is subject to disciplinary action by the college.

It is the intention of SCCC to provide both a safe and nurturing environment for students, faculty and staff. To maintain and promote that environment, the college subscribes to a specific code of conduct, which is in accord with the Washington Administrative Code for all public institutions.

 

Seattle Central policies

Seattle Central College is committed to the concept and practice of equal & equitable opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, Vietnam–era or disabled veteran status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship / status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability, except where a disability may impede performance at an acceptable level.

Statement from the President & Civic Engagement Resources:

https://www.seattlecentral.edu/about/leadership/campus-civic-engagement

Emergency Preparedness

This link provides information about workplace and classroom emergencies:
http://www.seattlecolleges.edu/district/emergencies/workplace911.aspx

Building Evacuation

If you have emergency medical information or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation, all persons should observe the following procedures:

  1. Begin the evacuation process when a verbal or alarm notice is given.
  2. All persons shall move towards the nearest marked exit.  Wheelchair occupants or persons with mobility impairments have first priority for the building elevators, but elevators should never be used in a fire or earthquake.  Time permitting, take book bags, purses and personal belongings with you.
  3. Please familiarize yourself with the closest exit to this classroom.  Use that exit in the event of evacuation.  Assist physically impaired students.

Please contact Shiro Vance at Campus Security for more information. 206.934.5437 or in BE1108

Americans with Disability Act (ADA) (BE1112)

Students with documented disabilities requesting class accommodations, requiring special arrangements in case of building evacuation, or have emergency medical information the instructor should know about are asked to contact the disability support services office (DSS) in BE1112. Once the disability is verified with DSS the student will be given a letter of accommodation (LOA) to be handed to instructor.

Accommodation Process

  • If a student contacts the instructor about an accommodation request the instructor will refer the student to the Disability Support Service office in BE1112 for an appointment to discuss  accommodation needs.
  • If the DSS office determines that the student does indeed have a disability the student will be given a letter of accommodation (LOA) that will state the accommodation to be implemented.
  • The student’s responsibility is to hand the LOA to the instructor. The instructor will sign the letter (if there is agreement with the accommodation) and give it back to the student. Student will return the LOA to DSS.

Student Complaint process

The Dean of Student Development is the designated campus complaints officer and is available to meet with students to discuss issues, devise problem-solving strategies, and if necessary, guide them through the formal complaints process. Contact Kari Mills at 206.934.3840 to make an appointment.

For more information
https://www.seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/student-rights-and-responsibilities/complaint-process

All Gender Restrooms

There are three (3) locations for all gender restrooms on the Seattle Central campuses. Two single stalled restrooms are available on the 3rd floor of the Main Broadway Edison (BE) building. These are located across from room 3216, and open daily until the close of the building (10pm Mon-Thurs; 6pm Fri & Sat) for anyone affiliated with Seattle Central College. Additionally, there is an all-gender restroom located on the 3rd floor of the BE building, on the north end, near IT Services.  The third is located in the Mitchell Activity Center (MAC) building, Level 1 next to the weight room.

For more information
http://www.seattlecentral.edu/maps/be/3rd-floor.php

Reflection Room (BE 3215B)

As of November 2017, Seattle Central College has designated room BE3215B as a Reflection Room space. The purpose of the room is to provide a safe and accessible space for meditation and reflection for students, staff and faculty. In addition, the space is intended to support self-reflective practice for developing a healthy campus community.

The Reflection Room is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please visit the Reflection Room to view the Community Expectations or contact Lyall Rudenskjold, Assistant Director of Multicultural Services, at lyall.rudenskjold@seattlecolleges.edu.

Title IX

Seattle College District has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual violence, rape, bullying, or hazing. Please see District Policy and Procedure 419 for our process on investigating and responding to reports of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.

If you have experienced sexual harassment or discrimination, sexual violence, or bullying, or are aware of an incident involving these violations, report it immediately to SCC’s Title IX Coordinator (Christina Nelson at  206.934.4017, Christina.M.Nelson@seattlecolleges.edu) or to the District Compliance Officer (Jennie Chen at 206.934.3873, jennie.chen@seattlecolleges.edu ).

All Seattle Colleges faculty and staff are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.

Undocumented Student Support (BE1103)

The Multicultural Services (MCS) office in BE1103 offers support for undocumented students at Seattle Central College. Students may contact DREAMer Support Navigator, Sahira Barajas, for more information at 206.934.4005 or by visiting the MCS office.

For more information
https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/dreamers