Instructor: Tiziana d’Agostino
Office Hours: By appointment
: Term 1 – Term 5
: 5.00 (100 hours)
: Seductive Interaction Design by Stepehn P. Andreson and 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D.
: Designing the Obvious by Robert Hoekman, Jr

Description: This course serves as an introduction to User Experience Design principles in web application design. The content will focus on user-centered and task-centered interface design and its practical applications in both web and mobile app design.

Instruction Methods: Lectures, demonstrations, exercises, analyses of modern applications, research, and student presentations

Course Objectives: To equip students with a fundamental understanding of the Application Usability and the User Experience Design (UX) fields, leading to usable original designs employing modern coding standards and practices. At the completion of this course, students will be familiar with: usability testing and measuring techniques, application development workflow, main principles behind user-computer interaction.

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor early in the semester, so accommodations can be made as soon as possible. Platt is committed to do everything possible to make all reasonable accommodations.

Attendance: As a common and professional courtesy, please advise me in advance when you will miss a class. Please email me if you will be either late or missing class for any reason. You are allowed a maximum of three absences. After that, unless it is a proven emergency, you will dropped from class. I will strictly adhere to this policy.

Class begins promptly at 8:00am and continues until 12:00pm. Anyone arriving after 8:00pm or leaving before 12:00pm will be considered tardy. Four unexcused tardies will be considered a missed class.  Each absence and tardy will affect your attendance grade. Attendance will also be considered greatly in terms of class participation grading. Students are responsible for obtaining any and all missed materials in case of an absence. Absences may be made up based upon instructor’s discretion.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of presenting work–either written or spoken–that is
not your own. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, not properly citing others’ work, or using someone else’s writing. Platt College will not tolerate plagiarism of any sort and the penalty will be automatic failure of this course and potential dismissal from the college.

Class Expectations: All students will be treated fairly and with respect. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated. If these expectations are violated, the violator will be appropriately disciplined, which may include: a verbal warning, class suspension, expulsion from the class, and expulsion from the college.

Concerns and Disagreements: any concerns regarding policies or procedures of this course, as they occur in class should be discussed directly with me either outside of class or by making an office appointment.

Class Protocol: Make sure all mobile devices are turned off during class time. Due to insurance policies, children are not allowed in the classroom at any time. Try not to leave the class during a topic conversation and please do not enter the class while a speech/discussion is in session.

Class Participation: Participation in this class is required in a variety of ways. Attendance to each class session is extremely important. Every student is expected to participate in a variety of ways including: class discussions, feedback after each student’s speech, listening and staying engaged during each class period, speaking at scheduled times, and physical presence.

Class Requirements: You will be required to work on your projects outside class. Every student is expected to do at least 15 hours of work per week outside of the classroom, including reading text books, following tutorials, blogging, commenting and working on projects. Computers will be available EVERY DAY on campus before and after class. Sunday lab is also available on most weekends. Any material from “out of class course work” may be applicable to questions on quizzes or tests, & any assigned homework
will be graded.

Platt Grading Scale:

Grade Percentage:
B      80%-89%
C      70%-79%
D      60%-69%
Below 60%

Every tardy results in a 1 point, at least, deduction of final grade.
Every absence results in a 5 points deduction of final grade.
An email notifying me before time may lessen deductions of tardies and absences based upon my discretion.

Class Participation and attendance: 10%
Projects: 35%
Exams/Quizzes: 30%
Homework: 25%

Project grading will be based on meeting all requirements and displaying artistic control. All projects will be due at the time clearly stated when the project is announced. All late projects will be dropped a full grade for each day it is late. An “A” grade will only be given for outstanding work.

Extra credit opportunities may be introduced during the course.

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