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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Web Design task 2


Website Design : Assignment Two – the site

Task 2)

From your proposed layout that has been modified according to the needs of the customer create the 5 page website. Document website (do screenshots) and discuss design and justify it (M2) and also document how unforeseen circumstances have been accommodated (D2).

(Unit 14 LO2 : 2.1 / Unit 10 LO3 3.1)
(Unit 14 M2 & Unit 10 M2 – design of method justified looking at visual aspects and coding /
Unit 14 D2 & Unit 10 M2 - unforeseen circumstances have been accommodated for different browsers and devices)

Document how the website was created; use screenshot explaining your steps.
(Unit 10 LO3 3.2 + 3.7)

Test the website for functionality and document problems encountered and how you overcame them, the get some other user to evaluate your website and document there feedback
(Unit 14 LO2 : 2.2 / Unit 10 LO3 : 3.5 )

Test the website and see if you can break it! Document the results
(Unit 10 LO3 3.4)

Then critically review your website comparing it to other websites that offer similar services. Take into account both positive and negative factors in the website. Be realistic about your own abilities compared to professional web design companies.
(Unit 10 LO3 3.3)

Merit is given for clear structure and ease of readability

Assignment 2

Monday, 21 November 2016

assignment two

Assignment Two

You work as an apprentice web designer you have been have been introduced to design a online address book your company uses.

Your boss has asked you to see if you can make a simple product that can your organisation can use to access a global address book.

It needs email addresses, physical addresses, telephone numbers and a details field of 100 characters about the client.

You have been given some hardware to help you do this task, along with the client list.

One page is to view all and/or sort the addresses, one page is to edit/delete the address.

Also security is important this address book needs limited access only to authorised users.

One user has read only access and a supervisor user can view/edit/delete from the address book.

Task 1)

Investigate what the hardware and software is needed to used, both for a simple low usage test system and a high usage production system. Document both these system for you manage, both hardware and software requirements.

For a test system you are looking for max of 5 people using it and for production system up to 500 users could use this system.

Document this hardware, both low and high usage.

Task 2)

Now it’s time for you to setup a low usage test system, document how this is done and what you used and why.

Cover what the server can do, how it is configured. How databases can be used on it etc.
Also show the web app been used (errors as well as successes).

Critically test and review the system.

Task 3)

Now design the web application as specified. Show your php code and how the mysql database is setup (what are the fields etc).

Screenshot and document the development process and your ideas.


Task 4)

Test the system both hardware and software and critically review its performance.

Does the system you created work as per brief?
Can you edit the address book?
Can you just view addresses and not edit them?
What errors do you have?
Does it work at all?

What security have you used and why?

( An non – working system is not a failure, just document what happens and then discuss what you wanted)

Document this



Thursday, 27 October 2016

Unit 14 and 10 assignment One

Website Design : Assignment One – the draft
Structure of this assignment :-

Cover Page : 

Contents Page: 

Background : Why did you choose this website? Give reason and rational behind this decision.

Client Brief : What does the client want? Describe what in rough terms is the contents of each page.

Initial Draft : Give initial sketches and initial ideas of website before you spoke to the customer.

Client feedback : You had a meeting / many meetings with the client.
What was said?
Show correspondence with client.
What was agreed (and why)?
Was their a difference in opinion ?
Did you suggest something the client didn’t want
Did the client suggest something you disagreed with?
What was said at the meeting? How long was the meeting? What was the date?

Second draft : Changes made to draft as an outcome of meeting
What were the changes that was agreed with.
Show these draft pages (all 5 if 5 is agreed number of pages)
What's the colour Scheme? 
What other HCI aspects are catered for?
Has the client seen this secondary draft? What do they think?

Concluding points
Whats next ?
How long do you think it will take?
Who is doing what and why?
Who is the target audience?

Merit is given for clear structure and ease of readability

Assignment One : Unit 10 + 14

Reply to this post with the assignment pls.

HCI Concepts

HCI Concepts

Colour Theory


Here is an excellent YouTube clip covering this topic by GraVoc Media Production on the subject.





Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory


Professor Hofstede's research in cross cultural HCI is international recognised and used across the industry.

This theory covers 6 aspects:-

  1.  Power Distance Index (PDI)
  2.  Individualism versus Collectivism (IDV)
  3.  Masculinity versus Femininity (MAS)
  4.  Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI)
  5.  Long Term Orientation versus Short Term Normative Orientation (LTO)*
  6.  Indulgence versus Restraint (IND)





Monday, 24 October 2016

assignment one : unit 3536

Assignment One

What do these acronyms mean? Evaluate and compare each one..

DHCP
DNS
TCP/IP
SNMP
FTP
WWW
OSI
Proxy Server / Proxy address
Switch
Hub
Router
Server
Client

Write a report highlighting the concepts of web application.
From the list below what each of them are in relation to web applications.

Focus on these concepts :-
Users – Who is the user of the site, what is a novice a expert etc.
Site – who uses the site and why?
Accessibility – vision impairment with larger fonts etc.
Legislation – Data protection act, how does that affect sites?
Functionality – What is a shopping cart? What other are the other elements?
Scripting language used by application – PHP, ASP, JSP what are they and how are they used?
What security concerns do we have with web services?






Project : intial presentaion / PP

Initial presentation of :-

Project specification

What is the project?
• Initial sketches / small scale demo

Who is doing this Project?
Who is target audience?
Why are you doing this project?
What is time scale of project

Upload the video and Powerpoint to this post.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Server side Web design

Unit 35: Web Applications Development


In this unit we use PhP and Mysql as well as look at cookies.

PHP is a server-side scripting language designed primarily for web development but is also used as a general-purpose programming language (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP)

The beauty of PHP is that because it is server side script all that a client sees is what ever is pumped out of the PHP echo commands as pure HTML.

Here is the standard hello world code using php.

PHP code starts with <?php that tells the server to intercept this code.

echo are used to send HTML data to client side services like web browsers.

The ?> is the signal to say this is the end of the PHP code.

<?php
echo "Hello world!";
?>

Look at this pdf with some sample PHP code.

Before you start playing with PHP you need access to a web server and a decent editor.

I suggest setting up a WAMP server on a PC/LAPTOP (http://www.wampserver.com/en/)
and for editing I use notepad ++ ( https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v7.html)





Sunday, 25 September 2016

U36 theory session

Internet Server Management

As more organisations adopt internet-aware software there is an increasing need to understand the implications of internet technologies. In addition many organisations are now creating their own internet and intranet sites and therefore the successful management of sites and servers is becoming fundamental to network managers. The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to internet server management within the context of a network operating system.

Internet technologies play an important role in all modern businesses operations. They are used extensively to strengthen the competitive edge of organisations and businesses and their position in the current marketplace climate. They allow businesses not just to market their products and services, but also to undertake business transactions with their partners and customers.

Internet servers are the backbone on which these internet technologies are implemented; these servers are at the heart of modern business operations. In this unit learners will discuss and analyse modern internet technologies used to establish internet services such as web, FTP, mail, proxy, certificate servers, directory servers, and many others. Learners will install, maintain and secure internet servers using tools and techniques available.

What are internet service technologies ?

What are internet communication protocols?

What are networking technologies and concepts?


In this unit we look at and discuss these technologies and concepts.

Assignment One   Upload point
Assignment Two   Upload point

Monday, 19 September 2016

HND Games Design

Unit 37: Digital Image Creation and Development
Unit 38: 3D Computer Modelling and Animation
Unit 39: Computer Games Design and Development


Unit 37 : In this unit learners will work with digital image systems and equipment to produce digital images to a specified brief. They will learn key aspects of digital practice such as file naming conventions, storage, compression and output. They will also work with a range of input devices and software tools.

Unit 38 :The unit supports learners to visualise and design three-dimensional space and object forms that exist within it. An appreciation of the requirements and applications of computer modeling and animation in commercial contexts may be used to inform learners' development of personal animation work. Learners may also consider the technical requirements for producing and distributing digital animation effectively. Learners should gain a working knowledge of 3D computer modeling and animation software, through applying techniques in their own animation work. Research elements of the unit allow learners to review the work of 3D computer artists.

Unit 39 : It is often easy to forget that behind the polished high-definition graphics and increasingly cinematic content of modern computer games is a highly skilled team of designers and programmers.  With  more sophisticated environments and new ways of interacting with computers, computer game  developers now have the choice to extend into many software development realms.

Theory of games design

Load up and have a look at 3 3D computer modelling software packages.

Maya, 3D studio max and Blender.

When you are looking at them compare all 3 for usability and functionality. Do some research into what the requirements are for each application.

Then compare 3 computer games.

Do an unbiased report on all 3 games, try to pick games on different platforms and also have at least one of the games that span multiple platforms.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

HND Project

HND Project


The project is an all year task that all HND students undertake.

The project can be a 3D game (that students work together to make) or it can be a CMS web based system (including the various systems, hardware and software used) or a Network Solution (security system, network for a customer)

One important task is that a project can be done solo or in groups, however individual work is marked, not the group effort!

Here is my PowerPoint of all the elements needed to do the project this year

HND Project

Project Assignmento now its up to you, come up with a project idea and reply to this post with it.

Examples from last year :-

My project is PHP and MySQL browser based fantasy game. The graphical elements and code are being developed on a Raspberry Pi 2 running RISC OS and tested on a Raspberry Pi b running Apache and MySQL on Raspbian Jessie.

My Unit 4 project is going to a 3D game made in Unity 3D, the game is called Wilderness and will be a survival game made from scratch.

For Unit 4 (Project) I will be creating a CMS Website for a Client, this will allow my client to control and manage the content shown on the website. The site will consists of 4 Pages and a PHP contact form.

HND Project

HND Project


The project is an all year task that all HND students undertake.

The project can be a 3D game (that students work together to make) or it can be a CMS web based system (including the various systems, hardware and software used) or a Network Solution (security system, network for a customer)

One important task is that a project can be done solo or in groups, however individual work is marked, not the group effort!

Here is my PowerPoint of all the elements needed to do the project this year

HND Project

Now have a think about what you want to do for a project?




Reply to this post with your ideas...

Projects previous students have done :-

My project is PHP and MySQL browser based fantasy game. The graphical elements and code are being developed on a Raspberry Pi 2 running RISC OS and tested on a Raspberry Pi b running Apache and MySQL on Raspbian Jessie.

My Unit 4 project is going to a 3D game made in Unity 3D, the game is called Wilderness and will be a survival game made from scratch.

For Unit 4 (Project) I will be creating a CMS Website for a Client, this will allow my client to control and manage the content shown on the website. The site will consists of 4 Pages and a PHP contact form.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Website Design : Assignment Three – the final site

Task 3)

Create a handover document passing your website over to a potential client.

You have critically reviewed your website comparing it to other websites that offer similar services. Take into account both positive and negative factors in the website. Be realistic about your own abilities compared to professional web design companies.

Now it’s time to reflect on the process and look at other HCI developments.

Create a report (in any form you want) that looks at recent HCI developments and how they are used. So look at mobile webs and how they differ from their large screened PC cousins. What are the significant differences and how and why have they come about?

How would you develop a website that could work on mobile and full screen or are they separate, discuss this concept and give example?

This covers Unit 10: Human Computer Interaction



The document to cover the following :

Understand recent human computer interaction related developments and their
application

HCI: historical development; motivation; techniques; guidelines; principles; standards.
Developments in technology: changing workstation environments eg screens, keyboards,
pointing devices; other non standard input/output devices eg speech recognition; related
processing developments and information storage possibilities
Developments in HCI: examples eg virtual machines with command line input, graphical
interfaces, screen design for intensive data entry; intelligent HCIs; virtual personas; changing
concepts of ‘look and feel’
User issues: range of users eg expert, regular, occasional, novice, special needs; ergonomics; human information processing; impact on the workplace

Development of systems: new developments eg event-driven systems, use of multimedia;
modelling techniques; implication of new developments on user interfaces; implication of
developments on hardware eg storage, processing requirements; convergence of systems
Applications: selection of HCIs eg touchscreen, voice activated

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Task 5

Task 5(Hand in Date : 12/5/16)

Discuss how within this setup you can do upgrades and perform backups.


Unit 2:


LO4

Be able to undertake routine maintenance on computer systems


4.1 perform routine maintenance tasks on a computer system.

4.2 upgrade the software and hardware on a computer system.

Task 4

Task 4 (Hand in Date : 12/5/16)

Discuss any future improvements that could be made to the network that you have implemented (see task 3) and any changes that could be made.  You need to consider scalability, hardware, and bandwidth.

Design a maintenance schedule to support the network.

  • Infrastructure performance: network monitoring tools, user access, traffic analysis, bandwidth monitoring, checking configuration, checking rules, show commands, traceroute
  • Resolve issues: use troubleshooting methodology; make change to resolve issue; prove resolution

Unit 26
LO4

Be able to support small or home office networks
4.1  discuss future improvements for the small or home office network

4.2 design a maintenance schedule to support a small or home office network.

Unit 3 
LO4

Be able to develop strategies for problem solving
4.1  review tools and methods for developing solutions to problems

4.2  develop an appropriate strategy for resolving a particular problem

4.3 evaluate the potential impact on the business of implementing the strategy.




Assignment 1: Research skills.

Assignment 1: Research skills.


Task 1)

You have researched many areas as part of the HNC. Discuss how you did this and give examples using Harvard referencing system.

Now discuss / document your research looking at the following factors :

Research types and methodologies: types e.g. experimental research, survey research,
evaluative research, observational research, developmental research; applied versus fundamental research

Data collection: methods e.g. primary and secondary data collection, observatory, experimental

Research pitfalls: problems e.g. dependency and access to information sources, time, money, expertise, introduction of bias, the Hawthorne Effect, the Halo Effect

Types of data: qualitative e.g. ‘information rich and data poor’; quantitative eg statistical
analysis techniques, ratios

(For M1 an effective approach to research has been applied.
For D1 conclusions have been justified through a synthesis of ideas)

Task 2) 

Now look at the sources you used for research, discuss the format and then look at how relevant they are and how old they are, use the following at criteria for your research.

Sources of information: types e.g. visual, audio, paper-based, electronic; benefits and
drawbacks of types; categories e.g. primary and secondary sources, restrictions and
limitations

Accuracy of information: validity e.g. triangulation of resources to ensure validity; currency

Literature review framework: styles e.g. Harvard referencing; adopting a formal format

(M2 : a logical approach show when answering this question and justified
D2 : independent conclusions to information gained from research show.)
Task 3)

 Now give me a gdrive link to assingment and reply to this post with a link to it pls, also include your name in post.

Monday, 18 April 2016

handedin

HND Assignments
Who has not handed in assignments for me...

Unit 4
Joe Langley
Johnathan Scott
Alex Bint
Liam Halford
William Warner
Marcus Immins
James Perkins
Josh Chamberlain
Mike Carter
Callum Harrison
Johnathan Scott

Unit 35 / 36
Assignment One
Joe Langley
Johnathan Scott
Alex Bint

Assignment Two
Joe Langley
Johnathan Scott
Alex Bint
Liam Halford
William Warner
Marcus Immins
James Perkins
Josh Chamberlain
Mike Carter
Callum Harrison
Johnathan Scott

Unit 37/38/39
Assignment One
Joe Langley

Assignment Two (paper)
Joe Langley
Mike Carter
Callum Harrison

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Task 3

Task 3 (Hand in Date : 25/4/16 )

With this diagram from task 2..

Expand it (use Visio if possible).

Create a A4 sized layout now, with equipment laid out and also for each device proposed IP addresses of devices (now remember this is a theoretical exercise), put tables and chairs and printers and also show where ‘potential IOT’ (internet of things) kit could be laid out as well, remember the initial brief.

How long would this take to setup?
How can you test it?
(In theory this is remember)

Also mention
Internet access.
Security considerations and addressing,
Firewall settings.


(3 to 4 pages MAX)

Task 2 Unit 2/3/26

Task 2 (11/4/16)

Design a SOHO solution for your office

What would you need (from an empty room, no kit or furniture)? List the equipment needed.
What's the cheapest solution you could have? (justify)
Give another solution that would look more professional, has better kit and is still under 15k (aim
for 10k).

(Hint : Create a spreadsheet 1 page to 2 page)

Give both a home and mobile solution (both within 10 to 15k for 2nd option).
You need to produce a design plan (using a network diagram in Visio or Word or simple sketch).

(1/2 Page to one page)

(Unit 26 LO2:2.1 Unit 2: LO2:2.1)

Show this to the customer and gather feedback from them about this plan. Produce a report from the feedback given and analyse the changes to the design you need. Evaluate the updated system looking at feedback from your client. Where necessary carry out further research about the changes to the design.

(document feedback and make recomendations : 1/2 to 1 page)

(Unit 26 LO2:2.2 Unit 2:LO2 2.2)

Include the following (Not all needed!)

  • Devices: number of connected devices; anticipated participation 
  • Bandwidth: average load; peak load; local Internet availability; cost constraint
  • Users: quality expectations; concept of system growth
  • Applications: requirements eg security, quality of service
  • Communications: considerations eg suited to devices, suited to users, lifestyle preferences
  • Scalable: considerations eg supporting device growth, supporting additional devices, bandwidth use 
  • Security: considerations eg addressing policy, device participation, firewall rules, 
(This documentation should be 3 to 4 pages MAX)

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Website Design the assignments

Website Design the assignments

Assignment One : The Draft stage

Assignment Two : The site

Assignment Three : Fine tuning and customer handover

Website design Assignment 2 : the site

Website Design : Assignment Two – the site

Task 2)
From your proposed layout that has been modified according to the needs of the customer create the 5 page website. Document website (do screenshots) and discuss design and justify it (M2) and also document how unforeseen circumstances have been accommodated (D2).

(Unit 14 LO2 : 2.1 / Unit 10 LO3 3.1)
(Unit 14 M2 & Unit 10 M2 – design of method justified looking at visual aspects and coding /
Unit 14 D2 & Unit 10 M2 - unforeseen circumstances have been accommodated for different browsers and devices)

Document how the website was created; use screenshot explaining your steps.
(Unit 10 LO3 3.2 + 3.7)

Test the website for functionality and document problems encountered and how you overcame them, the get some other user to evaluate your website and document there feedback
(Unit 14 LO2 : 2.2 / Unit 10 LO3 : 3.5 )

Test the website and see if you can break it! Document the results
(Unit 10 LO3 3.4)

Then critically review your website comparing it to other websites that offer similar services. Take into account both positive and negative factors in the website. Be realistic about your own abilities compared to professional web design companies.
(Unit 10 LO3 3.3)



Merit is given for clear structure and ease of readability

Assignment 2 


task1

Task 1(Hand in Date : 21/3/16)

Before designing and implementing a Small Home or Office Network (SOHO) you need to understand the impact of them.

Research and evaluate the usage and impact of current small or home office networks.  There are a range of devices that connect to a network evaluate the impact on the following.
(Unit 26 : LO1)

  • Routing hardware: hardware eg access routers, distribution routers, core switches, layer 3 switches

  • Routing protocols: protocol eg interior routing protocols, exterior routing, static routing

  • Protocol management: management eg redistribution between protocols, route maps, route filters

  • Device management: management eg password control, access levels, configuration storage, remote access

  • Network management: types eg address allocation, interface configuration, load balancing, mirroring, costing routes, changing metrics, hop-count

  • Security: requirements eg MD5 hash (Message Digest), update control, access control lists, directed updates, tunnelling

You are required to produce a presentation of this SOHO Solution.


As part of your presentation you are to explain the different hardware, software and peripheral components of a computer system and compare the two types of computer systems.(Mobile and Fixed)  You may use any suitable presentation software to deliver the presentation and include speaker notes and hand-outs for the managers to aid their understanding.

(Unit 2 LO1.1, LO1.2, LO1.3)

Monday, 29 February 2016

Unit 2 3 and 26 assignments

Unit 2,3 and Unit 26 assignments

In Computer systems we look at how a computer system works both hardware and software components.

In design a small office or home office unit we look at how we implement these computer systems.

In employability and professionalism we look at working in a team and team dynamics.

So an assignment has been created to cover these criteria for all these units

This week we are looking at a SoHo Scenerio, and we extend this into an assignment.

My presentation this week explaining most of the networking concepts

This is going to be a joint Unit 2,3 and 26 assignment.

(upload points become active when needed, all details of work on this upload point, these areas will be removed once deadline is reached).

Task 1 upload point
Task 2 / 3 upload point
Task 4 / 5 upload point

SOHO : Assignment

 Following from last week we now have the SOHO assignment

This is a one month task to complete

Soho : Assignment One

Please upload your work as a reply to this post.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

SOHO:Scenario One





Now Write all this up as a blog / google doc. 
Do this individually pls, any prices need external references (no guesses pls).
Reply to this blog.





Thursday, 11 February 2016

Website Design : Assignment One – the draft

Website Design : Assignment One – the draft
Structure of this assignment :-

Cover Page : 

Contents Page: 

Background : Why did you choose this website? Give reason and rational behind this decision.

Client Brief : What does the client want? Describe what in rough terms is the contents of each page.

Initial Draft : Give initial sketches and initial ideas of website before you spoke to the customer.

Client feedback : You had a meeting / many meetings with the client.
What was said?
Show correspondence with client.
What was agreed (and why)?
Was their a difference in opinion ?
Did you suggest something the client didn’t want
Did the client suggest something you disagreed with?
What was said at the meeting? How long was the meeting? What was the date?

Second draft : Changes made to draft as an outcome of meeting
What were the changes that was agreed with.
Show these draft pages (all 5 if 5 is agreed number of pages)
What's the colour Scheme? 
What other HCI aspects are catered for?
Has the client seen this secondary draft? What do they think?

Concluding points
Whats next ?
How long do you think it will take?
Who is doing what and why?
Who is the target audience?

Merit is given for clear structure and ease of readability

Assignment One

Client Brief You work as an apprentice games designer for Epic games you have been introduced to the Unreal Development Kit (UDK). You...