CSA 501

I’m here because I want to change fields. I’ve previously worked in optics for a good few years and decided I wanted a challenge. IT is a field i’m not too familiar with, yet I know there is so much opportunity within the IT industry and wish to peruse a career in Project Management and finish with my Degree specializing in Information Systems.

I am currently in the second half of my first year. It’s been a tough first half, as I’ve had a lot of personal things going on, but I got through and here I am finishing off the second half and I intend on making it out even stronger than I did the first half.

I find this a true challenge, as I honestly don’t know much about IT, although i’m truly eager to learn and have an attitude  that can carry me through!! I have learnt so much already with the first half and am eager to soak up as much knowledge as I can throughout!! I’m very excited too!! I have many goals I want to achieve and I believe that a career in IT can open up all those doors and create the best future for myself and my kids. hard work and dedication…I’m ready for it!!

I know absolutely NOTHING about hardware of a computer, but i’m willing to learn and there is no doubt in my mind that I can do it! I did NET 501 with Craig, so I’ve done a bit of the security side, as well as hacking etc. I loved NET and I think the theory side of it all will be more up my alley, but with saying that, having an understanding of the hardware will link in with understanding the theory and I can imagine, make things easier to understand as a whole.

I intend on leaving here feeling content, degree in hand and ready to slay the IT industry!!! (Proving GIRLS CAN DO IT TOO!!!!-Wooooohooooo!!!!)

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Heidi Rencken

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Assignment 3/ Blog 7

Wednesday 14 June 17

19141949_10210958218049749_2046179641_n.jpg….things are starting to get pretty SERIOUS 🙂

Rosie and I have been pottering around in our jammies, getting our final bits ready for our group pitch tomorrow-Eeeeeeek!!!!! How did Thursday come SO soon??? Along with the end of the semester!! Boy has time shot past us!!!

Our presentation is looking great 🙂 We are most pleased with the outcome. Hard work, dedication, organisation, enthusiasm, encouragement from one another, CHOCOLATE, COFFEE…and MOTIVATION 🙂 I feel achieved and happy with our Assignment three as a whole.

Here are a few sneak peaks:


The above image is a snap of our final Home Page 🙂


The above image is a snap of our final Login Page 🙂


Above is an image of my first page covering the User Experience Design aspects :-)…I’m nervous, yet rather excited! I feel we really have done a great job!! Success….what a GREAT feeling indeed!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Signing out for my last and final blog post for DES 501 !!! 🙂 I like to think I’ve taken a fair share away, having done this paper. (That’s if I’m not having to repeat it *facepalm*) 🙂 Thank you to both Belma and Liz :-)….signing out…

…see you tomorrow for our final pitch 🙂


Assignment 3/ Blog 6

Tuesday 13 June 17

I checked in with the group this morning and everyone seems to have their parts covered for our assignment. (Apposed from one of us.-Riley!) I think we’ve all tried to message him every now and again to see where he’s at.

We are all flat out at the moment, assignment after assignment. Phew! However, I believe our team is ready for our Pitch on Thursday! 🙂 Slowly getting our ducks in a row… 🙂

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I’m prepping my part for our presentation, which is covering UX Design aspects! We have created a Google doc for our final presentation.

A few brief notes on UX Design:


I’m going to refer back to this diagram which I have previously posted. I’d like to cover the meaning behind each of these words that are important when considering the User experience.

Useful: For our website to thrive, we need to make sure that it is useful! If the website serves no purpose, then there would be no point in using it, especially when competing against other websites that offer purposeful services.

Usable: Can the user efficiently and effectively achieve their end objective by using the website? We need to make sure that our website is practical for our User and that it acquires everything that the User would possibly need for them to reach their needs. Poor usability can result in the website being unsuccessful. We need to make sure it is up to date, eye catching and User friendly.

Findable: This refers to the idea that the website must be easy to find , the content within them must be easy to find too. If the User cannot find the website they are searching for, they’re not going to use it. The website needs to have a good structure and be organised in a way that the User finds it easy enough to find what they are searching for without getting frustrated if things aren’t set in an organised manner.

Credable: Randall Terry said; “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Today’s users aren’t going to give you a second chance to fool them – there are plenty of options in nearly every field for them to choose a credible website. How very true indeed!! We MUST make sure that our website is top notch. Paying attention to what those Users are most wanting and keeping up to date with the User and make sure that we CONVINCE them that our website is what they are looking for! And for them to BELIEVE it!! 🙂 The User needs to trust our Website. We need to convince the User that our website will be trustworthy and deliver on a long- term basis. We keep our Users happy, we keep their business and they won’t take their business elsewhere.

Desirable: Desirability is conveyed in design through branding, image, identity, aesthetics and emotional design. The more desirable the website is , the more likely it is that the user who is using it will brag about it and create desire in other users.

Accessible: When we talk about User Accessibility, we need to make sure that the website is easy for all walks of life to access and make use of. Taking things in to mind such as, hearing impaired, impaired vision, motion impaired and learning impaired. These are crucial things that could effect the success of the use of our website, as far as User Experience goes.

Valuable: The website must deliver value. Value to the User is vital, if it’s not worth it to them, they won’t use it. Without value it is likely that any initial success of a website will eventually be undermined.









Assignment 3/ Blog 5

Thursday 8 June 17

Our group got together this morning for our group meeting. The point of this meeting was to gather everything that we have done individually and collaborate 🙂

Everyone seems to be on track with what they have been assigned to, apposed from Riley. Unfortunately, once again, he has let the team down. I would like to be honest and say that we as a group have tried to get him to the meetings. We have checked up on his progress with work that had been assigned to him, yet there seems to be no improvement. Therefore, I am standing up for our group, in saying that this was not a result of ‘poor leadership skills’ within our group, but a pure result of possibly not caring. I don’t know Riley personally, so in saying this, he may have personal issues of his own going on, but then again, we all do. End of. I have opted to do Riley’s part again, I’m happy to do so for the sake of getting the work done and pulling through for my team.


We have managed to book in our group slot for our presentation next Thursday!!!EEEEEk…..the heat IS ON!!!!!!! 🙂 Nerves are high, but I believe we are ready!!!!

We have done more progress on our slideshow for our presentation. It’s looking good 🙂 We all had a discussion about the different aspects we are covering individually and everyone seems rather content with what they have produced and appear to have a good understanding of what each topic has to cover.

Next week…….

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Assignment 3/ Blog 4

Wednesday 7 June 17


Our group are going to meet up tomorrow morning 10am for a good ‘LET’S GET THIS ASSIGNMENT DONE’ session 🙂

One of the topics I had to cover was The UX Experience.

For starters, what exactly is the UX Experience??

The UX, User Experience is all about understanding the users needs, wants and expectations first. In order to meet those standards, we have to truly look into what creates a great User Experience. A few words that have been given to us to help identify these needs are:

  • Accessibility,
  • Efficiency,
  • Utility,
  • Perceived Value,
  • Performance,
  • Usability

What do all these words mean???…mmm…..well let’s see if I can try explain them….:-)…

  • Accessibility

The User needs to be made to feel that the site is easily accessible. Both in terms of making the website easy to use, as well as easy to locate what they are wanting to find, according to what their needs are.

  • Efficiency

Productivity, effectiveness,resources…these words come to mind when I think about the Efficiency of a website in regards to the User Experience. The website needs to be efficient. It needs to have enough resources and information to satisfy the Users requests.

  • Utility

The website needs to be beneficial for the User in order to Utilize all corners of the website to the best of their use, so that they can obtain as much insight as  they see fit.

  • Perceived Value

The Users perception of the overall website is crucial as far as the success of the website goes. In my opinion. The User may not completely be aware of the benefits of your website, it’s our job to ensure confidence within the User, for them to have the perception that our website is in fact the best in reaching their needs. The idea our website gives out, that we will ensure all User needs are met…that’s what we are wanting to achieve.

  • Performance

Have we met the standards to satisfy our Users experience when visiting our website? Have we covered all needs? Have we elaborated well enough for even the most  basic ‘User’  to understand? Our performance in the way we have laid out our website, the User friendly ideas we have implemented within our presentation layout, that all reflects our performance to reach the User Experience.

  •  Usability

How easy is our website to use? Would The User find it easy enough to navigate? Is our website efficient according to what our end Users are looking for? Are things simplistic enough? Familiarity, sometimes keeping things simple, can make the User experience more enjoyable as they are more comfortable to sticking with things they already know. Consistency, keeping Users minds at ease, making the website consistent will invest more confidence I believe, to the average user experience. Allow users to give feedback about the website, that way, we can make sure we are always on op of any issues or ideas the Users have, which is very important to us. If the User isn’t happy, our website won’t last!!

That’s all for this Blog…I just wanted to brief on The User Experience a bit. I read up a few things online and wanted to make sure I could spew the information out in my own words, in a more condensed manner 🙂

Assignment 3/ Blog 3

Tuesday 6 June 17

Today we had a group discussion via our Facebook group chat. Aaron had managed to do a brief design of our Homepage, which he had sent to us for us to all have a look at and change/rearrange what we wanted.


This is a draft of what we have towards our final idea. We are getting together before class on Thursday morning to discuss the final thoughts for our ideas and then we plan on completing this assignment for our hand in next week 🙂

Our group has managed well via our group chat. We have managed to maintain good communication throughout this assignment three and as mentioned in my previous blog, this makes me feel rather content and confident that we will achieve the results we are all hoping for!!

I did a bit more research for my own understanding with regards to this assignment…

I found an image that particularly grabbed my attention-


How important is this!!!! I found this a great way to look at the Hierarchy of needs when understanding the needs of our users 🙂 I plan to share this with the team on Thursday!

Assignment 3/Blog 2

Monday 5 June 17

Today I had a good read through our assignment three brief. I’ve sent a message to our team via group chat and hope to find a time that suits us all to get together again this week and smash out some more work, and throw around our final plans 🙂


I went online and found out what the true difference between UX Design and UI Design is…

What is UX Design?

  • User experience design is a human-first way of designing products.
  • User experience design (UXD ) is the process of enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the customer and the product.

UX Designer’s responsibilities-

Strategy and Content:

  • Competitor Analysis
  • Customer Analysis
  • Product Structure/Strategy
  • Content Development

Wireframing and Prototyping:

  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Testing/Iteration
  • Development Planning

Execution and Analytics

  • Coordination with UI Designer(s)
  • Coordination with Developer(s)
  • Tracking Goals and Integration
  • Analysis and Iteration

In conclusion:

  • User Experience Design is the process of development and improvement of quality interaction between a user and all facets of a company.
  • User Experience Design is responsible for being hands on with the process of research, testing, development, content, and prototyping to test for quality results.
  • User Experience Design is in theory a non-digital (cognitive science) practice, but used and defined predominantly by digital industries.

What is UI Design?

User interface design user interface engineering is the design of user interfaces for machines and software, such as computers, home appliances, mobile devices, and other electronic devices, with the focus on maximizing usability and the user experience.

UI designer’s responsibilities-

Look and Feel:

  • Customer Analysis
  • Design Research
  • Branding and Graphic Development
  • User Guides/Storyline

Responsiveness and Interactivity:

  • UI Prototyping
  • Interactivity and Animation
  • Adaptation to All Device Screen Sizes
  • Implementation with Developer

I also searched for 10 elements of Web design…

1. Space

2. Simple Navigation

3.Information about the web page.( Sufficient information)

4. Contact Information (including contact info within the information)

5. Call to Action (or Signup)

6. Search (making it easy to look up anything)

7. Informational Footer (connecting to your audience)

8. Style for Buttons (visible and distinctive)

9. Great Images (drawing the attention of users)

10. Web Fonts


I think that’s enough for me today….until tomorrow… 🙂


Assignment 3/Blog 1

Thursday 1 June 17

Today we got given ‘ in class time’ to get into our groups and make a start to our assignment three.

Our group left and found a quiet classroom, where we broke the assignment down and made sure we are all on the right track to complete the work that is required. We spoke about the homepage and how we plan to structure our teams ideas according to the assignment requirements.

We discussed planning of the logo and all branding elements. We are still contemplating ideas towards a Name and tagline…mmmmm!? 🙂

I think as a group we have relatively good ideas and a good all round structure for our assignment three. I feel pretty confident this time around and am looking forward to completing this assignment.


Networking Protocols

Monday 29 May 2017

Today we went through some slides on Networking protocols.

In teams, we were asked to give a presentation on this topic…this was our group presentation we made in Google docs-








LinQ to SQL

Wed 31 May 2017

LinQ to SQL-How do we do this?

  • In LINQ to SQL, the data model of a relational database is mapped to an object model expressed in the programming language of the developer. When the application runs, LINQ to SQL translates into SQL the language-integrated queries in the object model and sends them to the database for execution. When the database returns the results, LINQ to SQL translates them back to objects that you can work with in your own programming language.


Understanding the basics first…

What is a query?

  • A query is an expression that retrieves data from a data source.
  • Queries are expressed in a dedicated query language.

What is LINQ?

  • This stands for-Language-Integrated Query.
  • It simplifies the situation by offering a consistent model for working with data across various kinds of data sources and formats.

Three Stages of a Query Operation

LINQ query operations consist of three actions:

  1. Obtain the data source or sources.
  2. Create the query.
  3. Execute the query.

This example below illustrates the three parts of a query operation. The example uses an array of integers as a convenient data source for demonstration purposes. However, the same concepts also apply to other data sources.


The output here would be-


I plan to go through the rest of the slides at home that are on Moodle, as I was going through my Milestone three in class 🙂


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