CS3382 Web Usability Design and Engineering
Part IPart II
Course Duration: One Semester
Credit Units: 3
Medium of Instruction: English
CS2161 Fundamentals of Web Technologies; or
CS2172 Fundamentals of Computing; or
CS2204 Fundamentals of Internet Applications Development; or
CS2311 Computer Programming; or
CS2312 Problem Solving and Programming; or
CS2313 Computer Programming; or
CS2331 Problem Solving and Programming; or
CS2332 Object-Oriented Programming; or
CS3270 Fundamentals of Computer Networks and the Internet; or equivalent
Equivalent Courses: Nil
Exclusive Courses: Nil
This course aims to provide students with a balance of design and engineering concepts, principles and professional practices related to Web site design and usability. It also aims to develop students’ ability to design, create, and analyze Web sites for usability and accessibility.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):
(state what the student is expected to be able to do at the end of the course according to a given standard of performance)
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
|1.||perform a Web site design project using established process models and professional practices; || |
|2.||create, design and implement a Web site by applying sound design principles and professional practices for usability and accessibility; || |
|3.||perform usability testing or use other techniques and tools to improve Web usability; || |
|4.||develop an inquisitive attitude to appreciate, learn and critique new technologies and trends in Web usability engineering. || |
Teaching and learning Activities (TLAs):
(designed to facilitate students’ achievement of the CILOs)
Suggested lecture/tutorial/laboratory mix: 2 hours lecture; 1 hour tutorial.
|ILO No.||TLAs||Hours/week(if applicable)|
1 – 4
|Journal or report – Students are expected to do a fair amount of reading both within and outside of the textbooks. They are required to document in a journal or report their learning and insights of Web site design, usability and accessibility professional practices. || |
1 – 4
|Presentation – Students are required to give presentations in class and discuss their findings. The teacher will guide discussions and help focus issues. || |
1 – 4
|Mini-Project – Each student will be required to select an existing Web site and critically analyze its usability and accessibility. They will create a new design of a simple Web site following professional practices, guidelines and standards in Web design, usability and accessibility. The mini-project should be documented in a project report.|| |
(designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs)
|ILO No.||Type of assessment tasks/activities||Weighting (if applicable)||Remarks|
|CILO 1||Coursework – The quality of students’ process in the mini-project will be used to assess this CILO.|
Exam – Questions will be designed to assess students’ knowledge of Web site development process models, the key process steps, their objectives and milestones, as well as professional practices and their rationale.
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|CILO 2||Coursework – The quality of the Web site developed in the mini-project will be used to assess this CILO. The student’s journal or report will also demonstrate his/her depth of knowledge in these areas.|
Exam – Questions will be designed to assess students’ knowledge of design principles as well as usability and accessibility guidelines.
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|CILO 3||Coursework – The quality of usability testing performed and any other techniques and tools used in the student’s mini-project, together with the journal or report, will be used to assess this CILO.|
Exam – Questions will be designed to assess students’ knowledge of usability testing, its process, purpose and outcomes, as well as the use of other techniques and tools.
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|CILO 4||Coursework – Examples of new technologies and trends will be presented in class. Students will document their studies in their journals or reports. They should analyze their mini-project and critically examine how it might relate to new technologies and trends.|
Exam – Questions will be designed to assess students’ knowledge on new technologies and trends and their potential impacts on Web usability engineering.
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Grading of Student Achievement:
Examination duration: 2 hours
Percentage of coursework, examination, etc.: 60% CW; 40% Exam
Grading pattern: Standard (A+AA-…F)
For a student to pass the course, at least 30% of the maximum mark for the examination must be obtained.
This is a CEF approved course, students who want to apply for CEF claims must achieve at least 70% minimum attendance and obtain at least 50% passing mark for the assessment of the course.
Web site development methodologies. Web site usability and accessibility. Web standards. XHTML/CSS. Design principles and style guidelines. Information architecture. Graphic design and layout. Usability testing. Search engine optimization. Web site analytics. Web 2.0.
Department of Computer Science