SWE 205 Assignment 4
Spring 2018
Error Message : Due Thursday, 22 February

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.
- Nikki Giovanni

For next week, find an error message that exhibits poor usability. Write a report that provides the following:

  1. Describe the software you were using
  2. State what you were doing when the error occurred
  3. State what led to the message
  4. Tell us specifically what was wrong with the message, using the terminology from the class and book


  1. Design and write a better error message

Submit a short (less than a page) report. You can submit through Piazza or bring a hard copy to class. You can upload pictures or other supporting materials to the discussion board. Be prepared to explain your example to the class.

If you work collaboratively, include all names and a paragraph that describes each person’s contributions.