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    Website to support students in the BSITM

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    The goal of your project is to use the "information architectures" process to put together the best design you can. You may interpret the phrase "support students in the BSITM Program" in whatever ways seem most appropriate to you. After all, you've just been through the program; what would you have considered to be a helpful and supportive website? You are encouraged to be creative and imaginative; obviously, there isn't any one "correct" design. The purpose of the IA process is to give you some structure as you create your design.

    For Module 1, you are to read through the Overview and Lesson 1, and carry out the first steps: goals definition for the website. The lesson outlines a series of questions to structure your goals. It suggests asking a range of respondents about the questions; clearly, this may be outside your present scope, although you may want to discuss them with friends and/or family and/or colleagues who have been with you through the program - who might have suggestions based on their interactions with you as you progressed - to get their take on the possible goals. You may also wish to seek informal thoughts from your instructor if you wish, with a well-structured inquiry.

    At the least, you need to iterate the questions a couple of times for yourself. Write down your answers, then set them aside for a couple of days and come back to them. If you can do this a couple of times, you'll find that your formulation will be better each time.

    This part of the tutorial concludes:

    "Once you have agreement from everyone involved, document the goals of the site and publish them where everyone in both your client's organization and your own can see them... summarize the list and write a few paragraphs about the goals. A simple summary will do."

    Your "publication" consists of submitting your "list and paragraphs" in report form as your SLP 1 assignment.

    SLP Assignment Expectations

    LENGTH: 2-3 pages typed and double-spaced

    "Webmonkey is a web development portal site operated by Wired.com. Among other resources (which you're welcome to peruse), it has a series of tutorials, including a very interesting hands-on Internet-based tutorial on the creation of information architectures (IA) for websites, that ought to work nicely as an SLP for this class. It is organized in five parts, which fits well into our structure. You can access the tutorial [Retrieved March 2, 2011] at
    http://www.webmonkey.com/tutorials/ "

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    Goal Definitions
    1. Website layout and UI design
    Above is an image as a starting point of the overall look and feel of the website. This will include the color schemes, themes, usability, and other non-functional aspects of design. More icons can be added or edited in the above image to get a roadmap ...

    Solution Summary

    This is a solution that discusses the contents of a student website and how the information will be laid out on the web pages. It talks about the possible design of an online student website with reference guidelines as per Webmonkey which is a web development portal.