User experience design
This course includes a single assessed element, a written article in which you can demonstrate your understanding of the principles and techniques you have learned during the two workshops:
User Experience Research and Design for my project
This assessment gives you the opportunity to reflect on the processes and techniques covered in the two User Experience Design workshops and to put your new understanding of UXD to good use.
A 2,000 word article, appropriately illustrated and designed, published on your WordPress install, and linked to from your coursework homepage.
Between the end of Term 1 and the start of Term 2, you will be finalising the details of your Major Project concept and preparing for the Planning stage, the first element of which is the Commodity crit. Many of the ideas covered in the workshops could be employed to define your approach to the various stages of the Major Project.
Effectively, this is a planning document where you can set out your proposals for how you will integrate User Experience Research and Design into your project development workflow for the Major Project. It also gives you the opportunity to develop useful materials just before you will need them. For example, techniques such as user personas, empathy mapping, and journey maps etc. are an excellent way to define your target audience and to work out how your proposed site will be used. You should use such materials as part of your Commodity presentation, so they will have an immediate use.
Also consider how UXD techniques may be used further on in your project. For example, during the testing and analysis phase of your project, you may want to ask friends to test your site and provide feedback. How will this be organised?
You are not limited only to those topics covered in the workshops, feel free to explore User Experience Design (or User Centred Design) to find the tools you may need in developing a robust, accessible, and inclusive approach to the design of your Major Project site.
Note: Part-time, year one students should take the approach outlined above but apply it to the Small Business Website project.
Your article should be approximately 2,000 words in length (not including production materials such as user profiles etc.). The article should be appropriately illustrated and include links to any resources cited in the text. The article should be written in the first person (e.g. “I learned this technique and this is how I will use it for my project”).
The article should be published on your WordPress blog/journal and linked to from your coursework homepage. Materials produced, such as user profiles, empathy maps etc., must be available as .PDF files and linked to from your article.
If you are quoting from other sources (i.e using text or images you have not created yourself), the original source must be clearly cited.
You may use the Studiosity service to review your writing. This is recommended, particularly if English is not your first language.
- Ensure that all the techniques are described in relation to your Major Project – this article is not about theory, or simply describing techniques, it is about planning how you will implement them.
- Ensure the article is written in the first person – it’s about what you have learned and how you will use that learning.
- Check your writing for errors in spelling and grammar.
- Ensure your article is appropriately illustrated.
- Ensure your article is effectively structured – sectioning and heading levels.
- Ensure all supporting materials (e.g. user personas) are saved as .PDF files.
- Check all links from the article to supporting materials and references/citations.
- Check that all non-original work is cited/credited.
- Add a link to the article from your coursework homepage and check that it works.
- Read through the sections above and check that your work conforms to the brief before you submit your work.
Assessments will be based on your coverage of the subject, your understanding of the techniques used, the relevance of the chosen techniques to your Major Project, and how well you have been able to synthesise UXD concepts and turn them into a plan for your project website.
Submission date: 4pm Friday, 12th January 2024