CS 314 User Interface Design
F1J 2007 DN
Pfauth, Mike J
BS Interdisciplinary Engineering, University of MichiganMS IOE Engineering, University of Michigan
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Use one of the following custom-edition textbooks (prepared for Park University, fall 2006) for the Visual Basic 2005 portion of the course:
· Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005, Custom Printed Edition, Primis McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0390-731285
· Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005, Custom eBook Edition, Primis Online McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-390-731277
Software: Visual Basic.Net 2005 from Microsoft
Need Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition for the Database Connectivity which is key for a User-Interface Design course today. SQL Server Express, a one-computer stand-alone edition, comes with Visual Studio 2005 and will be used for the database connectivity. Go to the Information and Computer Science Department home page for directions on how to obtain the Visual Studio with Visual Basic.NET 2005 and SQL Server Express from the Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance Software Center! [At the Department site, choose Software and then MSDN Academic Alliance.] Students enrolled in the course will receive a password from the Park MSDNAA Administrator on the first day of class so that they can download the software free from Microsoft MSDN.
**Visual Studio Professional Edition will not work with XP Home Edition.
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS 314 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.
There are four categories covered in the final exam:
(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 5, 6, 10)
Given a problem description, produce a design ( a sketch) of the interface with meaningful object names.
Exam questions: Part 2: Project 2
See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.
Given a problem description, create a solution in the form of a Visual Basic.Net program that uses the proper concepts and methods studied in Chapters 1 – 7 of Beginning VB and Chapters 3, 4, 5, of Advanced VB.
Exam questions: Part 2: 1and 2
(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Short-answer questions that ask the student about User Interface Design concepts.
Exam questions: Part 1: 1-10
Given a problem description, choose the correct interface tools, methods and functions to produce a solution. Debug the code to get a working program.
The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success:
Does not meet expectations
65% to 84%
No exam submitted.
The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Course assessment is based on successful completion of group projects, individual projects, homeworks, quizzes, presentations of homework and tests. The weighting of the assignments will be as follows: Grading weights are as follows: Letter grades are assigned (based on your overall score) as follows:
90 –100 A
80 –89 B
70 –79 C
60 –69 D
less than 60 F
The instructor may change this weighting as found and letter grades as found necessary. Students shall be informed of grade progress on a periodic basis.
After a course overview, the lecture centers on basic human characteristics and limitations. Students are to write-up a short description of their proposed project. This is to assure that the problem is of sufficient complexity and that the student will have users who are available to collect data from (and not just be something they design for themselves).
This series of lectures deals with identifying who the users are. The students are required to observe and/or interview the users. They then are required to develop goal statements that capture their client’s perspective and explain who their intended audience is for their projects.
These lectures describe the techniques for gathering data and developing personas. Students show the results of the initial data gathering session by documenting their interviews and observations. Copies of artifacts are handed in. Personas are created if the problem has sufficient users.
In this class we discuss how to translate goals and understand users into a project design. Students will start developing scenarios and requirements around their data. At this point they will be encouraged to present several alternative paper-based designs. We discuss the various window/VB controls and how we can translate their design into VB prototypes.
This discussion focuses on the entire process of iterative design and usability testing. Students take one of their scenarios and create a happy path of screens. They are required to take paper designs to users and perform usability testing. Students then attempt to revise their design using what they have learned in the usability tests.
These lectures deal with the details of putting a UI together which starts to cover UI guidelines and the use of VB controls.
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Last Updated:8/3/2007 12:47:05 PM