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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2008 - 2009

Module Title Web Design
Module Code CA106
School School of Computing

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Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

This module will introduce students to the principles of good design practise for websites, taking into consideration accessibility for users who may have a disability. 
The Student will be able to design and implement a website using HTML or XHTML, also incorporating CSS to enhance the presentation of the site and incorporating JavaScript to add functionality, and interactivity to any site.

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:
Create and modify HTML and XHTML documents using a simple text editor
Write a series of web pages that presents information, graphics and provide hypertext links to other documents on the Internet.
Learn CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) in order to enhance the presentation quality of the sites content.
The student will have a good understanding of the concepts of good design practise    for the websites, and how to achieve accessibility of their website for all users.
Have the organisational skills to maintain and further develop and expand a site.
Learn how to incorporate JavaScript, which allows the designer to add functionality to a website.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 12
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 39

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB History of the WWW. · BASIC HTML elements - Tags for basic document layout. Headings, Lists - Ordered, Unordered, Definition lists and Nested lists. Creating a larger HTML document. Creating hypertext links. Using links effectively. · ADVANCED HTML including multimedia objects. In-line images. Linking to external images. Simple Tables. Advanced Tables. Table usage issues. Visual effects. Logical styles. Physical styles. Special characters. INTRODUCTION TO WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT Web site planning and design. Navigational models. Web site production. Web site maintenance. Web site Accessibility· WEB DESIGN TOOLS FrontPage. DreamWeaver.
WEB SITE EVALUATION AND USABILITY Usability objectives. Usability Specification. Evaluation techniques. ·
OVERVIEW of how to incorporate JavaScript into HTML files

Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Indicative Reading List

Essential Internet and World Wide Web: How to Program 2/E , H.Deitel, P. Deitel and T. Nieto, 2001, Prentice Hall.

Supplementary Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity , Jacob Nielsen, 2000; New Riders

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