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MDIA 2533 - Information Architecture

Media Communications Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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Course Details

Information architecture is an extensive discipline involving the organization, labeling, navigation, and searching systems for web and interactive products that enable users to find and manage information more successfully. This foundation course addresses issues such as how web usability, user experience, and search engine optimization integrate into an effective information hierarchy. Students will construct mobile and web sitemaps, task diagrams and wireframes. A combination of lectures, in-class discussions, hands-on exercises, group work, student presentations, and tool demonstrations will be used throughout this course. Students will be assessed by a combination of quizzes, term project, group and individual projects.





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 47160

Sat Sep 19 - Sat Dec 12 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 19 - Dec 12 Sat 09:30 - 12:30 BBY Online Delivery


Ron Jacklin

Course Outline




  1. No class Oct 10.

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Winter 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2021 term.

CRN 88220

Sat Jan 09 - Sat Mar 27 11 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Mar 27 Sat 09:30 - 12:45 Online Delivery
See Notes below



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. No class Feb. 13 This is not a self-paced course. You will be expected to be available and online on the posted days and times shown on your registration schedule. It is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Course content, type and quality of assignments, and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. To be successful in this online course, plan to spend 7-10 hours per week on your studies, or more of it’s a condensed course, starting Week 1. System Requirements are: Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later [OR] Apple® macOS® 10.13, 10.14 or later (64-bit Intel-based) Processor: 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set Memory: 8 GB minimum, 16 GB or higher recommended (32 GB for 4K media or higher) Graphics: NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; NVidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended [OR] AMD Radeon Pro 555X or higher S[OR] Intel UHD Graphics 630 or higher Storage: 250GB SSD or higher Monitor: 1920 x 1080 or higher Internet: Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services Important course information will be sent to your myBCIT account prior to your course start date.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Plan and develop a content strategy for web and mobile.
  • Recognize and apply Information Architecture principles to user-centred design.
  • Identify website, and an interactive project’s Information requirements.
  • Develop audience profiles, user interactivity scenarios and personas.
  • Organize, and label content for interactive projects.
  • Implement and manage a content inventory.
  • Research and create interactive navigation systems.
  • Interpret data context and apply metadata/SEO (Search Engine Optimization) principles for new media assets.
  • Prepare visual documentation such as: user boards, sitemaps, task flowcharts and wireframes.
  • Develop a website navigation in a CMS (Content Management System) to define content hierarchy.
  • Write an information architecture proposal.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2019

Related Programs

MDIA 2533 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. New Media Design and Web Development
    Full-time   Diploma
  2. User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Design
    Part-time   Associate Certificate


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