DTC 478 Syllabus Fall 2018

Class Schedule: https://bit.ly/2Hv1ZpE

Instructor Class

Ruth Gregory
Office Hours: 

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30am - 9am in Spark 214
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 12pm - 1pm in my office, Avery 209 

Office Phone: 509.335.2163
Email: ruth.gregory@wsu.edu

Days: Tuesdays/Thursdays
Times: 1:25pm – 2:40pm
Room: Spark 212 & Spark 210
SLN: 05264

Course Description

Usability and Interface Design explores the design of web and mobile interfaces with a focus on creating an effective and efficient user experience.

We will be partnering with the Center for Civic Engagement for this course and students will receive service hours for their work on particular assignments.  Students will work in small groups with CCE recommended off-campus clients to test the efficacy of their current websites.  Using their research findings the students will design and create a new site in collaboration their client.  The goal for the site redesign is to find a balance between effective user-centered design and while working within the constraints of a client-service environment.

Course Learning Outcomes

478 SLO1:

Demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences between user experience and user interface.

478 SLO2:

Work in a client-service environment.

478 SLO3:

Develop web design and coding skills.

DTC SLO1:

Demonstrate competency with technology for designing and distributing digital works in various mediums.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Demonstrate an understanding of UX and UI principles and instruct others on their tenants and importance to web design.
Assessment: UX Presentation, UI Prototype, Tests
Skill Level: Intermediate
Facilitate the research and redesign of a community client website in a small group.
Assignment: Client Website Group Project
Skill Level: Intermediate
Set appropriate technical goals to develop individual student skills so they can contribute to the creation of a client website.
Assignment: Client Website Group Project
DTC SLO2:

Demonstrate competency with design principles through both the production and analysis of media objects.

Skill Level: Advanced
Analyze different UX and UI concepts and then apply their knowledge in the production of a website for an outside client.
Assessments: UX Presentation, UI Prototype,  Client Website Group Project
N/A Skill Level: Intermediate
Develop an understanding of web design principles.  Apply this knowledge in the creation of a client website.
Assignments: Client Website Group Project
DTC SLO3:

Demonstrate and articulate an understanding of the way digital media and information function and circulate in multiple cultural contexts.

Skill Level: Advanced
Present research on UX and UI design principles and how they change depending on cultural contexts.
Assessments: UX Presentation, UI Prototype
Skill Level: Intermediate
Discuss with the client design principles and how they may effectively engage clients from different cultural contexts.
Assignment: Client Website Group Project
Skill Level: Beginning
Demonstrate an understanding of the function of design in different cultural contexts in class discussions, participation exercises, and exams.
Assignments: Class Participation,
DTC SLO4:

Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technological development, from local to global perspectives, and its implications for a variety of mediums.

N/A Skill Level: Beginning
Discuss with the client the contemporary and historical process of meaning-making through different aesthetic choices.
Assignment: Client Website Group Project
N/A
DTC SLO5:

Utilize an interdisciplinary perspective in order to understand the global changes brought about by digital media.

N/A Skill Level: Beginning
Discuss with their client the changes in their organizational structure due to the increased need for a web-based presence.
Assignment: Client Website Group Project
N/A
DTC SLO6: Effectively communicate through writing and speech why and how digital media texts make meaning. Skill Level: Advanced
Present research on UX and UI design principles in small groups or individually.
Assignments: UX Presentation, UI Prototype
Skill Level: Beginning
Present research on UX and UI design principles to clients in meetings and in written communication.
Assignment: Client Website Group Project
Skill Level: Intermediate
Create written instructions and walk community clients through the process of implementing and updating their redesigned website.
Assignments:  Client Website Group Project

 

Center for Civic Engagement Information

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well-being of our communities. The CCE facilitates service learning experiences as part of academic curricula and will be working with this class to provide appropriate community-based and/or civic leadership experiences for students.

Your community engagement in certain assignments for this course will be tracked on CougSync. The system can provide you with a record of involvement to show all of the activities you have participated in at WSU. This will be a great resource when applying for jobs and/or graduate school. Log on to CougSync using your WSU network ID and password so that we can track your hours at the end of the term.   If you have any questions, please contact a peer mentor at the CCE (servicelearning@wsu.edu or 509.335.7708), stop by the CCE’s Student Resource Center in the CUB, L 45, or visit cce.wsu.edu.

Center for Civic Engagement Outcomes

  • Civic Responsibility and Community Knowledge: Understanding of social, cultural, and/or environmental issues impacting community and willingness to engage with community to effect positive change
  • Self-Awareness and Efficacy: Understanding and acceptance of self and others; empowerment to act; awareness of, and responsibility for, the impact of actions on others
  • Academic and Career Development: Enhanced ability to apply academic concepts and/or identify career connections through community work and networks

Required Materials

  • There is no formal textbook assigned for this course. Readings are linked on the Course Schedule.
  • An active Google account (can be under any email you like).
  • Out-of-class access to a computer (using computers in the Spark lab, AML, and/or Creativity Suite will work just fine).

Assignments & Grading

This class is graded using weighted percentages.  All grades will be kept current on our Blackboard Learn course page.

Class Participation – 20%

Includes: Pop quizzes, participation and questions for class guests, and other in-class activities. Your lowest 2 grades for the Class Participation exercises in this class will be dropped.

Group UX Presentation & Findings – 20%

UI Prototype – 20%

Client Website Group Project – 40%

Includes: client agreement, design brief, style guide, wireframes, UX findings, group roles and responsibilities, deliverables, draft of site, final sites, and self, peer, and client evaluations.

Grade Scale

Grade Percentage Grade Point Grade Percentage Grade Point
A 94% – 100% 4.0 C+ 77% – 79% 2.3
A – 90% – 93% 3.7 C 74% – 76% 2.0
B+ 87% – 89% 3.3 C- 70% – 73% 1.7
B 84% – 86% 3.0 D+ 67% – 69% 1.3
B – 80% – 83% 2.7 D 60% – 66% 1.0
F <59% 0.0

 Note: There is no curve in this class.

Public Display of Student Work

Because the work you create in this class will be for an actual client, your work and your name may be publicly linked to our class without any further discussion beyond this note in the syllabus. If you have concerns about the public display of your work or your name being publicly attached to this class during your enrollment then please let the instructor know before Tuesday September 4th.

Out-of-Class Workload

For each hour of lecture equivalent, students should expect to spend an average of two hours outside of class on work for this class.  Work for the Client Redesign project may require that the student travel alone or in small groups off campus to visit the client’s site.

Late Work

Absolutely no late work will be accepted without explicit prior approval, with no exceptions. If your work is not submitted as instructed by the due date you will receive zero points.  That said, I am very understanding about how life works and tend to be forgiving when contacted ahead of time. If you are unable to complete an assignment in time, contact me in person or via email before the due date and we can try to work something out. Contacting me after missing an assignment – without a university approved absence – will not alter a failing grade.

Blackboard

We will be using Blackboard as a communal base of information for our class. Course readings, videos, assignment information, and other materials will be available there. You will also be expected to submit all your assignments via Blackboard.  You will also be able to access the most up-to-date information about your grade in Blackboard. To access Blackboard login using your NID at: learn.wsu.edu

WSU Email Policy

Beginning Fall Semester 2015, university policy states that all email communication must be sent to student’s official WSU email address. I will no longer reply to any correspondence from a non-wsu.edu email address.

WSU Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Reasonable accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities or chronic medical conditions. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center website to follow published procedures to request accommodations: http://www.accesscenter.wsu.edu. Students may also either call or visit the Access Center in person to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. Location: Washington Building 217; Phone: 509-335-3417.

All disability related accommodations must be approved through the Access Center. Students with approved accommodations are strongly encouraged to visit with instructors early in the semester during office hours to discuss logistics.

Service/Emotional Support Animal Guidelines

Please review the campus policy on service/emotional support animals. Pets are not allowed on campus and service animals must be registered with the WSU Access Center. Please contact the Access Center at 509-335-3417 with any questions.

Student Records

Please review information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) at the following website: http://www.ronet.wsu.edu/Main/Apps/FerpaInfo.ASP. Each department is responsible to maintain the confidentiality of student records in accordance with FERPA. Questions regarding the access to or release of student records may be referred to the Registrar’s Office at 509-335-5346.

Academic Freedom

WSU supports the faculty’s academic freedom, right to freedom of expression, and responsibility to fulfill course objectives that are approved by the Faculty Senate. This is fundamental to who we are as an institution. Along with these rights comes the responsibility to protect the freedom of expression of all members of our community, including students. The same is stated clearly in our own policies and procedures, including the Faculty Responsibilities section of the WSU Faculty Manual:

As teachers, professors encourage the free pursuit of learning in their students. They hold before them the best scholarly standards of their disciplines. They demonstrate respect for the student as an individual and adhere to their proper role as intellectual guides and counselors…They protect students’ academic freedom.

We also want to emphasize the importance of protecting freedom of expression in the classroom. Section IIB of the Faculty Manual (page 14) covers freedom of expression and accompanying responsibilities:

Freedom of expression is recognized as one of the essential elements of academic freedom. On a healthy campus, there is respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the campus community and a concern for the rights of others. …It is the policy of Washington State University to support and promote the rights of all individuals to express their view and opinions for or against actions or ideas in which they have an interest… The above rights exist in equal measure for each member of the University community.

We recognize that faculty have a strong interest in promoting respectful dialogue in the classroom. Speech and conduct that disrupts the educational process and creates a hostile environment, as that term is defined in WSU’s non-discrimination policy (Executive Policy 15), is not protected. If concerns arise, faculty should consult the WSU’s Office for Equal Opportunity at 509-335-8288 or oeo@wsu.edu.

We must aim to protect the freedoms and rights of every member of the WSU community, and to promote learning about diverse perspectives while ensuring that students experience a safe, constructive learning environment.

Academic Integrity Policy

Washington State University, a community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, expects all students to behave in a manner consistent with its high standards of scholarship and conduct. Students are expected to uphold these standards both on and off campus and acknowledge the university’s authority to take disciplinary action. The purpose of these standards and processes is to educate students and protect the welfare of the community.

University instructors have the authority to intervene in all situations where students are suspected of academic dishonesty. In such instances, responsible instructors retain the authority to assign grades to students considering, from an academic standpoint, the nature of the student action. More information regarding responding to academic integrity violations can be found at: http://conduct.wsu.edu.

In this course, students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy will receive a failing grade on the assignment and, depending on the infraction, a failing grade in the course.  Additionally, the student will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=504-26-010.  If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, please ask the instructor for clarification before proceeding.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Faculty Manual, p. 31)

This policy expresses WSU’s commitment to maintaining an environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, or others having an association with the University.

Policy on Faculty-Student Relationships (Faculty Manual, p.35)

As a matter of sound judgment, faculty, graduate teaching and research assistants, residence hall officers, and other supervisory employees in the University community accept responsibility to avoid any apparent or actual conflict of interest between their professional responsibilities and their personal relationships with students or those whom they supervise, evaluate, or exercise other relationships of power or authority. To ensure that the advising, mentoring, evaluation and supervision of students or subordinates is conducted fairly, romantic or sexual relationships between faculty and students, and supervisors and subordinates is prohibited as set forth in this policy.

Academic Policy Reminders Pertaining to Courses

The following are reminders about academic policies intended to create clear communication between faculty and students, and fair and equitable conditions of teaching and learning. The full text of all academic rules is available at:
http://registrar.wsu.edu/academic-regulations.

Absences (Academic Regulation 72)

A. University Sponsored: Any student who is required to participate in off-campus, university-sponsored activities such as field trips, musical performances, judging teams, intercollegiate athletic events, etc., should obtain an official Class Absence Request form from the faculty or staff member supervising the off-campus activity. The form must contain specific information concerning the activity and date, be signed by the supervising faculty or staff member, and be submitted by the student at least one week in advance to the individual instructors of the student’s classes. It is recommended but not required that a student not be penalized for absence from class provided a properly signed Class Absence Request form has been filed with the instructor prior to the absence. These university sponsored absences are subject to an instructor’s attendance policy and are not intended to imply additional acceptable absences. In all instances, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed. Problem cases should follow the Academic Complaint Procedures, Rule 104.

B. Military Service Members: Students who are members of the National Guard or a reserve branch of a military service are occasionally required to miss class for weekend drills, active duty, and related responsibilities. In such a case, instructors should not penalize students for the absences and should allow them to make up the missed work. In each instance, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of the duty before the absence and complete the missed work as soon as reasonably possible.

C. Other Absences: Students must sometimes miss class meetings, examinations, or other academic obligations affecting their grades due to personal circumstances. It is the responsibility of the student to provide a written explanation for the absence to the instructor as soon as it is reasonable to do so. When possible, students should provide appropriate documentation for their absence but instructors cannot require written excuses from health care professionals.

Students who attempt to gain advantage through abuse of this policy (e.g., by providing an instructor with false information) may be referred to the Office of Student Standards and Accountability for disciplinary action.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance in this class is paramount to student success.  While attendance is not a factor in a student’s final grade, active class participation is a part of each student’s grade in this course.  Please refer to the breakdown of final grades for more information on how class participation is measured in this course.

Religious Holidays (Academic Regulation 82)

Washington State University requires that reasonable accommodations be made in regard to religious holidays.

Correction of Grade Errors (Academic Regulation 98)

An instructor may not change a grade after it has been filed with the Registrar, except in the case of clerical error, which the instructor may correct by so certifying to the Registrar. Such change must be approved (signature required) by the chairperson of the department in which the course was offered. Grade corrections must be processed within one year of the end of the term for which the original grade was given. In extenuating circumstances, or when prompted by an academic integrity violation, exceptions to the one-year limit for correction of grade errors may be considered by petition to the Registrar’s Office.

Final Examinations

The final examination schedule provides for the orderly administration of two or three-hour final examinations outside the regular class period.

Closed Week (Academic Regulation 78)

No examinations or quizzes (other than laboratory examinations, make-up examinations and make-up quizzes) may be given during the last week of instruction.

Three or more in one day (Academic Regulation 77)

During final examination week, if the scheduled arrangement results in students having three or more examinations scheduled for any one day, any one of their instructors is authorized to excuse the students from the regularly scheduled examination and give a final examination to the students during the special exams time blocks. In cases of difficulty in arriving at a solution, students shall refer the matter to the chairpersons of their departments or to their academic advisors.

No Early Examinations (Academic Regulation 79)

A student will not be granted special examinations for the purpose of leaving the institution before the close of the semester. Any departure from rule 78 or 79 should have the prior written approval of the area dean and should be reported in writing to the Office of Provost before closed week. Departures from rule 78 or 79 that are not so approved are serious violations of the academic regulations.

No regulation requires a final examination and no policy prevents the introduction of new material during closed week.

Retention of Final Examinations, Final Projects, and Final Papers (Academic Regulation 93)

Final examinations, final projects, and final papers are university records which must be maintained for one year after the end of the term, unless they are returned directly to the student. Department chairs or directors are responsible for identifying appropriate storage location, which may include the instructor’s campus office. Both the chair or the director or their designees and the instructor shall have ready access to these final examinations, final projects, and final papers.

Academic Complaint Procedures (Academic Rule 104)

Instructional faculty, chairs, deans and students should be thoroughly familiar with academic complaint procedures.

A student having complaints about instruction or grading should attempt to resolve those issues directly with the instructor. If that fails, the student should send an email to the instructor using his or her official WSU email account no later than 20 business days following the end of the semester. This email should briefly outline the complaint and be copied to the chairperson of the academic department.

If the complaint is not resolved with the instructor within 20 business days of sending the email, then the student may work directly with the chairperson of the academic department in which the course is offered. The chair’s decision shall be rendered within 20 additional business days.

After the chair’s decision, the student or the instructor may appeal to the academic college Dean’s Office. Complaints must be presented in writing to the college dean within 20 business days of the chair’s decision. The written statement should describe the complaint, indicate how it affects the individual or unit, and include the remedy sought from the college dean. The decision of the college dean is the final step and shall be made within 20 business days. At the campuses other than Pullman, the procedure is identical except that the program leader shall substitute for the department chair, and the campus chancellor or his or her designee shall substitute for the college dean, if the department chair and/or the college dean is not located on that campus.

The University Ombudsman is available at any stage for advice or assistance in resolving academic complaints.

Note: Though chairs and deans (and academic area coordinators and campus chancellors) may resolve complaints about instruction and grading, they may not change a final grade without the consent of the instructor, except as provided by Rule 105.

AWARE Network

The AWARE network is a resource for faculty, TAs, and others who are concerned about a student’s well-being, behavior, or health. If you are worried about a student’s academic performance, or behavior in or out of class, you may send an AWARE Network report at http://aware.wsu.edu/. You may also contact the Dean of Students directly at 509-335-5757.

Disruptive Student Behavior

Occasionally faculty or teaching assistants will experience disruptive or threatening student behavior. The Dean of Students has compiled a handbook to assist with responding to students who behave in unusual or unpredictable ways and to help with protocol and referral procedures. With adequate preparation beforehand, the chances of disruption may be lessened. Everyone who teaches should be familiar with this document:
https://aware.wsu.edu/media/119921/handbookforrespondingtodisruptivestudents.pdf.

Safety and Emergency Notification

Washington State University is committed to enhancing the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is highly recommended that you review the Campus Safety Plan (safetyplan.wsu.edu) and visit the Office of Emergency Management web site (oem.wsu.edu) for a comprehensive listing of university policies, procedures, statistics, and information related to campus safety, emergency management, and the health and welfare of the campus community.

Class Cancellation

In the event of a class cancellation, you will receive a notification via email through Blackboard. An announcement will also be posted in the classroom. If class is cancelled, please check your WSU email carefully for a message from your instructor regarding what you should complete for the following class.