Networking Class

The Networking class had one of the best projects so far. The premise for the project portion of class was to “be an independent networking consultant and pitch a commercial job for a company”.

I took advantage of this opportunity to redesign the network for a Yacht Club I am a member of. We did not identify my club affiliation but instead called it the NEIT Yacht club. Perhaps a future Alumni Center for NEIT ?

Here is a sample work product we created for a case study in class.

Below is the cover page of our final project.

User Interface Design and Architecture class

The project portion of the class was to break into groups and generate a project that we would go through all the phases of web site prototyping. The steps we went through in class are as follows:

  1. Sketch ideation of what the site would do and feature it would have.
  2. Low fidelity paper prototype of how the screens would look and controls placed on them.
  3. High fidelity prototype in tool ( Balsamic ) to run through detail interface design and functionality.
  4. Design review of the high fidelity prototype to optimize the navigation, features and look and feel of site.
  5. Iterations of the site to reduce the violations of Nielsens Heuristic principles.
  6. Build the functioning site.

Here are some work products that were submitted during the process.

Stock Flow Diagram.

Our project is a company called UTrain which allows content creators to post their training content for free to monetize ( under the UTrain brand ) or under their own brand name in exchange for hosting fees. A service that is similar to the WordPress Product but tied to a hosting agreement and focused on teaching/online learning.

Here is the Case Diagram for the site.

When we did our Paper Prototypes, each member of the team did a particular platform that the application needed to be available on. I selected to do mine on the Smart TV platform. Here is a screenshot of the home page on the Smart TV.

Once the low fidelity paper prototypes were done, we transitioned to the Balsamic tool. This tool was one of the most interesting tools we used in class.

The following was taken from our midterm submission which was the high fidelity prototype of the UTrain Site.

After submitting the high fidelity assignment, we evaluated each other’s work and used Nielsen’s design principles to critique the principles that were overlooked. Here is an assessment graphic I devised for the last group homework assignment which visualized the results of all the critiques.

Data Warehousing class

Another class that I’ve taken for my MSIT degree was Data Warehousing. 

 

For this class, we learned a number of products that are utilized in the Data warehousing and Big Data. For the project portion of this class, we had to take raw data and cleanse it, then normalize it and then run a number of analytics queries against the data. Here is a data model that we used in the project.

One of our final assesments in the class was to after removing all the noise from a data set, develop a hypothesis for correlation between communication with patients and their satisfaction level with the treatment at the hospital. Here is a graph of our findings.

And here is out final conclusion based on the data.

Based on this analysis we recommended that all hospitals establish patient communication guidelines for doctors and nurses. As part of socializing these guidelines, hospitals should make caregivers aware of the correlation between communication and patient satisfaction, as well as any correlations between patient satisfaction and patient recovery rates. In addition to the guidelines, doctors and nurses at hospitals with subpar patient satisfaction be required to complete training in patient communication strategies. Patient satisfaction ratings at these hospitals should be reevaluated at the 3, 6 and 9-month intervals after training is completed. After a hospital has achieved the target patient satisfaction level and associated patient recovery rates, annual evaluation should be sufficient.