Assignment P1 (Fall 2016)
Due: Sunday, September 4th, 2016, by 11:59PM UTC-12 (Anywhere on Earth). This assignment is based on lessons 2.1 (Introduction to Principles) and 2.2 (Feedback Cycles).
Answer the following four questions in a maximum of 300 words each; if you supply more than 300 words, the grader will stop reading at the 300th word, and you will not receive credit for anything written after that. Clearly delineate where each answer starts and ends. You are encouraged but not required to complement your responses with diagrams, drawings, pictures, etc.; these do not count against the word limit, though any captions, text in tables, etc. does.
- As a Georgia Tech OMSCS student, you likely regularly use T-Square, Piazza, Udacity, and other tools. Select one interface (or one piece of one interface) that you believe adopts the processor model of the user and explain what elements of the interface suggest that model (~80 words). Then, select one interface (or one piece of one interface) that you believe adopts the predictor model of the user and explain what elements of the interface suggest that model (~80 words). Then, select one interface (or one piece of one interface) that you believe adopts the participant model of the user and explain what elements of the interface suggest that model (~80 words).
- Think of an interface that you use on a regular basis that takes the processor view of the user; that is, it considers only the user’s input and output rather than the more general task in which the user is engaging. Briefly (~100 words) describe the interface and what three characteristics about it clearly focus on the processor view. Then, describe (~150 words) how you would redesign the interface to adopt either the predictor or the participant views of the user.
- Describe submitting an assignment to T-Square in terms of our discussion of feedback cycles. Specifically, discuss how the specific stages of the gulf of execution and the gulf of evaluation apply to submitting an assignment via T-Square (~40 words each).
- Select an activity from your regular life that struggles with a wide gulf of execution or gulf of evaluation. Describe what makes that gulf wider than it might need to be (~75 words). Then, select a similar activity from your regular life that has a narrow gulf of execution or gulf of evaluation. Briefly describe that activity and what gives it a narrower gulf (~75 words), then describe lessons could be borrowed from the second activity to resolve the wide gulf in the first activity (~100 words).
Assignments should be submitted to the corresponding assignment on T-Square in accordance with the Assignment Submission Instructions. Most importantly, you should submit a single PDF for each assignment. This PDF will be ported over to Peer Feedback for peer review by your classmates. If your assignment involves things (like videos, working software prototypes, etc.) that cannot be provided in PDF, you should provide them separately (either through the class Resources folder or your own upload destination) and submit a PDF that describes how to access the assignment.
This is an individual assignment. Every student should submit an assignment individually.
Late work is not accepted without advanced agreement except in cases of medical or family emergencies. In the case of an emergency, please contact the Dean of Students.
Each question is graded out of 5 possible points; thus, the assignment as a whole is graded out of 20 possible points. Your grade and feedback will be returned to you via T-Square. An announcement will be made via Piazza when grades are returned.
After submission, your assignment will be ported to Peer Feedback for review by your classmates. Grading is not the primary function of this peer review process; the primary function is simply to give you the opportunity to read and comment on your classmates’ ideas, and receive additional feedback on your own. All grades will come from the graders alone.
You will typically be assigned three classmates to review. Peer reviews are due one week after the due date of the assignment, and count towards your peer review grade. Remember, peer reviews are graded not just based on completion, but also based on feedback quality. Each peer review should be substantive, whether in the way it critiques, praises, or elaborates on the assignment.