Web Design and Authoring
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.
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This course leads students through the steps needed to design and publish a website. Students learn to hand-code HTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) as the basic foundation for designing and building standards-based, accessible websites. As well as learning to code, students are introduced to fundamental web design principles; issues of accessibility and search engine visibility; and the process of publishing and updating live web pages.
This course requires no proprietary software. Web pages and stylesheets are created in Notepad (a simple text editor available on all computers); pages are published using freeware FTP software; a range of freeware is available to carry out basic image manipulation. It is desirable that students have access to a computer (ideally, but not necessarily, with internet access) for self-study between sessions.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for students who want to learn HTML and CSS to enable them to design and build their own websites, or those wishing to develop their skills base in website management. No prior knowledge of HTML and CSS is required, but students should be familiar with Windows and have experience of browsing the internet.
Learning and Teaching
This module includes a mix of tutor-led explanation and demonstration with practical sessions. Each meeting opens with a brief demonstration; the main portion of the session comprises tutor-led practical work. Class sessions are supported by a multimedia website within the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment.
- what is HTML and making a web page
- adding links and images
- file referencing and publishing to the web server
- creating and applying cascading style sheets (CSS)
- using tables for display and page layout
- fundamentals of website design and accessibility
- creating web forms
- adding Google maps
- further CSS
- web page validation and search engine optimisation
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
Assessed work will include assignments and the creation of a website.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Castro, Elizabeth, HTML, XHTML, and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide: With XHTML and CSS (Visual QuickStart Guides), sixth edition (Berkeley, CA: Peachpit, 2006)
- Meyer, Eric A, CSS: The Definitive Guide, third edition (Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly, 2007)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.