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CSC9N5: Multimedia and HCI Assignment


Department of Computing Science



& Mathematics, University of Stirling


Autumn
20
1
1


1


Building a Prototype Multimedia Presentation using Adobe Flash CS
5


DUE: 4pm
Tu
esday 2
2n
d

Nov
ember
, 20
1
1



THE BRIEF:


You are required to design a multimedia presentation and build a prototype version of it. This
prototype presentation must satisfy the f
ollowing criteria:


(1) It must
be
built using Adobe Flash CS
5


(2) The presentation must include:

1. Text elements

2. Images: still and/or movies

-
GIF,

PNG and JPEG are suitable for still images

-

FLV is the only format suitable for movies (use the Flash
Video Encoder)

3. Simple animation

-
tweening of your multimedia objects

-
NOT frame
-
by
-
frame cartoon animation!

4. Audio tracks

-
AIFF, WAV, MP3 are the most suitable

5. Interactivity

-
must include examples of the use of ActionScript 3.0


(3)
Sample
topics
for the presentation are (choose ONE):

1. A tourist guide

to a popular destination

2
. A hobby
or sporting interest

3
. An interactive instructional course, e.g. learn the guitar

4
. An introduction to a software package

5. What every computing science stude
nt needs to know about your university

6
. Another topic of your choice, but nothing offensive or illegal!


(4) The deadline is
4pm
,
Tu
esday
2
2
nd

Nov
ember


Use the work of the
CSC9N5 Flash
practicals
as a guide to the kinds of features we expect you
to inco
rporate. But by all means use any other multimedia presentations that you are aware of as
sources of ideas. Web pages often incorporate this kind of material.


Treat the assignment as a “commercial” exercise: you have a deadline for producing your design
and prototype (i.e. the assignment submission date) and you have a “budget”

it is worth 50% of
your overall marks for the course. Use these criteria to determine how long you should spend on
the assignment and how much to produce.
(If at any stage you ar
e unsure whether you need to do
more work, then please ask).


CSC9N5: Multimedia and HCI Assignment


Department of Computing Science



& Mathematics, University of Stirling


Autumn
20
1
1


2

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION:


There are
TWO
equally
-
weighted

components to the hand
-
in for the assignment:


1.

A
design report
(worth 50% of the assignment mark)

2.

A

prototype multimedia presentation
(wo
rth 50% of the assignment mark)


1
.

THE REPORT


The report s
hould be in the form of a
design document (10 pages or less in length) containing the
following:



Your student
ID
number (NOT your name

we will try to keep marking anonymous, but
this will obv
iously depend on the distinctiveness of your presentation) and the presentation
title
and the file name of your presentation
.swf
or
.exe
file

(see below
.
)


A description of the general concept of the presentation

What is it? Who is it aimed at?
How wou
ld you deliver it?
This should include
usage
and
task profiles
.


Details of the design of your
prototype
presentation, including
s
toryboards of major
screen
layouts, navigation maps,
general design choices for the presentation
and a
hierarchical task

analysis of
one
goal a user might try to achieve

justify your level of analysis in terms of
tasks
and
actions
.


A description of what the full product would contain,
justify
ing
why you have implemented
the parts that you have to create the prototype v
ersion
.


A plan of the
usability
testing
you would carry out.



A list of all sources for any media used in the prototype (i.e. web addresses, references
scanned from etc
.
)


Your report should detail a consistent design process
and
be specific to your mu
ltimedia
presentation. General information about design and testing procedures should not be included.



This report should be placed in the box outside

room 4B89, with the CSC9N5 label, by 4pm
on
Tu
esday
2
2nd

Nov
ember.



2.
THE PRESENTATION PROTOTYPE


Y
our prototype should clearly demonstrate the concept of your design, good use of multimedia,
and technical competence with Flash development, including the use of simple ActionScript 3.0.

An excellent submission will satisfy all of these criteria.



As a
p
rototype
, your presentation
should:


Show examples of all presentation styles to be used in the final product.


Include
examples of all types of navigation to be employed.


Clearly indicate when material is missing or will be different in the final syst
em e.g. never
have a clickable button that does nothing! At least have a text box describing what should
happen.


As the final part of your submission you will create a standalone flash movie (a
.
swf file
and /or
.exe file
)

of your prototype presentation
. Publishing standalone files will be covered in the
CSC9N5: Multimedia and HCI Assignment


Department of Computing Science



& Mathematics, University of Stirling


Autumn
20
1
1


3

practical sessions. Work on your flash presentation in your CS home directory as usual, then
copy the finished file
(plus any video files)
to
\
\
Shilling
\
CSC9N5
\
Y
ourIDNumber
for marking.



Copy your fini
shed
F
lash file to
\
\
Shilling
\
CSC9N5
\
YourIDNumber
where it will be
checked

at 4pm on
Tu
esday
2
2nd

Nov
ember.

Ensure that your Flash file runs successfully!
Remember to also copy any linked external media,
such as video files.



NOTES ON REPORT AND PROTOTYPE


1. Adobe Flash CS
5

is available in 4X
5
for use on the assignment.

2.
The emphasis in the prototype is NOT on the quality of media you have available, but on the
sensible integration of different media
(text, graphics, animation etc) and the usability of the
system (e.g. is it easily navigable). So
do not
spend long on producing original media
. Where
you would use different media in the final product, this should be indicated in the prototype (e.g.
a sti
ll image in place of a video, with some text indicating this).

3.
You may be able to find suitable media on the Web, or in books, magazines etc. Be sure to
reference your sources in your report.

4
. You have
limited
file space
, so use suitable compressed fi
le formats and graphics resolutions
of 72dpi at most (JPEG is good for photographic images, PNG or GIF for drawings).
5.

Video
clips must be in .flv format
-
use the Adobe Flash Encoder tool to convert your clips.

Video or
sound clips will have to be
very short
(you can always play them repetitively).

6.
Common sound file formats are “.aiff”, “.wav”, and “.mp3”. Flash CS
5
will import these.

7.
A trial version of Adobe Flash CS
5
(fully functional but time limited to 30 days) is available
from
the Adobe webs
ite
if you wish to install Flash on your own computer.



Plagiarism

Work which is submitted for assessment must be your own work. All students should note that
the University has a formal policy on plagiarism which can be found at:


http://www.quality.sti
r.ac.uk/ac
-
policy/
Misconduct
.php


Plagiarism means presenting the work of others as though it were your own. The University
takes a very serious view of plagiarism, and the penalties can be severe
(ranging
from a reduced
grade
in the assessment
, through a
fail grade
for the module, to
expulsion from the University for
more serious or repeated offences)
. Specific guidance in relation to Computing Science
assignments may be found in the Computing Science Student Handbook.



We check submissions carefully for
evidence of plagiarism, and pursue those cases we find.


Late submission

If you cannot meet the assignment hand
-
in deadline and have good cause, please see the
module

coordinator to explain your situation and ask for an extension. Coursework will be accep
ted up
to five days after the hand
-
in deadline (or expiry of any agreed extension) but the grade will be
lowered by one grade point per day or part thereof. After five days the work will be deemed a
non
-
submission and will receive an X (no grade)
for this
assignment
and therefore the module
.