DTC 478: Spring 2021: Calendar

The semester is divided into units. Some lessons include activities or projects. The schedule below lists week-by-week details of the units, lessons, activities, and projects.

Weeks are described below with these categories:

  • Live / Synchronous: the unit, lesson, and topic of the live class that week.
  • Recorded / Asynchronous: the units, lessons, and topics of the recorded videos that week.
  • Assignments: assignments announced, continued, or due that week.
  • Required for Course Knowledge: additional supported work expected by the instructor but not directly graded.
  • Noteworthy: news relevant to the week, such as holidays.

Look on Blackboard for links to of all lectures, including the live ones, as well as PDF files of the instructor’s lecture slides. Please use the videos and PDFs for study as part of this class, but do not share or distribute the files outside of this class.

This calendar is subject to change. The instructor may update it periodically and will notify the class of any significant changes. Also, see the syllabus for general course information.

There are 16 weeks in the Spring 2021 semester:

  1. Unit 1: UI/UX + Design Thinking
  2. Unit 2: Team Basics
  3. Unit 3: Team Projects

Unit 1: Week 1: 01/18–01/22 — Intro and Lesson 1

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Asynchronous / Recorded:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 1: Intro to / Review of The Elements of User Experience.
  • Assignments:
    • Before the next Monday:
      • Submit at least one music video link.
      • If you’re going to be in Pullman during the semester and would like access to the Spark 210 computer lab, fill out the survey on Blackboard.

Unit 1: Week 2: 01/25–01/29 — Lessons 2-4

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Asynchronous / Recorded:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 3: UX: The Structure Plane
    • Unit 1, Lesson 4: UX: The Skeleton and Surface Planes
  • Assignments:
    • Sign up for a free account on Jumpchart.
    • Complete a card sort for the UX Exploration Post (as described in Lesson 3).

Unit 1: Week 3: 02/01–02/05 — Lessons 5-7

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Asynchronous / Recorded:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 6: Design Thinking + Partner Project
    • Unit 1, Lesson 7: Design Thinking + Partner Project, Continued
    • Unit 1, Bonus Lesson 8: Design Thinking Case Study
  • Assignments:
    • Work on on Partner Project as described in Lessons 6 and 7
    • Prepare to give brief, informal presentations on Monday as described in Lesson 7

Unit 2: Week 4: 02/08–02/12 — Unit 1 Wrap-up + Team Projects

  • Synchronous / Live:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 9: Design Thinking Partner Project Presentations (informal presentations based on the work generated by you and your partner)
    • Optional / as needed: Scheduled one-on-one time with the instructor.
    • Optional / as needed: Team meetings as scheduled with instructor.
  • Asynchronous / Recorded:
    • Team and Project Assignments and Meeting Schedule
    • Intro to Team Management Tools
  • Assignments:
    • Set up team management tools
    • Work on Team / Project Assignments

Unit 2: Week 5: 02/15–02/19 — Team Projects

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Asynchronous / Recorded:
    • Unit 2, Lesson 1: Teams, Team Charters, and Client/Project Assignments
  • Assignments:
    • Work on your Team Charter
    • Determine your team’s weekly meeting time with Tor
    • Set up your team’s management tools/channels
  • Noteworthy:
    • Monday, February 15, is a holiday. There will be no live classes or instructor meetings that day.

Unit 3: Week 6: 02/22–02/26 — Unit 2 Wrap-up + New Projects

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Asynchronous / Recorded:
    • New Team and Project Assignments, and Unit 3 schedule
    • Unit 3, Lesson 1: Intro to Proposals and Clients
    • Unit 3, Lesson 2: Intellectual Property and Contracts
  • Assignments:
    • Prepare for meetings and overall project development timeline
    • Activities from Unit 3, Lesson 1:
      • As a team: complete the proposal review
      • As an individual: complete the RFP review
      • Links to the activity PDFs and surveys are on Blackboard under Projects / Activities > Unit 3, Lesson 1: Proposal and RFP Activities.
    • Read these articles from A List Apart:
  • Noteworthy:
    • Thursday, February 25, is a campus holiday. This does not affect class directly, but it does affect the instructor’s office hours.

Unit 3: Week 7: 03/01–03/05 — Strategy + Scope

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Asynchronous / Recorded:
    • Unit 3, Lesson 3: Project Agreement Framework
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Project Agreement

Unit 3: Week 8: 03/08–03/12 — Strategy + Scope, Continued

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Assignments:
    • Finalize Project Agreement with Client (and get their approval)
    • Complete Strategy Documentation (for now)
    • Complete Scope Documentation (for now)

Unit 3: Week 9: 03/15–03/19 — Structure + Content

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Assignments:
    • Work on Structure Documentation
    • Work on Content Documentation
  • Noteworthy:
    • Wednesday, March 17, is a campus holiday, so there is no class. This may affect scheduled meeting times with the instructor.

Unit 3: Week 10: 03/22–03/26 — Structure + Content, continued

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Assignments:
    • Complete Structure Documentation (for now)
    • Complete Content Documentation (for now)

Unit 3: Week 11: 03/29–04/02 — Skeleton + Tech

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Assignments:
    • Design and Test Skeleton Mockups
    • Research Tech Options

Unit 3: Week 12: 04/05–04/09 — Skeleton + Tech, continued

  • Synchronous / Live:
    • Team meetings as scheduled with instructor
    • Teams should meet with clients via Zoom, including the instructor when possible.
  • Assignments:
    • Complete Mockups
    • Install and Configure Tech

Unit 3: Week 13: 04/12–04/16 — Design + Test

  • Synchronous / Live:
  • Assignments:
    • Turn mockups into operational web site, even if rough
    • Perform testing on web site (and record data/responses)
    • Refine web site
    • Repeat
  • Noteworthy:
    • Tuesday, March 13, is a campus holiday. This does not affect class directly, but it does affect the instructor’s office hours.

Unit 3: Week 14: 04/19–04/23 — Design + Test, continued

  • Synchronous / Live:
    • Team meetings as scheduled with instructor
  • Assignments:
    • Perform testing on web site (and record data/responses)
    • Refine web site
    • Repeat

Unit 3: Week 15: 04/26–04/30 — Deliver + Present

  • Synchronous / Live:
    • Presentations on final projects
    • Team meetings as scheduled with instructor
    • Teams should meet with clients via Zoom, including the instructor when possible.
  • Assignments:
    • Finalize web sites.
    • Finalize complete documentation.

Unit 3: Week 16: 05/03–05/07 — Documentation