402: Technical and Professional Writing
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Document Redesign Project (see
end product of this assignment is the redesign of the Degree Audit
System (DARS) printout. If you've ever tried to read this report, you
idea of how difficult it is to comprehend. You will redesign this
that it is easier to read, understand, and process. Your redesigned
contain the same amount of information as the original one, but present
content in an attractive format that even beginning users can
audience for the redesign is the first-time student user.
accomplish this redesign, you must consider the elements of design
alignment, repetition, and contrast) found in NDDB. Using
the design principles and the information you've already studied about
type, you will be able to improve the DARS drastically. It is important
emphasize that this is a redesign project and I want to see major
the original DARS report.
will accomplish this assignment in teams of two people. To showcase the
redesign, each team will complete an oral presentation and a written
presentation and the report must include the results of at least two
speaking, usability testing is defined as the ease with which a
audience can learn and use a product. Your book has a good section
on usability which we will supplement with information from Jacob
To complete your
usability testing, you must first conduct an audience
and initial usability testing with at least three first-time users.
stage of audience analysis, you need to find out how well the current
report is working for your audience and what more they would like to be
get out of the report. For information on how to conduct usability
p. 37-39 of CG). Make
sure to use both qualitative
and quantitative testing methods.
will repeat your usability testing once you have redesigned the report.
results of these reports should indicate that you have improved the
the DARS report. If not, you should consider revising (or reimagining)
redesign. Although this assignment only calls for two usability tests
post-design), you are welcome to make final revisions and conduct a
third test to increase the credibility of your work.
must include the results of your usability testing in both your
project will be a report that includes the original DARS
report, the redesigned DARS report, and a written overview of the
the format of a traditional business report. Your report will have a
bent, since your goal in writing the report is to convince the DARS
Committee (DOC) to adopt your redesign. Assume that the hypothetical
made up of faculty, staff (from the office of student records), and
12 will be our guide for writing the reports. Make sure to
incorporate numerous headings (Introduction, DARS Analysis, First
Testing, Redesign, Second Usability Testing, Final Results, etc.) to
report organized and easy to search through. You should also
incorporate figures throughout the report (we will discuss this more in
presentation will include an overview of your redesign project and
should showcase your final DARS redesign. You must present
the redesigned DARS report using PowerPoint or Prezi. Both
members of your team must participate. Your
goal in the oral presentation, as in the written report, is to convince
to adopt your redesign. Dress code for this presentation is business casual.
Details on the Written and Oral Report
Grading (DARS Grading Rubric)
You will receive a team
grade on this project as well as an individual
grade. The team grade will be based on the design (worth 30% ), the
(worth 25%), the written report (worth 30%), and a colleague
(worth 15%). The overall project is worth 20% of your grade for the