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DECO2014: User Experience Design Studio

Semester 1, 2024 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit introduces students to principles and methods relevant to the user experience design of digital products and services. Students will develop an understanding of the concept of 'user experience' and how it extends to other design practices, such as user interface design and interaction design. Students will learn about methods for designing the user experience in a range of different contexts, such as mobile devices, wearables, and interactive environments. The studio will give students an opportunity to apply the principles and methods of user experience design in the context of a design project. At the conclusion of the unit students will have a well-developed understanding of methods for gathering user requirements and translating requirements into design solutions that emphasise the user experience of the final product.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Design Lab
Credit points 12
Prerequisites
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(DECO1006 or DECO2016) and DECO1015
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Brittany Klaassens, brittany.klaassens@sydney.edu.au
The census date for this unit availability is 2 April 2024
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Hi-Fidelity Prototypes and Poster
Students will submit their final prototype and a descriptive A2 poster.
35% STUVAC
Due date: 02 Jun 2024 at 23:59
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment UX Case Study Video Submission
A UX Case Study presented through a video submission
25% Week 05
Due date: 22 Mar 2024 at 23:59
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO2
Small test Solution Ideation - In Class Assessment
Students will each ideate two concepts during the tutorial.
10% Week 06
Due date: 29 Mar 2023 at 16:00
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment Mid-Fidelity Prototypes and Presentation
Students will design and present their mid-fidelity prototypes.
30% Week 11
Due date: 07 May 2024 at 23:59
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

UX Case Study Video Submission: Students will conduct user research to develop a UX Case Study on a given problem. Submission will be in video format.
Solution Ideation - In Class Assessment: Students will each ideate two concepts during the tutorial. In the Studio, they will apply methods to evaluate the concepts they ideated. 
Assignment 3: Mid-Fidelity Prototypes and Presentation: Students will ideate, iterate, user test and design a mid-fidelity prototype of their chosen concept, and then document that in a presentation and appendix.
Assignment 4: Hi-Fidelity Prototypes and Poster: Students will iterate from their mid-fidelity prototypes to form a final, hi-fidelity version. An A2 Poster will accompany the final prototype.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating mastery of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows significant innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or exceptional skill.

Distinction

75 - 84

Work of excellent quality, demonstrating a sound grasp of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or superior skill.

Credit

65 - 74

Work of good quality, demonstrating more than satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed, or work of excellent quality for a majority of the learning outcomes assessed.

Pass

50 - 64

Work demonstrating satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed.

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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There are detailed rubrics available in the canvas site for this unit of study that break down how these grades can be achieved for each assessment task.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date: Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date. After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

Support for students

The Support for Students Policy 2023 reflects the University’s commitment to supporting students in their academic journey and making the University safe for students. It is important that you read and understand this policy so that you are familiar with the range of support services available to you and understand how to engage with them.

The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

If you are having difficulties completing your studies, or are feeling unsure about your progress, we are here to help. You can access the support services offered by the University at any time:

Support and Services (including health and wellbeing services, financial support and learning support)
Course planning and administration
Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to UX Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Understanding and researching experience Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2
studio work Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO7
Week 02 Introduction to UX research Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Planning research and research questions Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
studio work Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO7
Week 03 introduction to experience Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO6
What is "Experience"? Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO6
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Visualising and Mapping your Research Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Improving Visualisation Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Creating Design-Informed Insights Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Data Analysis Workshop Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Designing for meaning and behavioural change Lecture (1 hr) LO5 LO6
Insight Generation Workshop Tutorial (2 hr) LO5 LO6
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Values in design: inclusion, justice, ethics, ethical anticipation Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6
In class assessment Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
In class assessment Studio (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 08 Mid-Fidelity Prototyping Tools Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Prototyping Tools Workshop Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO7
Week 09 Usability Testing Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Rapid Prototyping Workshop Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Week 10 User Testing Fair Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
User Testing Fair Studio (3 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 High-Fidelity Prototyping Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO6
Assignment Presentation Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Guest Panel Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Feedback Session Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Studio Work Studio (3 hr) LO7
Week 13 Assignment Work Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Work Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

This unit of study has an accompanying tutorial resource booklet, which can be downloaded from the canvas site and printed. It contains worksheets and resources needed for face-to-face tutorial classes and needs to be brought to class from Week 1 onwards.

There is one set text-book for this unit, and set weekly readings available in canvas.

Design. Think. Make. Break . Repeat

Tomitsch, M., Borthwick, M., Ahmadpour, N., Cooper, C., Frawley, J., Hepburn, L.-A., Baki Kocaballi, A., Loke, L., Núñez-Pacheco, C., Straker, K., & Wrigley, C. (2020). Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat: a handbook of methods ([Revised].). BIS Publishers.

This book can be purchased online via amazon or book depository for approximately $60.00.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply research methods appropriate to the exploration of ill-defined problems
  • LO2. develop a clear design brief from exploration of an ambiguous problem area
  • LO3. apply principles of user experience design to a complex design project
  • LO4. develop and prototype advanced interactive digital experiences
  • LO5. document and communicate design concepts/processes in a professional manner
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of 'user experience'
  • LO7. work effectively and productively in teams.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Order of some lecture and tutorial topics changed to provide better workflow for students. Assignments changed to avoid repeated content across units.

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