The ICT Web Design Essentials course focuses on fundamentals of designing websites. Students will learn to identify elements of a webpage, and will evaluate the aesthetics and functionality of websites. They will learn the steps in the web design process, such as determining website purpose, goals, and target audience, and planning the site content, structure and navigation. They will also explore web authoring tools. They will be introduced to the technical aspects of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Students will build a website using a GUI web editor, and they will create webpages that include audio, video, and animation. Finally, students will prepare their websites for publishing. They will learn about web hosting services, domain names, uploading files, implementation issues (bandwidth, compression, streaming) and collaboration tools (wikis, blogs).
After completing the ICT Web Design Essentials course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of webpage design principles, including domains, webpage components, aesthetic design, color use, functional design, usability and accessibility, and multimedia and interactivity.
- Plan the design and development of an effective website, including website planning process, site navigation, HTML text and graphical editors, online and offline site builders, content management systems, and webpage templates.
- Create webpages using basic HTML code and authoring tools, including HTML tags and terminology, HTML page structure elements, hyperlinks and images, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) technology, animation and video files, and Dynamic HTML (DHTML).
- Use collaborative web technologies in a web development or research project, including wikis, blogs, social media sites, and collaboration techniques.
- Prepare webpages for publication (including webpage content review, copyright restrictions, metadata, webpage testing, HTML code validation), and publish a website to the Internet using appropriate tools (including network issues, site publishing with File Transfer Protocol [FTP], Web site security methods).