Digital Experience Design II / Spring 2017

Assignment Overview

Research Justification Document

Due: Friday 27 January 2016, Beginning of Class
Submit via Canvas
HER-V 413 | Spring 2017
Instructor: Aaron Ganci


Your Research Justification will outline your research context. By collecting relevant information about your project and all of your research findings together, you will be able to convince a reader that you are investigating a relevant topic. Your document must include the following pieces of information:

  • Secondary research review.
  • Primary research analysis (optional).
  • Analysis on why current solutions are not successful
  • Personas.
  • Research question.
  • Hypothesis


PDF, delivered electronically. 1500 Words.

Grading criteria

Sample Rubric

This project is worth 10% of your overall course grade. It will be evaluated on:

  • Inclusion of the required parts noted above.
  • Thoroughness of research.
  • Quality of persuasive argument.
  • Ability of personas to assist design process.
  • Visual communication design of document.


Category % of total
Contextual Research Document 10%
Landscape Analysis and Design Criteria Document 10%
Process overview document 10%
Senior Thesis Presentation 10%
Senior Thesis Document 60%

*Categories and percentage breakdown subject to change.

Late work

Every assignment in this course will be due at the beginning of the class of its defined due date. Work that is not handed in via the method requested by the instructor (OnCourse, email, etc) by the predetermined time will be considered late. The consequences of late submission fall on sliding scale, increasing in severity over time. If late work is handed in within the following parameters, the grade will be reduced in the following ways:

Due date/time – same day, end of class -10%
Same day, end of class – same day, end of day (11:59pm) -15%
Next day (midnight – 11:59pm) -20%
Any subsequent day -50%
Grading scale
A+ 100-98
A 97-93
A- 92-90
B+ 89-87
B 86-83
B- 82-80
C+ 79-77
C 76-73
C- 72-70
D+ 69-67
D 66-63
D- 62-60
F 59-0