Smoke Alarm Manual Design IQP

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Literature Review
  3. Methodology
  4. Data Presentation & Analysis
  5. Results & Recommendations
  6. Appendix A: Overview of SSL
  7. Appendix B: Classroom Research
  8. Appendix C: Analysis of Sample Pamphlet
  9. Appendix D: Graphs & Manuals
  10. Appendix E: Survey Used in Melbourne, Australia
  11. Appendix F: Sample Pamphlet (1.22MB)
  12. References

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Our liaison:

Mr. Mahmut Horasan
177 Salmon St
Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
Telephone: +61 3 9248 4900
Fax: (03) 9646-5165
Email: mahmut.horasan@agal.gov.au

Welcome! This is the project page for the Scientific Services Laboratory, a division of the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories. We are three WPI students spending WPI term D00 in Melbourne, Australia. Our task is to design an informational brochure for smoke alarms; our main audiences will be the illiterate, and those whose first language is not English (ESL speakers). The main project page includes descriptions of this project and others.

We are:

To observe how this task has been accomplished in the past, we have contacted the following companies to receive sample instruction manuals:

The following smoke detector instructions have been obtained, and have been scanned for this web page. Each page is a JPEG file of approximately 250K.

Australia's Fire Safety Standards has been essential to our design. Official documents 3876 and 1670.6 regarding smoke alarm design and installation provide information regarding proper placement of alarms in the house.

We interviewed the following WPI faculty members regarding their experiences and thoughts on visual design:

While in Australia, evaluation and testing of our manual design will be necessary. One method for doing so is to contact Melbourne's local education programs; we expect Melbourne to have programs similar to Worcester's which help teach illiterate adults. We will be working with these classrooms to speak to some students regarding their opinions of our designs.


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