MM352 - Intermediate Web Authoring
This is an intermediate level course in web site development using current web authoring tools. Topics covered include web site planning, design concepts, use of authoring tool software, creation of interactive web elements, and web site organization. Emphasis will be placed on creating dynamic and interactive client-side web objects using the Dreamweaver authoring tool. Prerequisite: MM 252 or equivalent HTML knowledge. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- design a 3-column webpage prototype using Photoshop.
- apply HTML5 and jQuery to enhance user experience.
Always come to class prepared to work. Much of the class is devoted to design critique and tutorials, so be prepared. Students are required to take notes and read the referenced material.
- Assignments - 70%
- Final Design/Development Project - 30%
- Late work will be graded down one letter per day.
- For on-campus students, three absences will cause the final grade to be lowered by one letter. Five absences will lower final grade two letters.
University Withdraw Policy - If it is after the fifth week, a student may withdraw from a class. Withdrawal forms are available in the Registrar's Office. The instructor should grant the "W" grade only if the student is doing passing work. Otherwise, a grade of "F" will be recorded. Withdrawals must be turned in to the Registrar's Office by the last day of regularly scheduled class, (i.e. prior to finals week).
The readings for this course are available online. Readings and assignments will be presented weekly. Additional resources will be posted for each assignment.
- You will need an external storage device to store files created for the course. Do not store files on the lab computers. They will be erased.
- Kadavvy, David - Design for Hackers
Means of Assessment
- Assignments and a final design/development project
Occasionally, assignments are given in class which are not listed in the course outline. I may ask you to comment on a reading, run through a tutorial, or research an area relevant to the discussion. It is your responsibility to be present in class for these assignments. Details will not be repeated.
Brief Outline of Course
Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity. - Jeffrey Zeldman
- Week 1 - Introduction. Determining your approach. Photoshop. Color. Demographics. Assessing your target audience and designing accordingly. Design strategies.
- Course Project
- Access the Course Forum
- 001 - Research - Do the reading. Then find three websites in the education or related category, that you think are effective. Analyze who you think the target audience is and the goals of the site. Describe where the site succeeds or fails. Be prepared to discuss your findings in class. Due Tuesday.
- 002 - The Design Spec
- Week 2 - Create your wireframe and initial design
- Week 3
- Review and Critique
- Week 4 - Converting the Design to CSS
- Week 5 - Expanding HTML Forms with CSS. Form Design.
- Week 6
- Week 7
- Week 8
- Be sure to visit the disclaimers page for information on academic misconduct and disabilities.