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Agenda Welcome User centred design and design principles exercise (unit 12). Looking towards the TMA05. What you need to pass. Writing Assignments.
Objectives You will have used an example to discuss user centred design and design principles You will be sure what is required to pass the course. You will feel comfortable with the format of TMA05 You will feel more confident about the prospect of TMA05 and how to begin to tackle the essay question.
User Centred Design 1.Who are the users? 2.What are the users experience? 3.What skills do they have? 4.What tasks will they be using the system for? 5.What are the users expectations? 6.How do they currently perform the task? 7.How will the new system support and/or change their goals, tasks and environment?
assessmentunits coveredweightingthreshold TMA011, 2,315%- TMA02 4, 5,6, 7(1Q)20%- TMA037,8(2Q),1120%- TMA0412, 13, 14, 1520%- TMA05 essay or programming question 20%35% CMA41whole course5%40% 40% weighted average across all assessments AND above the thresholds for tma05 and cma41 What Do You Have To Do To Pass?
Writing Assignments Prepare your environment Plan your time – set a timetable Understand the Question Gather all your resources Research Plan Review the question:plan –Are you doing what you have been asked to do? Write a draft – review it Write the Final version. (spell check!) Hand it in! Review it when it is marked
Understand the Question Underline the main words. Make sure you understand them. What is the subject? Is there a word limit? Write it out in your own words – compare the 2 Start jotting down ideas as they spark.
Word found in the Question What it really means Account forExplain, clarify, give reasons for AnalyseBreak down into its component parts. Examine critically or minutely. Assess/Evaluate Determine the value of, weigh up. Make an appraisal of the worth/validity/effectiveness of something in the light of its truth or usefulness Compare identify similarities and differences between, possibly reach conclusions about which is preferable and justify. Contrast Set in opposition in order to bring out the differences sharply Understand the Words
DescribeGive an account of Examine the argument that.. Discuss in detail the argument given ExplainGive details about how and why IllustrateMake clear and explicit, use appropriate examples Justify Provide adequate grounds for decisions or conclusions, answer the main objections likely to be made about them OutlineGive the main features, structure and arrangement or general principles of a subject, omitting minor details. SummariseGive a concise, clear explanation/account, presenting the main factors, omitting details and examples
Question on a National Identity Card System What is the word length? Margin of error? What is included and omitted in this count? Is it a structured or open question? Are there marks for structure, style and presentation how many? What are the learning outcomes? Who is the audience What resources will you need? (remember you will need to reference!)
Before You Start Plan your Activity Gather all your Resources Prepare your Environment Negotiate your Time. Plan a Reward Nourish – Relieve - Comfort Start
Planning It is probably the single most important task! Clears and organises thoughts Focus on what is relevant It provides a logical, coherent framework for your answer Gives direction – a map Can be textural/diagrammatic personal to you Must be legible and editable
Writing a First Draft Follow you plan! Write a draft. One sentence per point – if 2 pts –they must be related. Keep sentences short and concise Avoid redundancy – especially important when you have a word count!!! Use proper sentences – verb and object, correct tense –don't change. Ensure you writing flows – read it back Review your draft – does it answer the question
Reducing Redundancy Short sentences, cut out the little words such as and, is, it, the. Do you need the flowery descriptions – hard hitting accurate measurable facts! Descriptions are often subjective not objective. Don’t repeat –say it once! If you have a list, create bullet points saves all the and’s, the’s and introductory words.
Reduce the word count! Abbreviate phrases to one word The great majority the majority Along the lines of like It being the case that because/since At some future point later Due to the fact that because In the first instance first Short sentences don’t need and! Don’t say it more than once
Use short words Enough or sufficient Shown or manifested Find or ascertain Began or commenced Use or utilize Need or necessitate Make it easier to understand and to write,