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CS 314 User Interface Design
Gangloff, John C.


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Course

CS 314 User Interface Design

Semester

F2U 2008 LU

Faculty

Gangloff, John C.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MA Information Technology
BS Computer Science
AAS Avionic Systems

Daytime Phone

623-332-0989 (cell)

E-Mail

John.Gangloff@park.edu

jgangloff@deru.com

Class Days

------S

Class Time

8:00 - 1:10 PM

Prerequisites

CS 219

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design, 3rdEdition, Wilbert O. Galitz, Wiley & Sons, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-470-0342-3

And 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

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Additional Interface Information

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/printerFriendly/uibook/fog0000000249.html

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.

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Course Description:
The student will learn techniques of programming a user interface in a graphic environment. Topics include the common tools for creating graphicinterfaces, rules for consistency, human factors, intuitive design and feedback. Interface downfalls in common software packages will be identified. Students will work in groups to test an interface of their own design. PREREQUISITE: CS 219. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The Instructors educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet,  web sites and writings. The Instructors will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate the importance and benefits of design.
  2. Examine the social concepts involved in interface design, including human factors, learning curve and intuitive design.
  3. Use the principles of good screen design to evaluate existing software interfaces.
  4. Demonstrate how and determine when to use the interface tools common to all environments, including radio buttons, check boxes, list boxes, dialog boxes, command buttons, and text boxes.
  5. Program database connectivity.
  6. Develop menus and navigation schemes.
  7. Explain how and determine when to use icons, graphics and color effectively.
  8. Write clear and meaningful text and messages.
  9. Demonstrate several ways to provide guidance and assistance (user documentation) in the interface.
  10. Create an interface for a specific database using Visual Basic as the implementation language.
  11. Demonstrate the steps involved in testing an interface.


Core Assessment:

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: 

Analysis

(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.

 

Synthesis:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 5, 6, 10)

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

 

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

 

Concepts/terminology:

(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

 

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

 

Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 5, 6, 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.

Exam questions: Part 2: 1and 2

 

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

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:

 

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam submitted.

 

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

Class Assessment:

Homework
Final Project
Mid Term
Final
Class Pariticipation

Grading:

Project          500 pts
Midterm        200 pts
Final              200 pts
Homework    100pts

The following will be used to assign course letter grade:

1000 - 900      A
  899 - 800      B
  799 - 700      C
  699 - 600      D
  599 -     0      F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Will approval from instructor

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Common courtesies, towards the other students and the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

Week

Assignement

Homework/Programming

Week 1

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design
Chapters 1 & 2
Part 2 Step 1

Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005
Chapters 1 & 2

HomeWork 1 Assigned
Basic Form

Week 2

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design
Part 2 Steps 2 & 3

Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005
Chapters 3 & 4

HW 1 Due
Basic Form

Week 3

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design
Part 2 Step 4

Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005
Chapter 5

HW 2 Due
Data Read

Week 4

Midterm
The Essential Guide to User
Interface Design
Part 2 Steps 7 & 8

Advanced Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005
Chapter 2

HW 3 Due
Data Read

Week 5

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design
Part 2 Step 9

Advanced  Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005
Chapter 3

HW 4 Due
Data Update

Week 6

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design
Part 2 Steps 11 & 12

Advanced Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005
Chapter 4

HW 5 Due
Data Add

Week 7

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design
Part 2 Steps 13 & 14

Advanced Programming the User Interface for Database Connectivity Using Visual Basic 2005
Chapters 5 & 12

HW 6 Due
Data Delete

Week 8

Final Exam
Project Due

 

 
 
 
 

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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Last Updated:9/28/2008 6:18:32 PM