08 Design: Coding: Criterion A

Task A1: Explain the problem

What apps do you use? Most apps can be grouped into one of four categories: gaming, social, media, or general. Some apps blur the boundaries such as YouTube could be considered a media app because of the video and music content, where as it could also be considered social because of the comments and chat capabilities.

Spend a few minutes brainstorming all the different apps you use and can think of, and what purposes they solve. What do successful apps have in common?

Think about what app/game/programming project you might like to make during this unit.

Complete section A1 of your Design Journal. Be sure to write complete paragraphs for each question and include your reference website addresses.

Task A2: Plan your research

Now you have a project idea, it’s time to do some research into it so your product can be as effective as possible.

You are going to research into at least 3 different existing apps and their strengths & weaknesses.

Do some preliminary research to decide which apps you are going to study, then brain storm questions you want to answer about each one.

The list below can be a good starting point of other successful games that may be worth looking at. Research into the game and the person who built it. Find articles/videos containing interviews with the person, about the person, about the game.

Some questions you may consider include:

We will brain storm in class different questions that might be relevant for certain apps. The following are also some suggestions to help you get started:

Complete section A2 of your Design Journal. To adequately address strand A2 you should:

Task A3: Analyse existing products

For each app you identified in A2, conduct the research you planned.

Begin with the question you gave priority 1, move on to the question you gave priority 2 etc. Keep researching until you have used up the allotted class time. Ensure you include the reference information. Be sure to include pictures / diagrams / links to videos as well.

Some videos I think are really interesting and would make great research for your Criterion A:

To adequately address strand A3 you should:

Task A4: Design brief

Now that you have completed your research, part A4 is about you summarising what you have learnt and offering an analysis of the information.

To adequately address strand A4 you should:

Complete the section A4 in your Design Journal.

Assessment

3A Needs identification Research planning Inspiration analysed Design brief
1-2 states the need for a solution to a problem states some of the main findings of relevant research
3-4 outlines the need for a solution to a problem states the research needed to develop a solution to the problem, with some guidance outlines ~~one~~ existing product that inspires a solution to the problem develops a basic design brief, which outlines some of relevant research
5-6 explains the need for a solution to a problem constructs a research plan, which states and prioritizes the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem, with some guidance describes a group of similar products that inspire a solution to the problem develops a design brief, which outlines the findings of relevant research
7-8 explains and justifies the need for a solution to a problem constructs a research plan, which states and prioritizes the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem independently analysis a group of similar products that inspire a solution to the problem develops a design brief, which presents the analysis of relevant research.