Intro To Web Design I – it236 (3 credits)

This course introduces effective Web design principles and the essential role of the Web designer in today's business environment. Topics covered include site architecture, page layout, navigation, content, functionality, and usability. Students will evaluate existing Web sites and apply best practices to prototype a unique design using a Web authoring application.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Web Site Prototyping

  • Use CSS with Adobe® Dreamweaver® CS4.
  • Apply effective design concepts and techniques to prototype a homepage and secondary pages.

Web Site Redesign Recommendations

  • Develop recommendations for redesign.
  • Evaluate Web page layouts, navigation, and performance.

Web Site Graphic Content

  • Identify a plug-in for multimedia.
  • Recognize advantages and disadvantages of common graphic formats.
  • Explain good design techniques for integrating multimedia into a Web site.
  • Add images to a Web site using Adobe® Dreamweaver®.

Web Site Planning

  • Identify how the purpose, target audience, and intended message drive Web site development.
  • List reasons for and importance of a Web site design.
  • Define fundamental Web design terminology.

Project Proposal

  • Identify site purpose, target audience, and intended message.
  • Draw a site navigation map.
  • Create a project proposal.

Web Design Concepts & Techniques

  • Identify popular Web design tools and their applications.
  • Create a Web page using Adobe® Dreamweaver®.
  • Explain design principles for effective Web site navigation.
  • Prototype various layouts of a home page and secondary pages.

Web Site Structure and Navigation

  • Create a site (file) structure using Adobe® Dreamweaver®.
  • Explain the importance of file organization for a Web site.
  • Research and identify best practices for site navigation.
  • Create usable navigation.

Web Site Content and Layout

  • Discuss the implications of copyrights on the usage of content on a Web site.
  • Explain how to optimize text content for search engines.
  • Add textual content to a Web page using a table.

Web Site Effectiveness

  • Identify how CSS can be used to create a unified Web site style.
  • Explain the importance of usability when designing a Web site.
  • Recognize design principles of basic Web site appearance and functionality.

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