Project - Context Phase
The main project page identified that
This page provides an elaboration on some expectations of this report.
- context: a suitable discussion of the context of use of the results of the project
- the project should be of some significance both to you and to the course material
- you should identify the possibilities for your project
- consider how your project fits into the topic of usability engineering
- establish suitable boundaries so that while you do something useful you do not try to do too much
- The context section of your report should
- identify the breadth of tasks, users, content, and environments within and surrounding the project topic area
- identify boundaries for the project
Remember, ISO 9241-11 defines context of use as "combination of users, goals and tasks,
resources, and environment"
main goal of most CMPT 479/817 project is: to identify and
develop usability-related guidance within some specific topic area.
An additional goal is: to practice some of the usability engineering taught in this class.
of considering the tasks that you need to perform to complete this
project (which should already have been identified in your proposal) it
is important to identify the main tasks that users of the guidance you
are producing will use it for, i.e. it is important to answer the
question: what are the potential uses of this guidance?
is important to recognize that there are a range of potential (direct
and indirect) users of the guidance. Remember that to be a user, there
needs to be a task that the user needs to accomplish. Thus,
identification of users can lead to identification of tasks, beyond
those tasks that you first though of. Likewise identification of tasks
helps to identify users.
Resources / ContentWithin
the discussion of context of use both in ISO 9241-11 and the text, the
focus of identifying resources / content is on the resources / content
that the users will have available to them to use along with the system
that is being evaluated/developed. However, many of the users you will
have identified will never take the time or effort to actually access
the various resources/content that is available to them to provide
guidance in their chosen area. Remember that the goal of this project
is to create a set of guidance that will replace the users' need to
directly refer to other sources of guidance. Thus, an identification of
resources / content will also be an identification of
the information that you have obtained about the particular
subject area. This information will come from a variety of resources
that you need to investigate.
In this section of your context
of use report you need to consider the various possible sources that
you need to investigate. In addition to identifying sources such as the
on-line papers that can be accessed from the University of Saskatchewan
Library, it is important for you to identify the different terms and
groups of terms that you will use in your searching. Within an area it
is quite common for different research groups to use different (often
similar) terms for the same concept (e.g. accessible design, universal
design, design4all, inclusive design, etc.).
While you were to
identify at least 5 sources of information in your proposal, they are
only a starting point for your investigations. 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. While you are not expected to name the
individual sources in your context of use report (but will need to
include them as references in your analysis report) it is important to
ensure that you will be able to find a sufficient number of quality,
unique sources when you do your analysis. In preparation, your context
of use report should identify a sufficiently broad range of terms and
groups of terms that can be used to find the most important quality,
unique sources. While your proposal might have considered only a few
terms, it is often possible to find additional related or synonymous
terms by considering other terms used in those papers and in other
papers that those terms might help find.
the main environments are obviously to assist with design and
evaluation, it is important to have a deeper understanding of the
environments in which the guidance you are creating might be used. This
includes the environments of use, and the conceptual environments where
similar concepts are investigated and applied.
Created October 17, 2018