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Research Paper in College

Project 1: User Needs Research Data Collection and Analysis Report (total 20% final grade weighting)

For the first project and the remaining two related projects, a target area for “redesign” of existing software and/or Web site should be identified by the student (and submitted to the instructor for prior approval) and stated in the assignment description for each of the three projects. The main criteria for this choice should be that the interface is freely visible and accessible by users and the subjects that are chosen for this assignment need research.

Purposive Subject Selection (10% of project 1 grade):

Select a minimum of five adults (and one alternate) for subsequent informed consent recruitment. Subjects should be varied in their demographics (gender, age, prior knowledge of computers and software in general and specifically in terms of the target redesign area). You will need to be sure that the adults selected will be available for the full duration of the project; i.e. course semester.

Provide documentation (minimum 250 words) listing these characteristics of each subject as well as the collective variance inherent in the subjects as a sample (group). Describe each subject using a pseudonym, such as subject 1, 2, 3, etc. or using male or female first names that are not actual subject names.

Human Subjects Informed Consent (10% of project 1 grade):

Provide documentation (minimum 250 words) of Human Subjects Informed Consent wording to be used in formal recruitment of subjects.

Elements of this wording should address the following criteria:

Provide overview information of nature and purpose of the user needs research

Provide overview information of nature of data collection (initial questionnaire and follow-up interview)

Characterize participation in study as voluntary with the right to withdraw at any time without use of previous data collected.

Characterize use of individually collected data as confidential (no personally identifiable information shared).

Characterize use of data for analysis as summary or aggregate in nature (not individualized).

Characterize use of individually collected data as temporary and its records destroyed after summaries are created.

Characterize use of data for reporting as limited to presentation in a report for a collegecourse (assignment).

Questionnaire Creation and Administration (20% of project 1 grade):

Provide a sample of an originally created questionnaire addressing the following criteria:

Create a brief introduction describing the basic nature and purpose of the user needs research.

Create a minimum of three question items that address various user demographics (age range, gender, and type and extent of prior computer and software use, especially in software similar or same as the target interface area.

Create a minimum of six question items that address various aspects of user needs for the target interface area for redesign.

Create an open-ended question item at end of questionnaire prompting for additional comments on perceived user needs and suggestions for improvement of the target interface area

Interface Tutorial Creation and Administration (10% of project 1 grade):

For subjects with little or no prior experience with the specific target interface area that is the focus of redesign, a tutorial should be created and administered to focus on its use (prior to questionnaire data collection).

Provide documentation (minimum 250 words) of an originally created interface tutorial (for the target interface area) addressing the following criteria:

Create a brief introduction describing the basic nature and purpose of the user needs research interface tutorial.

Create sequential instructions that explain each step of the tutorial to the subject.

Follow-up Interview Creation and Administration (20% of project 1 grade):

Provide documentation of questions (minimum of five open-ended question items) posed to two of the (five) original subjects that provide elaboration, clarification, and probing of topics (themes of user needs) identified in their individual questionnaire responses.

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Prepare questionnaire and select about five people to interview they don’t have to be real people you can make them up.
User Needs Questionnaire: Number and Types of Items
Although you may want to have multiple-response items on your initial user needs questionnaire for the project, I think you need to include several open-ended questions that can scoop up anything they have to say about:

* what they would like to see in the site that is missing (how and why)

* what they would like changed that is there (how and why)

These open-ended questions can be posed about the whole Web site area or broken down in terms of sub-areas or even sub-functions.

There is likely need for close-ended questions that act like multiple choice where you have them focus in a certain area or topic of redesign and select from a list, but you should always include a response item that is labeled “Other (please specify):” so that they can still address the area of focus while working beyond the set of response items provided. You can also indicate that they can select one or more response items as that may often be the case of choice.

There may be some need to break down each functional area of the site and address questions relevant to each, but I think there are many questions that can be posed in a way that addresses any area within the Web site that may be of interest to your subjects.

Up to a point, the more question items, the better because it offers more opportunities for questions you ask in your follow-up interview based on each individual’s responses to the initial questionnaire. However, you cannot make the initial questionnaire too long or difficult to complete (15 minutes is usually considered the longest completion time)
You should keep the total expected completion time to 15 minutes (not counting the time subjects spend in the demo of the Web site).

And do not forget; you are planning a follow-up interview, so you can catch whatever you may discover that you might have missed in the initial question.

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