Info on Exam 3, CS3205, Spring 2017
Clarification and updates will be posted here:
clarifications at end of this page and the green "updated" icon(s)
When: The "normal" time to take Exam 3
in class will be during part of the final exam period, Thursday, May 4, 10am-noon, THN 303
It will be designed to be a roughly half the length of the previous two
exams. If you have an issue with taking it at the normal time,
the Collab announcement about this that was sent on Friday, April 28,
and contact the instructor as soon as possible.
Format: The exam will be
closed-book and no notes. It will be a mix of short answer and "writing
Important: As noted early in the class, part of your score
will be based on how well you express your
answers using the vocabulary and terminology as defined in HCI. For
example, you may identify and describe a usability
problem but not in the way that someone trained in HCI would
talk about it -- you will not get full credit
in this case.
The exam will be only on material that was not covered on Exam 2,
with the material in slide set "Detailed Design, Part 1".
Below is a list of readings that match what's been discussed in class.
- Some material on windows and icons are discussed in Section 6.2.2
in printed book (in Ch. 5 of our e-version).
book Chapter 4, the section on “Basics of Page
Layout”. The link takes you to the Safari on-line
library, which in princple should be viewable if you authenticate with
NetBadge. But if you have problems, you can see this in file duck-book-4.1.pdf in Resources on
- Section of book on design patterns, Section 12.3 in printed book
(in Ch. 11 of our e-version)
- Section of book on Fitts' law (3 pages), Section 15.4 in printed
book (in Ch. 14 of our e-version)
Principles and UI
- ID Book, chapter on "Evaluation: Inspections, Analytics, and
Models." Chapter 15 in printed book (Ch. 14 of our e-version) , but no
questions on Section 15.3 on Analytics. (18 pages to read in this
chapter, including 15.4.1 on Fitts' Law.)
Here's a list of topics. It's not guaranteed to be complete,
but it's a good start to help you study your notes from class and
assess what you know.
- Detailed (or physical) UI Design
- Focus: window-focus, focus within windows (nothing
on the Thunderbird/Mozilla example of focus within applications)
- Widgets within windows: Buttons, toolbars, menus
- Example screens and windows (from slides) and issues related
- Text and color (from the slides only, no readings)
- Evaluation topics from Chapter 15
- Heuristic evaluation and walkthroughs
- Fitts' law and related issue of size and distance.
- Nothing on UI Flow (slides at start of set 12).
- On UI Design Patterns from Duck book and Section 12.3: know what
a UI design pattern is; also, know high-level details about at least
two of the patterns from the website. We discussed the 4 listed on
slide 17 in class, so maybe those are good choices to study. Details
can be found on the web site (direct link)
- Slides on menus: nothing on exam on slides 66-79 from slide set 12
- FYI, In Tuesday's class I had an older version of this document
screen, and you saw a couple of things then that had never been in the