Homework 3 - Option 1
Your assignment under this option is to perform a heuristic evaluation of undergrad.cs.umd.edu and then prepare a proof-of-concept redesign prototype (either made using an image editing program to alter screencaps of the existing version, or made in HTML then screen-cap'ed). You need to spend time to consider what representative tasks might be (not just tasks that you would do but think about other students and also parents and potential students) to help you in your walkthrough. Remember you also need to think about the technical level of vocabulary of these users - many of them are not CS majors yet!

You may look at other departmental home pages to get a sense of how things might be laid out, but your final redesign needs to reflect this department and your understanding of design. You need to mention any sites you visit in your write-up.

For the redesign prototype aspect of this homework, you can choose to pick one or two pages on which to focus. A full redesign is not requested or expected here. You might have your redesign focus on one or two "organizational" pages (ie: the home page or some second-level page that you might recommend to help organize the site) but those would then "link" to existing department, college, campus information, etc. pages or even to pages you imagine would be needed in the redesign, and probably make reference to in the heuristic evaluation report if that's the case, but that you don't actually make.

This report should be written in a professional manner. It needs to present the issues you found, group them based on the heuristic categories we discussed, and each one needs to be given a severity rating. Don't forget to explain your severity ratings to us somewhere in the report in a clear and concise way. The target audience should be considered to be a Computer Science Department committee looking into ways to improve this area of the departmental web site to support student goals.

You can create realistic screenshots using a "painting" program and give a clear guide as to which links go to which pages. You may also opt to use any design tool available for HTML authoring or prototyping, or code directly in HTML. You need to do your development on a local machine or in a password protected space, and not on the public web itself (so that other students can't come across your work). This means that you will need to zip the directory you create with your web pages (or images of them) and upload that to ELMS.

There will be two entries on ELMS: one for the PDF heuristic evaluation report and one for the zip file of images/webpages.