CS4009 Directed Study 2020

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Timetable & Venues

  • Lecture - Monday 13:00 - 14:00 CS2-044
  • Labs - Wednesday 10:00-12:00 CS1045; Thursday 13:00-15:00 CS1045.
  • Contact Hours - Monday 15:00 - 16:00, Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00, and Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 in my office (CS2-034)

Module leader

  • Kim O'Shea
  • Office: CS2034

Module objectives

This module is dedicated to student-led, research oriented study. On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Identify specialised literature and web-based resources for a specific theme.
  2. Review a body of scholarly works of particular importance for the selected topic of research.
  3. Compare and contrast major examples of work in a particular area presenting different attitudes and approaches to the topic.
  4. Produce a presentation and a report describing the chosen topic of research and its state of the art.
  5. Critically appraise the limits and strengths of the materials studied.
  6. Participate in discussions and presentations with classmates and lecturers around the topic of research.
  7. Cooperate in small groups of research and study around a specific topic.
  8. Display an understanding of the design process, design methodologies or techniques, prototyping, and user testing.
  9. Display an attitude of self-reflection and critique of their own design practice.

Class work and assessment

Assigned Readings


Additional Resources

Overview of assessments

Students will form groups of 3/4 for the assignments by week 3.

General Information

  • Individual Assignment: Each group member produces a portion of the group's complete annotated bibliography for their chosen topic (15%)
  • Group Assignment: Academic Article based on Literature (20%)
  • Group Assignment: Presentation of the concepts and philosophy underlying their Academic Article's subject (5%)
  • Group Assignment: Create a medium-fidelity prototype of a chosen design, with evidence of product/interface evolution (30%)
  • Individual Assignment: Each student must write an essay on a design methodology / technique (10%)
  • Individual IN-CLASS Assignment: Each week from weeks 2 - 11 inclusive, students will be presented a questionnaire in the lecture (20% - 10x2%)
  • A breakdown of how each assignment is graded can be found here

Group Information

Detailed Assignment Information


  • Individual Annotated Bibliography on selected topic 15% Template found here
    • Due date - Week 7 - 13 March 2020 at 5pm
    • Your submission must include at least 4 annotated sources including one from the assigned readings
    • Each annotated source should be summarised in approximately 200 words (including the reference)
    • Further information on annotated literature is available here
    • You must download and use a template for writing your annotations from here
    • You must submit your assignment on SULIS in PDF format, in the format Name_ID_CS4009_Annotated.pdf (e.g. KimOShea_12345678_CS4009_Annotated.pdf) on SULIS
    • Send a backup of your PDF assignment to kim.oshea@ul.ie with the subject "CS4009 Assignment 1"
    • If you do not receive at least 6/15 in your annotated literature assignment, you will fail the module!
    • You must adhere to the template provided or you will incur a penalty of -5%


  • Group Literature Review 20% Template found here
    • Due date - Week 7 - 13 March 2020 at 5pm
    • Your submission must include at least 3 sources from EACH group member's individual annotated bibliography
    • Your word count is 600 words per member of the group
    • Further information on a literature review is available here
    • You must download and use a template for writing your annotations from here
    • You must submit your assignment on SULIS in PDF format, in the format GroupNumber_CS4009_LiteratureReview.pdf (e.g. Group1_CS4009_LiteratureReview.pdf) on SULIS
    • Send a backup of your PDF assignment to kim.oshea@ul.ie with the subject "CS4009 Assignment 2"
    • If you do not receive at least 8/20 in your annotated literature assignment, you will fail the module!
    • You must adhere to the template provided or you will incur a penalty of -5%


  • Group Presentation 5%
    • Due date - Week 7 - 13 March 2020 at 5pm
    • There will be presentations scheduled during the labs in Week 8
    • Your presentation should outline the argument or points made by your literature review.
    • Please upload your presentation to SULIS by the deadline, and for the presentation you must bring it on a USB stick. Each group will have 10 mins to present.
    • Only one group member needs to upload the presentation to SULIS in PDF format. Name it: GroupNumber_Presentation
    • If you do not receive at least 2/5 in your annotated group presentation, you will fail the module!
    • The slides should contain (at least) the following:
    • Title slide (the group name/number, the names and student numbers of the students involved in preparing the work)
    • Introduction - what area are you researching
    • Literature - main ideas from what each of you read with correct Harvard in-text citation where necessary - (<author last name> <year>)
    • References in correct Harvard style - check Cite It right
    • If you are using Zotero, go to Zotero-> Preferences -> Styles and press the <Get additional styles button>. Put University of Limerick in the Search box and add it to the list. After that, select the papers you want to add to the list, then right click on one of them. Select <Generate Bibliography from items>, make sure University of Limerick is selected on the list, then use Bibliography and Copy to Clipboard for generating the correct list of references, and the Paste them on the PPT slide.
    • The grading scheme for this (5% in total, everybody in the group gets the same grade):
    • 1% for all group members speaking
    • 1% for the overall clarity of the presentation
    • 1% presentation skills
    • 1% for the clarity of information presented on the slides
    • 1% for complete and accurate references


  • Group Prototype 30%
    • Due date - Week 11 - 17 April 2020 at 5pm
    • Based on your literature research and user research, develop a medium fidelity prototype of a tool / interface / service (etc)
    • Your prototype can be physical or digital
    • You must also submit evidence of product / service (etc) evolution. This may also be physical or digital - for example, if your group created sketches you may submit a folder with all of your group's evolution sketches. You must showcase at least 3 different design techniques / methodologies in your evidence.
    • Your assignment should be submitted on SULIS (links to prototypes, etc), and send a back up of your assignment to kim.oshea@ul.ie with the subject "CS4009 Assignment 4"
    • If you do not receive at least 12/30 in your prototype, you will fail the module!



  • Individual Essay on a Design Technique (10%)
    • Due date - Week 12 - 24 April 2020 at 5pm
    • You must write a 500 word essay on a design technique you have learned about during the semester. You must cite sources where applicable. References will not be included in the word count.
    • You must submit your assignment on SULIS in PDF format, in the format Name_ID_CS4009_Essay.pdf (e.g. Group1_CS4009_LiteratureReview.pdf) on SULIS
    • Send a backup of your PDF assignment to kim.oshea@ul.ie with the subject "CS4009 Assignment 5"
    • If you do not receive at least 4/10 in your essay, you will fail the module!


IMPORTANT: Please adhere to all naming conventions as per the above. In terms of word count for all assignments, I am adhering to a "plus or minus 10%" rule, meaning 500 word essay = STRICTLY between 450 and 550 words (+-50 words)

Design Brief

UNIVERSAL DESIGN IN THE HOME

You will be researching and designing for inclusivity in the home. Universal Design is a design strategy that reconsiders what 'normal' is. It designs for the outliers instead of the majority. For example, when designing a new building and employing a universal design strategy, the design team are then focussing on issues like wheelchair accessibility from the offset instead of designing for the "normal", able-bodied individual and having the wheelchair user's needs considered at the end (i.e. adding a ramp).

So, your mission should you choose to accept it, is to design a new technology or service in the home guided by the principles of universal design. We will go through these principles and details in depth in lectures / labs.

The home is made up of many parts, and you can explore the home as a whole or you can choose a room, or a function, to design for. You are not redesigning some physical aspect of the home (architecture, etc), you are designing technology for users of the home. You can consider present or future scenarios.

You will be split into groups based on your research interests. You will remain with this topic and this group for the rest of the semester, so choose something you're interested in.

Suggested technologies and applications for design

  • Sensors for gathering data, such as for health (skin health, heart rate), environment (temperature, humidity, sound), embodied interactions (e.g. gestures)
  • Beacons - bluetooth applications (for location aware applications, for example)
  • GPS - location aware
  • Augmented reality
  • Voice interaction
  • Projections (e.g. on-skin based, wearable, screen-based)
  • Wearable surveillance (e.g. hidden cameras, recorders, logging systems)
  • Apps and wearable extensions (e.g. sensor-based)
  • Multi-sensory approaches?

Lectures and Labs

There will be a number of lectures scheduled throughout the semester, on various topics related to doing research

Week 1

Lecture:

Briefing on the Directed Studies module

Lab:

No labs

Week2

Lecture:

Communication Tools

Video conferencing tools

Project Management Tools

Learning new stuff Online courses:

Creating Websites

Social media marketing

Google Alerts

Google Analytics

Wireframing - Sketch

Other handy tools

Lab:

Week 3

Lecture

Lab



In each group of 4, each person has to read one of these 4 papers. Choose an electronic method of communicating the number/title of the paper you have chosen with your group.

Week 4

Lecture


Lab

  • Creating or retrieving your account on Zotero;
    • Go to applications and open Zotero on your computer; go to Zotero.org and log in.
    • Go to http://dl.acm.org in your browser. This is the ACM Digital Library. Now search for a paper on "universal design";
    • Use the Zotero connector on the left side of your browser bar to add one paper you found of interest to your Zotero library; add some tags (could be the keywords in the paper); check the Notes functionality for making notes about the paper.
    • When using Zotero you must add UL Harvard style to the your software as it does not come as standard. To do this, go to Zotero-> Preferences -> Styles and press the <Get additional styles button>. Put University of Limerick in the Search box and add it to the list.
    • When you have finished your research and want to generate a bibliography, select the papers you want to add to the list, then right click on one of them. Select <Generate Bibliography from items>, make sure University of Limerick is selected on the list, then use Bibliography and Copy to Clipboard for generating the correct list of references
  • Putting Zotero to work - add the paper you read in the last lab into your Zotero library; add your notes there as well.

From last week's lab: In each group of 4, each person has to read one of these 4 papers. Choose an electronic method of communicating the number/title of the paper you have chosen with your group.

If you have not done so already, coordinate with your group. Each of you must read a different paper. Do this now and add the paper you have read to your Zotero library. Make notes in the notes section. Add tags. Ensure all available information is put into the Zotero system, and manually add it if it is not.

Week 5

Lecture

Lab

Week 6

Lecture

Lab

Week 7

Lecture

Also see: http://codesign.mesch.io/glossary/index.htm

Lab

  • Understanding design techniques - activity
  • Assignment clinic

Week 8

Lecture


Questionnaire

Lab

  • Presentations
  • Brainstorming for your design prototype
  • Make a plan for designing, prototyping and testing

Week 9

Lecture


Questionnaire

Lab

  • User testing - how, why.
  • Continuing on prototypes, preparing the user test

Week 10

Lecture

Questionnaire


Lab

  • Feedback from user testing
  • Implementing changes suggested by testing

Week 11

Lecture

Questionnaire

Lab

  • Assignment clinic
  • Module feedback

Week 12

Lecture

No Lecture this week - meeting by appointments.

Lab

  • Prototype presentations

Annotated Bibliography

Literature Review

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