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Unit 3 Assignment: Designing a Dashboard

Outcomes addressed in this activity:

Unit Outcomes:

  • Describe interaction design models.
  • Compare different discovery methods used in the initial phases of an interaction design project.
  • Create requirements documentation for a simple interface design project.

Course Outcome:

IT302-2: Evaluate human-computer interaction principles and the discovery process.


This assignment involves creativity and the completion of a project management-style template. You will gather requirements for a hypothetical one-screen interface (dashboard) project.

Assignment Instructions

This assignment takes you through the steps to create a requirements document for a hypothetical one-screen interface (dashboard) project. First, ensure you understand the course definition of a monitoring dashboard by thoroughly reading the content in the textbook. Then choose one of the following topics for this assignment.

Topic choices:

  • Business health dashboard: Displays sales history and trends, revenue, and costs; could also include geographic data or specific products.
  • Human resources dashboard: Displays aggregate data relating to employee turnover, absences, vacations taken, and payroll structure; could be labeled by the department.
  • Call center dashboard: Displays average call duration, calls handled per person or team, and sales targets; could also include number of calls waiting in the queue.

Completion of the Template

Use the template. Retain the single-spacing; it is not intended to be an APA-formatted assignment. Provide a name for the dashboard project in the given location at the top of the template.

Part 1: Project Definition

Write two paragraphs (using full sentences) to give an overview of the project. The minimum length requirement for this part is 75 words.

In the first paragraph:

  • State the general purpose of the dashboard, including what kind of information would be shown (example: A weather dashboard shows temperature, rain/snow, and).

In the second paragraph:

  • Explain who would be primary users and stakeholders and why.

Part 2: Persona

Research the users of your dashboard and develop a persona that reflects a typical user for your dashboard. The persona should include:

  • a picture
  • quote or title at the top that is representative of the user
  • demographics of your user
  • users goals and frustrations
  • one or two sentences describing the user and their need for the dashboard

Part 3: Requirements Collection

This section is comprised of a list of seven open-ended questions you would ask potential users in a focus group to better understand: how they would like to see information presented, what kind of information might be most useful, what kind of options they might like, under what circumstances the data would be most helpful, etc.

  • Questions should focus on the data and what should be displayed on the dashboard.
  • Be specific. (Example of a bad question: “What data would you like to see on the screen?”)
  • Write in full sentences, but keep a bulleted or numbered list format.

Part 4: Requirements Document

This section can also be a bulleted and/or numbered list, or it may be written in paragraph form. The minimum length requirement for this part of the template is 300 words. Include the following:

  • Functional requirements
  • Information requirements
  • Hardware and software requirements
  • Inputs and outputs
  • Constraints and mitigations

Part 5: Conclusion (Reflection)

Provide a paragraph of at least 50 words that sums up the value of the project. You may include an explanation of additional methods of requirements collection, comparisons to similar projects, or other information that could potentially help you sell your dashboard idea to the client.

Assignment Requirements

  • Submit your work in the Word template. Assignments submitted without the use of the template will not be accepted.
  • Your assignment should show an understanding of the textbook reading.
  • This assignment is not based on research; do not use source material.