Interface Design for Information Services
Fall 2009 Greensheet
Textbooks and Readings
The access code for our class ANGEL site will be sent via the My.SJSU.edu messaging system by August 20, 2008.
Surveys the theory and practice of designing user-centered interfaces in information systems and services. Include theories of user information seeking, cognition, human-computer interaction, the design process, and application in information systems and the Internet. Emphasis on the design and evaluation of interfaces.
Prerequisites: LIBR 202 and rudimentary HTML.
By examining theory, methodologies, and real-life cases, Libr 251 offers a framework for developing user-friendly interfaces for use in information systems and services. Students will learn the principles of user-centric design and style, as well as how to choose appropriate interaction methods for particular circumstances and populations. The course will also touch on emerging issues, such as technology trends and their relationship with library services.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Become adept at identifying and integrating human factors into design and usability;
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the major theoretical and practical issues involved in design, usability, and accessibility of Web sites, software, and other library-related systems;
- Understand Web standards for design, usability and accessibility.
LIBR 251 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:
- Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems;
- Understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities.
Additional information regarding assignments, including late policies, are found at the Angel course site.
Assignments will contribute to your final grade as follows:
Assessment of a day-to-day item
Assessment: Organizing content | info architecture | dividing things up | structure
Due: September 14th
Due: September 21
Due: October 5th
Assessment: Print vs. Web | writing for the Web | online documentation
Due: October 30th
Assessment: Accessibility & Usability for Various Populations
Due: November 13th
Webby Awards paper
Due: November 24th
Due: December 11, 2009
Meetings are optional and will not be counted towards final grades.
Textbooks and Readings
- Krug, S. (2005). Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd ed.). Indianapolis: New Riders Press. Available through Amazon: 0321344758.
- McCloud, S. (1994). Understanding comics: The invisible art. New York, NY: Harper Perennial. Available through Amazon: 006097625X.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
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