Information Architecture – Competencies

Course Description:

An examination of content structures, navigation paths, and asset organization.


Course Focus: This course introduces key concepts in information design – design in the abstract, used to break blocks of information into categories that can be understood by the user. Organization, nativation, information taxonomies, folksonomies, and other aspect of information design will be applied to the construction of a complex interactive website.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Describe the relationship between different stages and components of information architecture

    • Identify terms used by information architects in the industry
    • Define information architecture documentation

Define client, project, and user requirements

    • Identify behaviors and needs of a target user population
    • Apply research methods
    • Conduct competitive analysis
    • Create user personas

Develop the components for effective information architecture

    • Design flow charts
    • Produce site maps and navigation structures
    • Create information ontologies and labeling systems
    • Develop Wireframes

Solve content organization problems

    • Assess information architecture requirements for a design project
    • Produce information architecture documentation


Course Focus Competencies:

  • Explore “folk” information design as seen in dynamic social networks
  • Study the relational between navigational information layout and visual layout
  • Explore “web ecosystems”
  • Understand the relation of information design for usability, accessibility, sustainability


Course Prerequisite(s): GWDA101 Applications and Industry