Participation Topic Pres. Critique Pres. Weekly IA Deliverables Web Site Project

Classroom Participation (10%)

Students should arrive at class prepared to share their views on the week's assignments and readings by posting to the class listserv. Professional conduct is required of each student. This includes but is not limited to: attendance, polite discussions, timely completion of assignments.

This also includes a 1-page summary of the weekly primary readings, to note your own ideas, questions and to guide our class discussion. These notes are to be turned in at the end of class.

Primary readings are what we will certainly discuss in class. Secondary readings we will discuss as we have time each week and may come up in subsequent weeks. They are also for those who really want to know their IA issues (and refer to them in their IA presentations and papers). Last semester we had time to discuss these almost every week. They are also fertile readings for additional questions in class - be they answered by me or another of your classmates.

Research Topic Presentation (20%) [Top]

A presentation of findings during class time will also be required. Presentations will be displayed using the classroom presentation system and in PowerPoint or HTML format.

The class presentations should take advantage of the presentation system used in 546. It supports a Windows XP PC, a Macintosh with OS X, a document overhead display, sound and a laser pointer (upon request). You should take advantage of these technologies to prepare a multimedia extravaganza (okay - PowerPoint or HTML document will do) to overview your research topic for the class. Be prepared for a brief Q & A session at the end of each presentation.

Class presentations will be evaluated based on a number of different criteria. The grading criteria for your class presentations is outlined in the Presentation Evaluation form.

Date of Presentation
Privacy Policy Issues and Pages Feb. 16
Rachele Content Management Systems Feb. 16
Bridget Jones Metadata and Meta Tags ppt Feb. 23
Christine Alfredson Advertising Feb. 23
Web (Site) Directories
Mar. 9
Search Results Page Design Mar. 9
Alex Cho Logos, Icons and Metaphors Mar. 30
Garrett Stettlor Color and Typography Mar. 30
Hyun Seol Park Dynamic Web Pages (Javascript) Apr. 6
Chris Latham Architecting & Designing for Accessibility Apr. 6
Yongyi Zhou Navigation Menus & Interfaces Apr. 13
Christine Zepeda Cascading Style Sheets Apr. 13
Dana Deloca Audio & Video Apr. 20
Optimizing Web Pages Apr. 20
Andrea Richeson IA for Shopping and Shopping Baskets Arp. 20
Liza Banks Taxonomies and Classification Apr. 27
Jana Tate Link Design and Architecture Apr. 27
Steve Berry Web User Interfaces: Forms and Web applications TBD
Dynamic Content (tickers, headlines & external news links) TBD
Database-Driven Web sites TBD
( For examples of past presentations, see the course pages from previous semesters:
Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2007, Fall 2008 )

Home Page Critique Presentation (20%) [Top]

The Home Page Site Critique is a 15-minute presentation with accompanying "before" and "after" screenshots of the Web page(s) critiqued from a Web site approved by the instructor. Presentations will begin on March 30th.

You may choose to critique any site of your choosing, pending my approval (ask me).

Critiques include a screen shot of the current page, and a screen shot of you new design with commentary on why you're making changes to the design. Take in to account the proposed user audience for the site, accessibility, labelling, navigation, colors, etc. (in other words, the topics we discuss in class) and make an attempt to improve on these current designs.

Presentations should describe your changes and why, and a "before" and an "after" picture. Digital designs are required (no sketches of design). Two main methods for preparing your proposed design:

  1. Download the HTML and graphics for the page and modify the source code yourself and add (or resize) any relevant new graphics you require for your design.
  2. Take a screen shot of the page and use a graphics editing program to "paint over" your proposed re-design.

Divide your new design into some kind of quadrants or use arrows with numbers (or something like that) to note the sections you're reviewing.

Focus should be about how your new design uses good IA principles and can also discuss what you would do to try to make those concepts and designs flow into the other pages.

Weekly IA Deliverables (10%) [Top]

starting on Week 4

Students will complete short assignments given one week in advance that provide an opportunity to demonstrate familiarity with Information Architecture Tools Visio, Dreamweaver and HTML Editors. Each assignment is graded credit/no–credit and will be collected at the beginning of each class on the dates due.

Web Site Project (& final presentation)(40%) [Top]

Web Site IA projects can be for any current or new site you would like (pending approval). Your goal is to build a moderately complex Web site that shows your IA skills and applies concepts from this course.

You will present your design on the last day of class with a 15 minute presentation. The presentation should include:

This presentation should be a tour of what you did and how you applied what you learned in this course. Include the link for your project so others can access and interact with it (and so I can evaluate and grade it).