• Description

  • The web is a complex information environment consisting of many web pages, users, and clicks and interactions every single day. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of web information architecture (IA) – a discipline that aims to understand the information needs and activities of web visitors and create design elements to help users find their way around in this complex information environment with ease. The course will cover various strategies and skills, in which information architects structure, organize, label, navigate, and search for information on large websites. A service learning component is built into this course so that students can transfer their IA knowledge and skills to a real-world project. The course is designed following a project management approach and students will be exposed to different activities from start to finish. 

    Students will produce website wireframes, sitemaps, workflow diagrams, a heuristic evaluation video and an IA strategy plan at the end of the course. 


    Course Syllabus

  • Course Objectives

  • During the course, students will examine the fundamentals of:

    • information architecture (IA)
    • content strategy
    • search patterns
    • modern web technologies
    • website project management

    Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

    • Produce several IA documents that outline specific IA strategies for their assigned client
    • Write an IA strategy plan for their assigned client
    • Effectively use various software tools to create wireframes, workflow diagrams, and taxonomies
    • Produce a short summary video
    • Effectively work and communicate with their assigned clients
    • List at least six reasons why IA plays a vital role in website development
    • Evaluate and critique several websites from an IA perspective
    • Paraphrase common IA and IT terminology
    • Define the value of content strategy
    • Demonstrate effective use of project management software
    • Define the four components of IA - organization, labeling, navigation and searching systems
  • Instructor Information

  • Alex Martinez
    alex.martinez@du.edu
    303.871.4879

    Portfolio Website

  • What is Information Architecture?

  • Video

  • University Websites
    University Websites
  • Usability Testing
    Usability Testing
  • Project Management
    Project Management

This portfolio last updated: 09-Aug-2019 9:29 PM