Text Descriptions and Flowcharts

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Image: Key, S. (2010). Creative Flow Chart [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.georgiacriminalappellatelawblog.com/preservation-of-error/the-great-trial-lawyers-get-creative-when-making-a-record/

In this weeks tutorial it focussed on introducing text descriptions and flow charts.

A text description, from my understanding of the lesson is where a scenario is written in a step-by-step format to identify the solution to the problem using words.

To understand the concept of text descriptions, we were asked to write a step-by-step instructional guide on “Making toast”.

Below are the steps that I came up with to better understand the process of how to make toast.

Steps of Making Toast

1) Plug in the toaster on a nearby outlet and turn it on.

2) Select the number of pieces of bread you want to eat.

3) Place the bread in the toaster.

4) After, adjust the dial at ideal temperature.

5) Once satisfied with the toaster temperature, push down on the handle.

6) Wait until the toast is done.

7) Once toast is complete, it will pop up.

8) Test out the toast to your preferred crunch.

9) Take out the final pieces of toast.

10) Place on a plate and spread your desire condiment with a knife.

The lesson then moved on to Flowcharts.

A flowchart, from my understanding is where a scenario is graphically designed in a step-by-step format through the use of symbols in order to identify the solution to the problem.

Flowcharts consists of various sets of shaped boxes, thus in class we were shown standard symbols that are used in flowcharts, as well as an example of a diagram of flow chart to a scenario.

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Image: Waterson, S. (2016). Flowchart symbols [Screenshot]. Retrieved from https://vuws.westernsydney.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/file?cmd=view&content_id=_2519235_1&course_id=_21122_1

Flowchart Example.png

Image: Waterson, S. (2016). Flowchart Example [Screenshot]. Retrieved from https://vuws.westernsydney.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/file?cmd=view&content_id=_2519235_1&course_id=_21122_1

Again, to better understand the concept of flowcharts, we were asked to design a flowchart that displays and connects to the text description of “making toast” above.

The flowchart below demonstrates similarity in steps with the text description above. Although it is designed in different forms, it remains to convey the same step-by-step format.

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Hence this week’s classwork was essential part into the study of interactive design, for it has now helped us understand the process in which needs to be applied towards assessing different scenarios.


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