Department of Information Technology

Assignment Overview

Assignment status can be found on course page in the studentportalen where you sign in with your student id and password A. If you don't know your ID please contact the it-kansliet.

The assignments in the course include sketching, analysis, design and evaluation of a user interface to a system supporting a particular task - work task or other. You do not have to do any programming. You should present your work through the studentportalen, and your will continuously be evaluated by one of your fellow students. The purpose of these assignments is to give you hands-on experience of the activities, methods and techniques discussed in the course.

Assignment deadlines are published in the schedule. Read the assignment specification carefully!

  • Please note that the different assignments (A1-C3) are linked together and are to be worked with in numerical order.
  • You use the same design problem (i.e the context of use and the task that you want to create a user interface for) for all parts of the assignments.
  • Try to finish all the lectures before starting assignment B1.
  • All assignments have to be approved to complete the course.
  • You should work with your assignment on your own, and continuously, throughout the course.
  • The assignments make up 2 of the 5 credits given for the course.

Choose a design problem

The best thing to do is to choose a design problem from a context/environment that you are familiar with and interested in, or something from your work situation. Just because your design proposal results are to be presented on the web, it doesn't mean your design problem has to be a website or something similar. Contrary, we encourage you not to choose "design a website" as a design problem.
Here are some examples of design problems that you can look through to get some inspiration when choosing your design problem. We do encourage you to choose a design problem on your own. If you do, write a brief description of the context and the design problem. Keep in mind that it is essential that you focus on the user interface and the interaction in your design problem. Mail the description to the course assistant or course responsible for further discussion about whether or not it is suitable for the assignment.

Some design problems are way too large to completely cover in a course like this. Therefore you are allowed to restrict your assignment to cover just a certain part of the problem. If you do, carefully explain this restriction when you submit your choice of project.

Publish your design proposal

If you choose to work with an ordinary windows application, a PDA program, some kind of operator interface etc. you can use some kind of image editor (e.g. Photoshop, PaintShopPro, CorelDraw, Illustrator ...) to make interface images. You can also draw interfaces by hand and then photograph or scan them in order to publish them on your studentportal. There are many ways to do this. The most important is that you clearly can explain/express your design proposal and that you do this in a way that makes it possible to evaluate.

Before you start working with your assignment, we wish to review your choice of design problem. Send an e-mail with a proposition of a design problem to the course assistant or course responsible. Design problems sent in will be reviewed continuously.

Submit the assignments trough Studentportalen

All course participants should publish their work in studentportalen so that you can access the other students assignments and be inspired of the other students ideas and design solutions. Therefore the text in the assignment is to be written in English and saved in a pdf-format.

Groups (1-4)

To handle the large amount of students (and the usability lacks with studentportalen...) we have selected to divide the students in four groups (ca 20-30 students in each group): group 1, group 2, group 3 and group 4. The group division is created to make it easier for the students and the teachers to search and access the other students assignments (especially in the forum). This means that the students can access other students assignments if the students are in the same group. But not if the students are divided into another group.

Supervising

If you need any help with your assignments or choice of design problem, contact the course assistants. Students in group 1 and 2 will contact Ryoko Asai and students in group 3 and 4 will contact Magnus Larsson. The other lecturers on the course can provide brief support at their respectively special occasions, preferably via email.

Suggested reading

In order to complete the assignment successfully you need to make use of all the information provided in the lectures, in the textbook, in the links and other reading material. There are also links provided for each of the different parts of the assignments. Read more in the library.

Schedule of deadlines

Assignment Date of deadline
A1 Thu March 28th (17.00)
A2 Wed April 3rd (17.00)
B1 Thu April 11th (17.00)
B2 Tue April 16th (17.00)
C1 Mon April 29th (17.00)
Mid Course evaluation Thu May 2nd
Theoretical assignment Mon May 6th - Sun May 12th (23.59)
C2 Thu May 16th (17.00)
C3 Thu May 23rd (17.00)
Final course evaluation Thu May 23rd

If you meet ALL deadlines and fulfill the requirements of the assignments you have the CHANCE to raise your final grade on the course. This means that if you receive for example the grade" 3" or the grade" B" on the exam you will get the grade "4" or "B" if you have met ALL deadlines and if you are closer to the higher level than the lower level.

Assignment specification

Assignment A

A1.

Task: You will individually present a naïve design solution on usability problem. With a naive design we mean that you don´t need to study any theories for this assignment, assume only from your self and your own experiences. For this assignment you are free to use any tools. You can for example use paper and pen and then take a picture of your sketch, a photo editor, a vector based drawing tool etc. (if you are quick in ASCII art - feel free to use that!)

Presentation: Write a short text of with motivations and explanations to your solution and present a picture. Maximum length is 1 page. There is an example of how to present this under File areas > Documents > Examples of the Assignments A1-C3.

Duration: The assignment is equivalent to 3 hours of work.

Deadline: Thu March 28th at 17.00

Requirements: The picture and short text should clearly explain your intentions with your design and motivations on your decisions.

Instructions for submission: Submit the assignment at two different places in Studentportalen, in the forum called: Assignments A-C and in the file area called: My Assignments A1-C3. The reason for double submission is because we want to make sure that nobody steals your assignments in the future.

  • In the forum called Assignments A-C:
    • Create a "new topic" and name it according to your name: First Name_Family Name . (In this forum there will be one folder/map for each student. In the end of the course each folder/map will be filled with all assignments and comments that are related to each design problem.)
    • Save your A1 as an pdf-document and name it: "A1_ your name".
    • Submit the pdf-document as a reply to in your map/folder.
  • In the file area called My Assignments A1-C3:
    • Submit the A1 in your folder.

A2.

Task: You will comment on one of your fellow student's design solution by using the form "Form for assignment A2.pdf" that is provided through the file area Documents in Studentportalen. The list of who you should comment on will be presented in the same file area after the deadline of assignment A1 has expired. The fellow student's A1 will be found in the forum: Assignment A-C".

Presentation: The comments are to be presented as a pdf-document. Maximum length is 1 page.

Duration: The assignment is equivalent to 1 hour of work.

Deadline: Wed April 3rd at 17.00

Requirements: The comments should be constructive, creative and based on theoretical knowledge instead of personal thoughts.

Instructions for submission: Submit the assignment at two different places in Studentportalen, in the forum called: Assignments A-C and in the file area called: My Assignments A1-C3. The reason for double submission is because we want to make sure that nobody steals your assignments in the future.

  • In the forum called Assignments A-C:
    • Save your A2 as an pdf-document and name it: "A2_your name".
    • Submit the pdf-document as a reply to the student that you commented on (in that student's folder/map, not your own).
  • In the file area called My Assignments A1-C3:
    • Submit the A2 in your folder.

Assignment B

B1.

Task: You will do a field study or user investigation of the same usability problem as you first approached in assignment A. The potential users will be identified and interviewed in order to constitute basis for a new solid design solution in assignment C later on.

Presentation: The procedure, analyze and conclusions of the field study should be presented in a report (maximum lenght is 2 pages). Attach the questionnare or interview questions as appendix (no limit in pages). There is an example of how to present this under File areas > Documents > Examples of the Assignments A1-C3.

Duration: The assignment is equivalent to 14 hours of work.

Deadline: Thu April 11th at 17.00

Requirements: You should do a serious attempt to do a field study and document your work very accurate. You should do a collection of data and also analyze this according to your choice of method. You should present your procedure and choice of field study objects. You should do an analyze and draw conclusions from it.

Instructions for submission: Submit the assignment at two different places in Studentportalen, in the forum called: Assignments A-C and in the file area called: My Assignments A1-C3. The reason for double submission is because we want to make sure that nobody steals your assignments in the future.

  • In the forum called Assignments A-C:
    • Save your B1 as an pdf-document and name it: "B1_ your name".
    • Submit the pdf-document as a reply to in your map/folder (it should have your name).
  • In the file area called My Assignments A1-C3:
    • Submit the B1 in your folder.

B2.

Task: You will comment on one of your fellow student's design solution by using the form "Form for assignment B2.pdf" that is provided through the file area Documents in Studentportalen. The list of who you should comment on will be presented in the same file area after the deadline of assignment B1 has expired. The fellow student's B1 will be found in the forum: Assignments A-C".

Presentation: The comments are to be presented as a pdf-document. Maximum length is 1 page.

Duration: The assignment is equivalent to 2 hours of work.

Deadline: Tue April 16th at 17.00

Requirements: The comments should be constructive, creative and based on theoretical knowledge instead of personal thoughts.

Instructions for submission: Submit the assignment at two different places in Studentportalen, in the forum called: Assignments A-C and in the file area called: My Assignments A1-C3. The reason for double submission is because we want to make sure that nobody steals your assignments in the future.

  • In the forum called Assignments A-C:
    • Save your B2 as an pdf-document and name it: "B2_ your name".
    • Submit the pdf-document as a reply to the student that you commented on (in that student's folder/map, not your own folder/map).
  • In the file area called My Assignments A1-C3:
    • Submit the B2 in your folder.

Assignment C

C1.

Task: You will do a design solution on your user problem that you worked with in assignment A and B, based on your analysis and the assumptions from Assignment B, also use the comments from your fellow students. Use theories that are brought up in the lectures.

Presentation: The design solution should be presented as a pdf-document. Maximum length 6 pages including pictures and motivational and explanational text and theories to your new design. There is an example of how to present this in File areas > Documents > Examples of the Assignments A1-C3.

Duration: The assignment is equivalent to 19 hours of work.

Deadline: Mon April 29th at 17.00

Requirements: You should present sketches of your design solution.

  • You should present scenarios or personas for a user that can be helped by your solution.
  • You should also describe how and why you decided on your final design solution using theories brought up during the course.

Instructions for submission: Submit the assignment at two different places in Studentportalen, in the forum called: Assignments A-C and in the file area called: My Assignments A1-C3. The reason for double submission is because we want to make sure that nobody steals your assignments in the future.

  • In the forum called Assignments A-C:
    • Save your C1 as an pdf-document and name it: "C1_ your name".
    • Submit the pdf-document as a reply to in your map/folder.
  • In the file area called My Assignments A1-C3:
    • Submit the C1 in your folder.

C2.

Task: You will make comments and heuristic evaluations on one of your fellow student´s design solution. Download the complete instructions from the file area under Documents in Studentportalen. The list of who you should comment on will be presented in the same file area after the deadline of assignment C1 has expired. The fellow student's C1 will be found in the forum: Assignments A-C".

Presentation: Maximum length 6 pages, which is 1 page for each evaluation method. There is an example of how to present this in File areas > Documents > Examples of the Assignments A1-C3.

Duration: The assignment is equivalent to 8 hours of work.
Scenario: 2 hours
HTA: 30 minutes
SCW: 2 hours
HE: 2 hours
Think Aloud: 1 hour
Ranking: 30 minutes

Deadline: Thu May 16th at 17.00

Requirements: The document shall clearly show that you have understood how to use the evaluation methods presented in the instructions.

Instructions for submission: Submit the assignment at two different places in Studentportalen, in the forum called: Assignments A-C and in the file area called: My Assignments A1-C3. The reason for double submission is because we want to make sure that nobody steals your assignments in the future.

  • In the forum called Assignments A-C:
    • Save your C2 as an pdf-document and name it: "C2_ your name".
    • Submit the pdf-document as a reply to the student that you commented on (in that student's folder/map, not your own folder/map).
  • In the file area called My Assignments A1-C3:
    • Submit the C2 in your folder.

C3.

Task: You will respond to the evaluation that one of your fellow student performed on your design solution. Possible altering in your design solution may occur after the comments of your fellow student´s evaluation, or if not explain why.

Presentation: The comments and eventually the new design are to be presented as an attached pdf-document.Try to keep the document as short as possible with pictures and motivational text. Maximum length 5 pages. There is an example of how to present this in File areas > Documents > Examples of the Assignments A1-C3.

Duration: The assignment is equivalent to 6 hours of work.

Deadline: Thu May 23rd at 17.00

Requirements: The document shall clearly show that you have reflected on your own design solution. The document shall clearly show that you have understood the critics and created a new design if neccesary.

Instructions for submission: Submit the assignment at two different places in Studentportalen, in the forum called: Assignments A-C and in the file area called: My Assignments A1-C3. The reason for double submission is because we want to make sure that nobody steals your assignments in the future.

  • In the forum called Assignments A-C:
    • Save your C3 as an pdf-document and name it: "C3_ your name".
    • Submit the pdf-document as a reply to in your map/folder.
  • In the file area called My Assignments A1-C3:
    • Submit the C3 in your folder.

Theoretical assignments

  • The exam is a home exam.
  • You have to solve it individually.
  • The questions require well-founded answers.
  • The theoretical assignments are here: PDF; DOC.
  • The exam must be turned in at the latest May 12th at 23.59, through the file area for theoretical assignments in Studentportalen.
  • You do not need to register for the exam.
  • You shall write the home exam in English and NOT in Swedish.

You must answer each question by yourself and in your own words. You are allowed to use all possible references and literature and to discuss with your friends, but you are not allowed to copy or plagiarize the text of other people, from a book, an article, an internet site, etc.
When you submit your home exam in Studentportalen it is automatically checked for plagiarism by Urkund, which is a system to check your answers against a database of known articles and internet sources, as well as to compare your responses with your peers'.

Please send any questions regarding the home exam to Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos.

Mid-course Evaluation - May 2nd 2013.

To get understanding of your opinions about the course, we ask you to fill in a mid-course evaluation. The survey contains only a few questions and your feedback is very valuable to us. The evaluation was here: http://evaluering.ibg.uu.se/cgi-bin/engine_it.pl

Course Evaluation - May 23rd 2013.

In order to improve the course for coming semesters, we ask you to fill in a course evaluation after you have finished your studies. Your feedback is very valuable to us. The link to the evaluation form is here: http://evaluering.ibg.uu.se/cgi-bin/engine_it.pl

Updated  2013-05-23 16:54:10 by Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos.