Poster and Pitch Reflections (Week 5)

This week in my workshop session we were taught about filezilla. This software is an important part of our assessment for this semester, as it is where we will be hosting all the files for our website. All of our group members are able to add files to the linux server using this software.

In the contact class, we will be giving a short 3 minute presentation on our concept, to our peers. For the presentation we will explain what the concept is all about, giving them a brief idea of it. We prepared two different mockup posters for this presentation, but we decided to go with the latter. The poster I made was quite easy to make since I am experienced enough in photoshop to be able to create them quickly and efficiently. Here are the two posters our group created.

Week 4

This weeks contact session required us to bring in 5 different ideas as a group to discuss in regard to our group project. We spent the class brainstorming about these ideas and picking things from each that we liked and adding them into one good idea. We finally decided that we would be making a quiz application which focused on Australian history.

Later in the week I established this concept for the quiz app:
This general knowledge quiz would be designed specifically for trivia enthusiasts. Particularly those from ages 15-30 years old. And of course, each question will focus on Australian history. Players will be required to answer as any questions as possible within a given time. When a question is answered correctly, time is added to the clock. Difficulty level is enforced by different starting time limits. When the time reaches 0 seconds, the amount of questions answered correctly will be counted and your score will be added to a leaderboard where you will e prompted to enter your name.

I also began working on a logo for our group in the workshop session this week, since I am well ahead in regard to photoshop skill than wha tis being taught at the moment. I thought I would spend my time doing something much more productive.

Team Work Module (Week 3)

This week we formed groups in our contact. At first I wanted to do a specific topic that one group was doing, but there was a limit on how many group members were allowed in each group. I had to go with another group, who were doing a quiz and i wasn't too fond of that. I later got used to the idea and was happy with my team as they were all nice blokes who got along well. Though I was also still a bit sceptical of their programming ability and knowledge, as they were only completing subjects like INFS1200 and CSSE1001 now, and i had done that last semester as an introduction to the harder courses such as DECO1800.

In the workshop I had to complete an online teamwork module, which I thought would be somewhat, but I have already covered most of the stuff in some of my other subjects which involved teamwork. I don't think I took in any new information from this and it was a bit of a waste of my time. I talked to my team mates about their experience with the teamwork module and they found it useful to them, so I suppose it was worth it in the long run because now we will all be thinking the same when it comes to team work.

Week 2

Today I had both my first DECO1800 contact class and workshop. Starting the day firstly with the workshop, it gave me the opportunity to recall skills I had learnt last semester in DECO1400 and meet a few of my class mates. We were briefed on what our assignment would be and shown the Trove API, which I found to be quite useful and interesting. This is a photo of some of the pages I was working on during the class.

Fast forward to the afternoon, this is when I had my contact lesson. We started off by doing some 'ice-breaking' activities, which involved the students moving to a specific side of the room to answer a question posed by the tutors. It helped us all to get to know a little bit about people in the room. After that we each sat at a table, and after introducing ourselves we began brainstorming ideas for the project. Here is an image of our notes involving the project and Trove. 

Course Expectations (Week 1)

Throughout the duration of this course i expect to be working together in teams with other students of different backgrounds, each with their own individual skills and knowledge. Together we will be learning more of these skills to create solutions for the problems which we will no doubt come across.

I wish to be able to learn a lot more about various aspects of web design, particularly javascript and api's, and how these can be used to create a positive experience for users of the website.

I hope that I will end up with a team that has similar interests as myself, and that we all get along well. This will help to better the time it takes in completing work and also the end product. Team work is the crucial key to success in these types of subjects.

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