End User Agreements• What are they?• Why are they used?• What goes in them?Utility and Diagnostic Software What are they? What are examples of each?
Benchmarking• What is it?• What is it comparing?Requirements Analysis What is it? Why is it done. When is it done?
Mac v Windows v LinuxOperating Systems• The advantages/disadvantages of having eachoperating systems• Proprietary vs Open Source software
Components of a Computer• What are the main components of a computer thatneed to be considered. Why are they important?• What are the minimum specifications and what arethe recommended specifications for a web designeruser. Explain why?• Ie RAM (primary memory), GraphicsCard, CPU, monitor, HDD (secondary memory)• Considerations that need to be made when decidingon new software and hardware
Privacy• What is it• What legislation governs it• What are the basic rules organisations have toabide by (5)• What are some strategies proceduresorganisations can use to secure their data.• What is data warehousing? Data mining?
File Formats•Explain how compression of file types affectsthe transmission of data.•The best types of file formats formusic, graphics and video.•Transmission of files in a network (size, type ofmedia used, traffic, distance)WMA, MP3, MPEG, AVI, MOV, TXT, WAV, XLS, RealAudio, JPG or GIF, SWF
Ergonomics• What is it• List some ailments caused by bad ergonomicpractise.• List different equipment and/or furniturewhich can aid in this• List some strategies that can be employed toprevent injury• What is RSI and OOS?
Monitoring of Employees• Reasons for and against monitoring staff• Ways that employers can monitor employeesIT usage• Contents of an End User Policy
Digital Convergence• What is it?• How can it apply to someone’s work situation(ie travelling salesman, truck driver etc.)
Inclusivity• What is it?• Why is it important?• What are some of the types of disabilities thatneed to be considered when creating ICTproducts? Solutions
Securing a network• Explain what needs to happen to secure data.Physical and software issues (theft through toviruses)
SOE• What is it and what are the advantages ofhaving a SOE in an organisation?Transfer of Data What are the issues? Issues with transfer of data over satellite, cableand wireless
Issues in IT• Digital Divide - what is it and be able to suggestdifferent groups of people who it affects and strategiesorgansations and governments can implement toreduce it.• Computer Crime (identity fraud, hacking, Phishing etc)• Telecommuting - Advantagesdisadvantages, technology,• Social Networking – advantages and disadvantages inthe workplace
Useability/Functionality/Currency/Accuracy of websites• You will need to know what attributes featurescan be used to make your website each of theabove.• How each can be tested
Improving IT skills and Finding IT help• You will need to know ways staff can gettraining in IT (industrymagazines, conferences, shortcourses, specialists coming in to theoffice, peer training etc) and where staff canget support for issues with IT (onlineforums, chat, help desk, outsourced helpdesk, discussion forums, online tutorials)
Transfer of Data• What are the issues with transferring largefiles across the internet and how it can besolved.
Purchase of Hardware and Software• Considerations you need to make before anorganisation purchases- Hardware- Software
GPS• What is it?• How does it work?• What can it do for a mobile phone app and mobile website?Peripheral Devices What are they? Examples of
General advice• Leave enough time• Don’t write introductions and conclusions.Give written answers in paragraph
Design Criteria• Be ready to write a list of important design criteria youneed before you start planning for a website. You dothis from the situation description.• Remember these MUST be able to be evaluated sodon’t make general statements like “it will need to havecool technology stuff” You could say “the website willneed to incorporate social networking links because theaudience is most likely to interested in this technology”
Target Audience• Stage 3 - the examiner wants you to explainrelevance and evidence of each. Build the examiner apicture of what the typical user would “look” like!- Age Range- Sex (M or F)- Technology habits/knowledge – “Tech savvy”evidence?- Language (ie users expected to understandterminology related to content? Maybe talk aboutslang vs business language)- Socio-economic (rich – poor – middle; how does thiseffect the pictures, content you have?)- Interests (would users have common interests?)- Culture - anything to consider? What does theculture expect to see or not to see.
Current Website Trends - the important aspect of this is to be ableto link it to your websites purpose and user needs.• Video - Giving users the opportunity to watch SD and HDvideo. What can they watch?• Social Networking integration (Facebook friends, My Spacelinks)• Virtual Reality - (ie being able to click on a link and allow theuser to rotate a product or take a virtual tours or majorprojects)• Mobile and portable technology compatible (browserchanges/mobile options)• Carousel Navigation• Live Feeds – Date, world times, RSS feeds, stock market feeds.
Design Principles• Be able to identify the design principles in relation toa website or poster- Balance (symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial) Is itbalanced and what elements on the page make itlook balanced? Talk about positive and- Unity (harmony/proximity) are the components onthe page consistent ie colours, shapes borders etc Isthere a particular colour or theme that is used downthe page- Dominance What is dominant on the page. How isit achieved and why (purpose)
- Emphasis (how is this achieved on differentelements of the webpage colour, shape, line)How are other objects emphasised on thepage. Why?- Contrast – Is there strong contrast on thepage. How is it created?- Pattern Is pattern used? Why and how?- Movement – Is it present how is it achieved?Why?- - Rhythm – Does the page follow a naturalrhythm down the page. Is it in hierarchicalorder from important to least important.
Design Elements- Space (Use of negative or empty space). Whyexplain? Create emphasis and allows user to relaxeyes- Colour (are they significant colours for brand orfeel/content?) and Contrast- Alignment (what type of? Why and what effect doesit have? Does the alignment of the text help toseparate sections of the page?)- Texture Is there anyhere on the page which makes itappear like a related surface (wood, steel etc). Doesthis help with the authenticity or theme of the page.
- Form and shapes (3D effects used and how?Does it create emphasis around the object?Make it stand up off the page)- Value – Does the web designer use differentshades of colour to emphasise different partsof the page. Are the headings dark in colourand some of the text for example more“washed out” in appearance.
Drawings• Annotate!!• Bring coloured pencils (Don’t colour in whole page butshow important colours on page• Answer according to mark allocation.• Work in a landscape rectangle because most users havewidescreen monitors. Could ask you to type agraphic/logo. Not marking ability to draw but relevanceof image, font and colours.
11/15 marksNotice how this talksabout usabilityfunctions design andcurrent trends. Theannotation is used tooutline the designcriteria. Theexplanation of thewebsite will comelater.