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UCD Unit

IB CurriculumPosted by Steven Daly Tue, March 31, 2015 17:23:35

Use the UCD booklet and answer the following questions. ALL students must participate by making a comment on each question.

Key questions

1. What is meant by user adaption?

2. What essential elements are required in a design to reduce user adaption?

3. Relating to design, what is meant by the word iteration?

4. What strategies can YOU use to bring the user closer to the design process?

5. The user centred design process is an iterative cycle where every step is evaluated against the initially identified requirements of the users and iterated until these requirements are met. Evaluation methods can include: Personas and scenarios, Usability testing, Observation: Interviews and focus groups, Questionnaires, Participatory design.

6. Explain what each evaluation method means. Which one could you use for your design project?

7. Peter Morville's user experience honeycomb describes a structured way to understand the components of user experience. Tell me about a product you own which you think meets these components and how.

8. Define Human Factors and explain one aspect you will incorporate into your design project.

9. Define product usefulness, effectiveness, learnability and attitude and describe how you could measure these.

10. Give an example of a product which has failed due to user error.

11. What are the key design variables which contribute to excellent user interface?

12. Describe a product you have used/tried to use which has lead to incomplete use of the product’s functionality causing frustration and eventually product rejection.

13. What is meant by the term, product feedback? For example, if you press a button should it click?

14. What is product interface mapping?

15. Define affordance and relate it to the controls of a cooker.

16. Give examples of population stereo types.



Energy Unit

IB CurriculumPosted by Steven Daly Fri, May 09, 2014 18:38:07

Please answer the following questions related to the Energy Unit of Work. Each question must be answered by a specific student. The name of each student is next to the question to be answered.

Lee-roy, how did the development of electricity lead to a technological revolution and an increase in the volume of the production of goods?

Daria, what was the impact on the production of goods with the invention of motors?

Sally, what was the effect on society with the wide distribution of electricity?

Anuschka how did the design of portable batteries effect the nature of energy usage?

Deadline - Tuesday 13 May. Once all the questions have been answered then you must all review the work as you will have a short test on Thursday 15 May.

Many thanks,

Mr Daly



Energy

IB CurriculumPosted by Steven Daly Sun, April 20, 2014 22:09:57
Please answer the following questions related to the Energy Unit of Work. Each question must be answered by a specific student. The name of each student is next to the question to be answered. Once all the questions have been answered then you must all review the work as you will have a short test on Wednesday 30 April to test your understanding of the material.

Lee-roy - Outline two main types (classifications) of energy (the outline should describe each type of energy and give practical examples).

Sally - Describe how human muscle power was the only source of energy for Craft Production until the industrial revolution.

Daria - Describe how the development of machines based on flowing water led to a revolution in production.

Anuschka - Describe how the invention of the steam engine and the use of steam as a basis for the operation of machines led to a large increase in the scale of production on coal.

Any questions please use the blog to discuss with everyone.

Deadline - Wednesday 23 April.

Please make sure you include the question with the answer on your blog.