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COMP9042 - Info Design & Development

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Title:Info Design & Development
Long Title:Info Design & Development
Module Code:COMP9042
 
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: Donna OShea
Module Description: This module focuses on developing skills to enable information developers design and develop technical documents. Students will learn how to create, write and present clear and effective scientific and technical documents. Students will also learn to design and develop a design template and apply a styling convention using best practices.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the main types of content, reports and documents that are involved in the information development process.
LO2 Assess the impact of template versus a structured approach to information development within an organisation.
LO3 Examine the role and skills required of an information developer.
LO4 Assemble a style guide for ensuring consistency in presentation in technical documents.
LO5 Examine best practices in establishing stakeholder partnerships and writing for diverse audiences.
LO6 Design and build an effective document applying an appropriate style guide, applying best practices and conventions and inclusion of graphics.
LO7 Appraise a technical document in terms of quality.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Authoring types
Types of content, template versus structured content and authoring. Technology and tools used in content development. Reports and documents that form part of technical writing. Task oriented procedures. Steps to successful writing.
Writing in Information Development
Criteria for good technical writing. Role and skills of information developer.
Styling and Conventions using templates
Conventions for writers and editors. Elements of style. Tones in documents. Word choices. Sentence construction. Paragraphs. Language and grammar. Punctuation. Formatting. Structure. References. Numbers and measurements. Glossaries. Indexes. Appendixes.
Writing a document
Writing for diverse audiences. Content types. Information sourcing for technical specifications, prototypes and software under development. Formal and informal reports. Task oriented procedures.
Visual communication
Graphics - size, layout, use. Graphic type used in PDFs, HTML etc.
Information Development quality
Peer review cycles. Peer, copy and developmental editing. Editorial symbols.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal A private journal reflecting on the practice of information development and student activity on the module, such as independent research and exercises. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 20.0 Every Second Week
Project Student is expected to design and develop a style guide that can be applied to a technical document. 3,4 30.0 Week 8
Project Using the style guide developed as part of the previous assignment the student will be expected to apply this guide and develop a document for diverse audiences. The information development project is managed through peer review cycles, which will help the student develop a final version for submission at the semester end. 5,6,7 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Tutorial to support learning outcomes. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study 10.0 Every Week 10.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Tutorial to support learning outcomes. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study 10.0 Every Week 10.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bellamy, L., Carey, M., Schlotfeldt, J. 2012, DITA Best Practices, IBM Press [ISBN: 9780132374323]
  • Pringle, Alan-S., O’Keefe, Sarah S. 2009, Technical Writing 101 – A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Content, Scriptorium Publishing Services [ISBN: 9780970473370]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Budinski, Kenneth G. 2001, Engineers Guide to Technical Writing, ASM International [ISBN: 9781615031689]
  • Rude, Carolyn D., Dayton, D., Maylath, B. 2010, Technical editing, Allyn and Bacon [ISBN: 10:020578671]
  • Markel, M. 2012, Technical Communication, Bedford/St. Martins [ISBN: 978-031267948]
  • Barrett, E. 1988, Text, context, and hypertext: writing with and for the computer, MIT Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KINDD_9 Master of Science in Information Design and Development 1 Mandatory
CR_KIDDE_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Information Design and Development 1 Mandatory

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