COMP08155 2018 Project UX 400

General Details

Full Title
Project UX 400
Transcript Title
Project UX 400
Code
COMP08155
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
COMP - Computing
Department
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
Credit
15 - 15 Credits
Duration
Stage
Fee
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Adrian Durcan, Shane Banks
Programme Membership
SG_KAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Computing in Application Design and User Experience
Description

In ProjectUX 400 students will undertake a significant piece of independent work under supervision. The module aims to encourage innovation, exploratory learning and to act as an integrating module to allow the student to draw on knowledge learned in previous years. The module exposes the student to the application of research methodologies and aims to develop critical thinking and analysis skills.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Develop a major project by working either individually or in a small team to a deadline involving, inter alia, planning, and coordination of design & development activities, setting realistic work objectives, and presenting and documenting of the work undertaken.

2.

Undertake a comprehensive review of relevant and appropriate literature to determine current knowledge in the project area.

3.

Demonstrate initiative, analytical, and problem-solving skills in developing a detailed, viable methodology for addressing an open-ended problem.

4.

Integrate and evaluate the relevance, strengths, and weaknesses of approaches developed throughout the programme.

5.

Produce a written report which meets the required standards of scholarship and technical expertise.

6.

Demonstrate the appropriate written and oral communication skills required of a professional practitioner

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module provides the student with an opportunity to manage their own learning strategy and is very much student-led. 

As the Literature Review is a key component of this research project students will receive guidance in research skills and academic writing.  

 

 

Module Assessment Strategies

30% of the marks will be awarded at the interim presentation stage at the end of semester 7. This 30% is broken down as 10% for the presentation, 10% for a literature review and 10% for a prototype of some key features of the project. Feedback will be provided on the literature review at the interim stage to allow students the opportunity to enhance their literature review.

70% will be awarded for the final deliverable with a breakdown of 40% for the deliverable, 20% for the final report and 10% for the presentation. The report length will be approximately 9000 words. In the case of a thesis, the report will not exceed 14,000 words, excluding appendices.

The deliverable will consist of an application and/or portfolio of artifacts and a research report. The final research report will consist of a collation of portfolio content illustrating the project research in the form of the analysis, literature review, development, and testing.

A final end of year show will be used to exhibit the project outcomes from research to development.

Where appropriate a screencast and poster may be part of the final deliverable.

Turnitin will be used for submissions.

Repeat Assessments

A repeat project covering all learning outcomes.

Indicative Syllabus

Develop a major project by working either individually or in a small team to a deadline involving, inter alia, planning, researching and coordination of design & development activities, setting realistic work objectives, and presenting and documenting the work undertaken.

  • Identify a project and its broad scope.
  • Students are encouraged to look beyond what they have already learned from the previous years and look at new areas that challenge them
  • Identify project management and planning processes and put these in place
  • Put in place cloud-based reporting structures
  • Assemble facts regarding users, tasks and the problem domain
  • Document the proposal in detail
  • Work out the software/hardware/cloud requirements and costs
  • Produce a detailed plan

Undertake a comprehensive review of the relevant and appropriate literature to determine current knowledge in the project area.

  • Carry out detailed research on the problem and technology solutions that can be applied to the problem.
  • Use peer-reviewed journals, articles, and books sourced from online databases and search tools such as Google Scholar.
  • The literature review should be critical in its analysis and justifications for choices should be clearly backed up with solid arguments
  • Appropriate referencing should be used and tools such as Mendeley employed to aid this
  • Use appropriate writing conventions such as the 3rd person.

Demonstrate initiative, analytical, and problem-solving skills in developing a detailed, viable methodology for addressing an open-ended problem.

  • Determine what methodologies can be used at each stage of the project and select the appropriate one
  • Be critical in your choices, can you make a clear argument as to why you choose one option over another
  • Apply quality standards (software, networking, accessibility, security, design patterns etc.)

Integrate and evaluate the relevance, strengths, and weaknesses of approaches developed throughout the programme.

  • Based on the previous years’ learning on the programme combined with a strong literature review be able to evaluate and critically analyse your programme of learning.
  • Identify gaps and consider how those gaps can be filled
  • Consider how the various technology sectors are developing and where they will be in 5 years’ time, how will you enhance your skill set to advance.

Produce a written report which meets the required standards of scholarship and technical expertise.

  • Clearly articulate the problem, the aims, and objectives of the project.
  • The report should show how the solution is based on the literature review
  • Where a project is producing an application or system the design, development and testing phases should be working to industry best practices and the relevant chapters should articulate this
  • Where a project is primarily research based the literature review should be significant and show a depth and breadth of knowledge. Arguments need to be comprehensive.

Demonstrate the appropriate written and oral communication skills required of a professional practitioner.

  • Be comfortable answering detailed questions on the problem domain, show a depth of learning on the problem domain
  • A breadth of knowledge on the problem domain should be apparent
  • Be able to create a presentation that moves from the high-level problem statement through to technical details
  • Use of diagrams such as architecture diagrams is essential as good diagrams convey that you have a clear understanding of the elements of the problem and the solution

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Interim Presentation Continuous Assessment Interview 30 % End of Term 1,2,3
2 Project Submission/Assessment Continuous Assessment Project 70 % End of Year 1,2,3,4,5,6
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Not Specified Supervisor Meeting .5 Weekly 0.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Work 10 Weekly 10.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Online Supervisor Meeting .5 Weekly 0.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Work 10 Weekly 10.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-04-16 Projects in Computing and Information Systems 3rd edn: A Student's Guide Pearson Education
ISBN 1292073462 ISBN-13 9781292073460
Recommended Reading
2015-11-19 Brilliant Agile Project Management: A Practical Guide to Using Agile, Scrum and Kanban Pearson Business
ISBN 1292063564 ISBN-13 9781292063560

Brilliant Agile Project Management

Recommended Reading
2017-06-09 How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 1473948878 ISBN-13 9781473948877
Recommended Reading
2013-12-24 Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (Voices That Matter) New Riders
ISBN 0321965515 ISBN-13 9780321965516

Don't Make Me Think

Recommended Reading
2015-06-01 UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want O'Reilly Media
ISBN 1449372864 ISBN-13 9781449372866

UX Strategy

Module Resources

Other Resources
  1. IT Sligo Virtual Machines
  2. A designated room or lab for the duration of the project. Lockable and with necessary IT infrastructure required for such projects. This demands, inter alia, whiteboards, ample table-top space, presentation space, shared work-stations and data projector, and printing facilities
  3. Hardware budget for equipment
  4. Access to 3D printer
  5. Access to the Institute at weekends for such students.