SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1I124647
Module Leader Alan Nesbitt
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module seeks to provide the student with a critical understanding of the various website design alternatives currently available. The student will develop the ability to analyse, design, implement, test and critically evaluate static accessible websites. Emphasis will also be placed on critical website development issues such as accessibility, internationalisation and marketing. The use and effectiveness of multimedia management and tools are developed.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Critical Review of the Internet/WWW Publishing Standards: Suitability of medium to message; use of graphic design techniques; navigation links; hypertext structures. Technology: Historical developments; browser technologies and operation; limitations of present day systems; standards; new technologies; applets; streaming technologies. Client/User Analysis: Information structuring. Authoring: HTML; evalution of XHTML; WWW page design software; style sheets; scripting for interactivity; digital video/sound; animation; overview of preprocessor scripting; assessibility. Design Issues: Design for rapid download; choice of file formats.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Describe the fundamentals of the Internet, WWW publishing standard, and different image file formats. (AM1)2. Demonstrate usage of graphical application software packages to create web pages (AM1,AM3)3. Construct page layout using XHTML.(AM1,AM3,AM5)4. Develop static web site for client/user needs. (AM3,AM5)5. Evaluate a developed website on different web browsers. (AM3,AM5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will be used to introduce the key concepts of design for the World Wide Web. These will be supported by laboratory based exercises to illustrate the principles developed in the lectures, to allow critical evaluation of existing WWW pages and too apply design concepts and authoring tools to WWW page development.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides S.) (Paperback) by Tom Negrino, 0321350278, Jan 2006. 2. Macromedia Dreamweaver 8: Training from the Source (Training from the Source S.) (Paperback) by Khristine Annwn Page 0321336267 (Paperback) Apr 2006. HTML and XHTML; the definitive guide,Musciano & Kennedy Sixth Edition, ISBN-10 0-596-52732-2.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Analysis skills shown by the critical review of the Internet, Client/User Analysis sections. b7 Design skills shown by the Design Issues and Authoring sections. Wider, non-technical appreciation is provided in the Standards, Retention and Understanding skills are encouraged by the emphasis on practical coursework over theory.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 28.00
Practicals (FT) 56.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% End-term test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Final developed Website with a brief report (1000 words) on Compatablity of Webstie with different browsers and Steps taken to meet diff Accessibility requirements
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% Conceptial Design of Proposed Website