DTC 478 Schedule Spring 2023

The schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the class.  All changes will be reflected here and a message will be sent out to the entire class through the Canvas Announcements.

Module 1: User Interface

Week & DatesTo Do In-ClassDue
Week 1 –

January 9, 11, 13
Syllabus (On Canvas)

Design Thinking 101

What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular?

What is Universal Design?
M – Class Overview & Introductions

W – Design Thinking Review

F – Design Thinking Exercise (Independently)
Due 1/13 – Design Thinking Exercise
Week 2 –

January 16, 18, 20
Usability 101: Introduction to Usability

The Difference Between UX and UI Design – A Layman’s Guide

WSU Web Accessibility Training 

Accessibility Basics

SSA Accessibility Best Practices Library

WebAIM: Contrast Checker
No Class Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed

W – What are UX & UI, Universal Design, Accessibility Review

F – Accessibility Training (Independently)
Due 1/20 – Submit a screenshot of your passing score on the WSU Web Accessibility Training 
Week 3 –

January 23, 25, 27
WSU Brand Guidelines

How To Design Style Guides For Brands And Websites
M – How to Lead a Seminar

W – Branding

F – Discussion with WSU Marketing about Branding
Due 1/27 – Participation in the discussion with WSU Marketing
Week 4 –

January 30, February 1, 3
Designing with the Mind in MindM – Seminar (Table 1 Lead – Chapters 1,2)

W – Seminar (Table 3 Lead Chapters 3,4)

F – Seminar (Table 2 Lead – Chapters 5,6)
Due 1/30 – Seminar Lead (Table 1) or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due 2/1 – Seminar Lead (Table 2) or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due 2/3 – Seminar Lead (Table 3) or Participation (Everyone Else)
Week 5 –

February 6, 8, 10
Designing with the Mind in MindM – Seminar (Table 4 Lead – Chapters 7,8)

W – Seminar (Table 6 Lead Chapters 9,10,11)

F – Seminar (Table 5 Lead – Chapters 12,13,14)
Due 2/6 – Seminar Lead (Table 4) or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due 2/8 – Seminar Lead (Table 5) or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due 2/10 – Seminar Lead (Table 6) or Participation (Everyone Else)

Module 2: User Experience Testing

Week & DatesClass PrepIn-ClassDue
Week 6 –

February 13, 15, 17
Card Sorting

Usability Testing

Usability Test Results Reporting

Common Industry Report Format for Usability Test Reports
M – Introduction to UX & Card Sorting

W – Group Work Time

F – Usability Testing Reports & Group Work Time
Week 7 –

February 20, 22, 24
Online Surveys

Desirability Studies: Measuring Aesthetic Response to Visual Designs

Using the Microsoft Desirability Toolkit to Test Visual Appeal
M – No Class President’s Day

W – Table 3 – Surveys

F – Table 4 – Desirability Studies  
Due 2/22 – Table 3 Usability Testing Presentation or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due 2/24 – Table 4 Desirability Studies Presentation or Participation (Everyone Else)
Week 8 –

February 27, March 1, 3
Personas

Contextual Interviews

A/B Testing

Multivariate Testing
M – Table 5 – Personas & Contextual Interviews

W – Table 6 – A/B Testing & Multivariate Testing

F – Group Work Time
Due 2/27 – Table 5 Personas & Contextual Interviews Presentation or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due 3/1 – Table 5 A/B Testing & Multivariate Testing Presentation or Participation (Everyone Else)
Week 9 –

March 6, 8, 10
Understanding Simple Heat Maps for Smarter UI Design

First Click Testing

Getting the First Click Right

Diary Studies: Understanding Long-Term User Behavior and Experiences

Unmoderated User Tests: How and Why to Do Them
M – Table 1 – Heat Mapping & First Click Testing

W – Table 2 – Diary Studies & Unmoderated Testing

Friday – Group Work Time
Due 3/6 – Table 1 Heat Mapping & First Click Testing Presentation or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due 3/8 – Table 2 Diary Studies & Unmoderated Testing Presentation or Participation (Everyone Else)

Due Friday 3/10 – Practice UX Report

Due Friday 3/10 – Self & Peer Evaluations
March 13 – 17Spring BreakNo Class

Module 3: White Paper Project

Week & DatesClass PrepIn-ClassDue
Week 10 –

March 20, 22, 24
Design Brief/Client Agreement Example – Rogue Heart Media

Kick-Off Meeting

Writing a White Paper
M – Client Agreements, Working with Clients

W – White Papers

F – Meet with Client

Week 11 –  
March 27, 29, 31
Develop a Project PlanM – Divide into subgroups, work on project plan

W – Work on Client Agreement

F – Work Client Agreement
Due Friday 3/31 – Client Agreement
Week 12 –

April 3, 5, 7
M – Usability Testing Time

W – Usability Testing Time

F – Usability Testing Time
Due Friday 4/7 – Usability Testing Raw Data
Week 13 –

April 10, 12, 14
M – Usability Testing Conclusions

W – Usability Testing Conclusions

F – Usability Testing Conclusions

Due Friday 4/14 – Usability Testing Conclusions
Week 14 –

April 17, 19, 21
M – White Paper Work Time

W – White Paper Work Time

F – White Paper Work Time
Week 15 –

April 24, 26, 28
M – Draft Review of White Paper

W – Presentation Prep

F – Presentation Practice
Due Monday 4/24 in Class: Draft Review of White Paper Participation
FinalsFinal Presentations are on Wednesday 5/3 at 4:30pm. Attendance at the final is required.Due Wednesday 5/3 4:30pm – Final Presentation to Client

Due Wednesday 5/3 – Final White Paper

Due Wednesday 5/3 – Self & Peer Evaluations