Fall 2006»CSIS 672 Homework 1 Template

CSIS 672 Homework 1 Template


 *  Author:     {Your Name} 
* Course: CSIS 672, Section 90
* Assignment: Homework 1
* Due Date: {The assignment's due date}
* Certification of Authenticity {include one of the following}:
* I certify that this work is entirely my own.
* I certify that this work is my own, but I received
* some assistance from: {Name(s), References, etc.}

Name of System you are Evaluating


Describe your first impressions:


What is good and bad about this interface?

  • good 1
  • good 2
    • good 2.1
  • good 3
  • ...etc.


What is good and bad about the user experience it produces?


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an image.


Describe the system's functionality.

Provide concise, yet complete description (one to three sentences).

User Tasks

List user tasks.

What would a typical user want to accomplish? (Remember: Focus on user tasks, not system features.)

Is the functionality greater, equal, or less than what the user needs?

Usability Breakdown

Describe a usability breakdown caused by the system's design.

  • The problem should be one that came up as a difficulty in getting the system do what you wanted, due to flaws in the design.
  • Note: We are not interested in cases where the system crashed, or the program just didn't work.
  • The example of breakdown can be a situation where you did something that created a problem, or you failed to find the way to do something.
  • Give a few sentences ("bullet points") characterizing the breakdown from the point of view of you as a typical user. They should say briefly what you tried, what you expected, and what happened.


Using design concepts and other principles from class/textbook, explain why this usability breakdown occurred.

  • State the most important concepts/principles that were violated.
  • Provide short, yet complete explanations (one to three sentences) for each.


Discuss possible design improvements to the interface, based on your usability evaluation.


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