CMPS178, Winter 2014, Section 01: Working Syllabus

 

WORKKING SYLLABUS CMPS178 DESIGN RESEARCH updated 1/3/14
     
NOTE: Reading assignments are incomplete.  
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WEEK 1    
     
Classes 1/7 LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
Introduction to Design Research
- what is it and why does it matter?
- research methods overview
- introduce the BLITZ
1/9 TEAM WORING SESSION
- break into teams and assign roles
- explore BLITZ topic terms
- generate research plan
     
Readings Laurel, Preface, Introduction, Section 1
     
Assignments - conduct BLITZ observations
- prepare PRESENTATION 1: research summary, key observations, proposal
     
Due  
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WEEK 2    
     
Classes 1/14 PRESENTATION AND CRITIQUE
- PRESENTATION 1
1/16 GUEST VIDEO AND BOUNDING TERMS
- Rachel Strickland: video presentation
- BL: Opportunity spaces & bounding
  terms
     
Readings The Art of the Mood Board
     
Assignments - create secondary research plan and begin work
- collect print materials and web images
     
Due 1/14 PRESENTATION 1 with deck
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WEEK 3    
     
Classes 1/21 GUEST LECTURE AND BRAINSTORMING
- Rob Tow: A brief history of research
- BL: Brainstorming and ideation
1/23 TEAM WORKING SESSION
- Brainstorming
     
Readings Laurel, Section 3
     
Assignments - create bias board, mood board, swipe board
- prepare PRESENTATION 2: boards
Due  
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WEEK 4    
     
Classes 1/28 PRESENTATION AND CRITIQUE
- PRESENTATION 2
1/30 TEAM WORKING SESSION
- draft project proposal
- identify intended audience
- articulate value propositions
Readings Portigal, Ch. 1 - 3
Gaver, "Cultural Probes"
     
Assignments - prepare PRESENTATION 3: secondary findings, project proposal, intended audience, value propsositions
     
Due 1/28 PRESENTATION 2 with deck; 1/30 screener due
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WEEK 5    
     
Classes 2/4 LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
- interview methods
- screeners & recruiting (friends and family)
- probes
2/6 PRESENTATION AND CRITIQUE (Midterm)
- PRESENTATION 3
     
Readings Portigal, Ch. 3
     
Assignments TEAM WORK: select methods, design probes, create PRESENTATION 4
     
Due  2/3 recruiting begins; 2/6 PRESENTATION 3 with deck
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WEEK 6    
     
Classes 2/11 REVIEW AND DISCUSSION
2/13 PRESENTATION AND CRITIQUE
- PRESENTATION 4
     
Readings Portigal, Ch. 4 - 5
     
Assignments  
     
Due 2/13 PRESENTATION 4 with deck; 2/14 quslitative research begins
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WEEK 7    
     
Classes 2/18 GUEST LECTURE: Christopher Ireland
- visualization and representation
2/20 TEAM WORKING SESSION
- review data to date
- begin creating visualizations
     
Readings Tow in Laurel, "Strategy, Tactics and Heuristics for Research"
     
Assignments qualitative research continuing
     
Due  
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WEEK 8    
     
Classes 2/25 LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
- research analysis and syhthesis
- findings and values
- strategy and tactics
- creating design heuristics
2/27 TEAM WORKING SESSION
- continue with visualizations
- create design heuristics
     
Readings Laurel, Section 4
     
Assignments TEAM & INDIVIDUAL: Explore solution spaces; revise proposals to reflect findings & heuristics
     
Due 2/24 qualitative research ends
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WEEK 9    
     
Classes 3/4 LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
- mock-ups and prototypes
- paper prototypes and Wizard of Oz
- formal research and necessary fidelity
3/6 TEAM WORKING SESSION
- close on revised proposal
- discuss and evaluate mock-up ideas
     
Readings TBA
     
Assignments Final Presentation: process, key findings, project proposal, mock-ups (prototypes) - more info to be provided
     
Due 3/6 prototype or mock-up ideas and sketches to be considered in teams
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WEEK 10    
     
Classes 3/11 TEAM WORKING SESSION
- mock-ups / prototypes
- final presentation
- BL away
3/13 FINAL PRESENTATION COACHING
     
Due 3/13 FINAL PRESENTATION deck
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WEEK 11 FINALS WEEK SCHEDULE TBA