Project - Analysis Phase
The main project page identified that
The context of use page also identified that, "It is expected that your
analysis will obtain useful information from a minimum of 15 (and
preferably more) sources that each provide some unique insights into
the area you are dealing with."
- analysis: a suitable analysis of material beyond that presented in class / the text
- you need to investigate further information related to your project, by some suitable means
- e.g. researching in the literature
- conducting some other form of research
- the analysis section of your report should
selected tasks, users, content, and environments in greater depth (that
is sufficient lead to the design of a solution)
- specify a well structured set of needs based on this investigation
This page provides an elaboration on some expectations of this report.
focus of this phase of the project is typically to create a well
structured set of needs for guidance in some area of usability
engineering that will be usable by the identified users to accomplish
their identified tasks in the identified environments. Developing the
actual guidance comes later, in the Design phase of this project.
an expectation of the design phase is to have a well structured set of
at least 20 guidelines (requirements or recommendations), it is
important that the analysis identify a sufficiently diverse set of
needs. It is important to consider that one requirement or
recommendation might serve multiple needs.
There is no
expectation that the analysis report utilize a formal structure of
needs such as provided in Figure 10-4 of the text. In fact, the use of
a form based structure for individual needs is highly discouraged,
since the use of forms tends to suggest that only short answers
be placed in each field of the form. It is important that each need be
The expectation is that the analysis report
be structured like typical term papers in other disciplines, i.e. a
well structured discussion explaining the groups of needs and
individual needs within these groups that you have found from your
investigations, along with suitable academic referencing for the
sources of this information.
Students are encouraged to use
properly attributed quotes wherever relevant. Students are advised to
also provide proper academic referencing for ideas that they have
paraphrased in their own words. All claims need to be supported, either
by providing references to the source of the information or by
providing a clear example that illustrates the issue. Unsupported
opinions will not receive marks. While students can use examples to
support ideas, even examples that are obtained from other sources
should contain proper academic referencing.
There is the
further expectation that the report will be well written so that it is
usable by potential readers of it, including the person who will be