LBSC 795

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING

Class Participation

Each class is critical to your learning experience. Your energy in contributing to class discussions, small-group exercises, and on-going research will be important. Therefore, coming to class prepared (e.g., reading all course readings, working on project research, etc.) will be necessary to receiving full credit for class participation.

GRADING

Class Participation
    3 points x 15 class sessions
45 points
Online News Site Review
25 points
Mid Term Paper/Presentation
60 points
Final Project/Presentation 120 points
 
Total 250 points

Online News Site Review

You will be asked to choose an online news site to review. Use the readings we have discussed in class to structure your written piece. It should be no longer than 500 words and should include positive aspects and suggestions for revisions. Make sure to include a link to the website you are reviewing! Please work carefully to produce a thoughtful well-organized, well-written piece that makes constructive suggestions about low-level items (spelling, fonts, colors, layouts, etc.), middle-level aspects (consistency, error handling, writing style, menu design, etc.), and high-level concepts (information architecture, navigation, audience appeal, privacy protection, credibility, etc.). Go to the class WIKI to submit your piece. You must submit by 2pm Feb.15th. If it is not submitted on time that day, your grade will be reduced by 5 points. For each subsequent day it is late your grade will be reduced by 5 points. If you have never used a WIKI, see me and we will go over a few basics. All discussions will be graded for content, writing structure, and WIKI participation in the following form.

Midterm Proposal & Presentation

You work for Google and you are the Director of User Happiness. Serge has decided he could like to move Google into a completely new area of technology (he's bored with searching). Therefore, he has asked you give him a proposal for what's next. In no more than 10 pages, but no less than 5, offer the following:
  • A user need that needs to be addressed
  • Supporting information on why you know this is an important problem to solve (e.g., literature, observation of others, personal experience, all of them...)
  • Proposed methods for understanding how to satisfy this need
  • Suggested timeline for implementation of solution
  • Requested resource allocation
  • Any refernces you have cited
All papers must be submitted to the class WIKI between March 15-19, Spring Break week. If it is not submitted by March 19th, your grade will be reduced by 5 points. For each subsequent day it is late your grade will be reduced by 5 points. You must also prepare a 5-minute presentation for March 22nd. It should summarize the highlights of your Google proposal. You will be graded on your paper's content and structure, and your summary presentation in class. The following form will be used to assess your work.

Final Project & Presentation

You work for Smart Design a small design firm that does quite a bit of interface design and redesign for for non-profits, government organizations, and educational eorganizations. You have been requested to do a site visit by a new client. The week of March 29th, your interdisciplinary team will travel to the site and begin needs analysis. Based on your data collection and work with users, develop a prototype (e.g., paper or midtech or interactive) and evaluate user response. In your final presentation to your client please include:
  • your process of research (e.g., needs analysis, data gathering, etc.)
  • your prototype to-date
  • initial findings from your evaluation
  • proposed next steps for your eventual development process
The final project powerpoint presentation must be submitted by email the last day of class, May 10th, 2pm. You will be graded on your content and structure, and your summary presentation in class. If it is not submitted on time that day, your grade will be reduced by 10 points. For each subsequent day it is late your grade will be reduced by 10 points. All final projects will be graded based on the following form.

Academic Integrity

The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. Please visit the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, for more information.