Design and Evaluation

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LCX008B05
Vaknaam Design and Evaluation
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 5
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Leerdoelen Students will develop:
1. their theoretical knowledge of research on instructive texts.
2. their ability to evaluate instructive texts to identify, analyse and test complex questions in document design.
3. their understanding of the structure and coherence of CIS research and its practical application in document design.
4. their competence to identify, analyse and improve complex issues in document design based on relevant models of production and interpretation in a context of use.
5. their ability to accurately and reliably communicate about and use relevant research in the field of document design.
Omschrijving In the Design and Evaluation course students are introduced to a method to evaluate and optimise the design of instructive texts. Students study course readings on document design and analyse a particular instruction. Based on these investigations students formulate expectations about problems users may encounter when processing the instruction. With these expectations as a starting point students carry out an iterative evaluation method to test the effectiveness of the instruction.

The evaluation method will consist of three phases in which: (1) an expert analysis is carried out to describe and analyse an instruction, (2) an improved version of the instruction (based on the expert analyses from step 1) is prepared, and (3) a user study to compare the quality of the original and redesigned instruction is set up, tested improved and conducted.
Methods employed in the user study include: Think Aloud Protocol (TAP), questionnaires and interviews, where TAP and questionnaire results are processed quantitatively, while the interview results are used to add qualitative insights.

By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. relate important questions about document design especially the design of instructive texts to central questions, theories and concepts in CIS research,
2. describe and explain aspects of instructive texts and their evaluation in a context of use, employing theoretical models on document design,
3. analyse, evaluate and improve instructive texts based on implementation of an iterative evaluation method,
4. develop and present improved instructive texts in line with the outcomes of researched issues in document design.
5. write coherent research reports according to academic guidelines.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm praktische oefening, veldwerk, werkcollege
(2 lectures, 5 flipped class-room meetings and 7 seminars)
Toetsvorm schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor jr 2
Coördinator dr. I.F. van der Sluis
Docent(en) dr. I.F. van der Sluis ,dr. L. van Poppel
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A number of Texts and articles made available on the student portal pages of the course.
Entreevoorwaarden 45 ECTS credits of the propaedeutic exam.
Opmerkingen Progress is open van 17 juni tot en met 5 juli. De (eventuele) werkgroep intekening in Nestor is open van 14 augustus 07.00 uur t/m 28 augustus 23.59 uur. De faculteit behoudt zich het recht voor wijzigingen aan te brengen in het vakaanbod, het aantal groepen en de roostering.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 2 semester I a intm
Ba Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen 2 semester I a verplicht
Facultaire Minor Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen 3 semester I a keuzegroep