CS7026 – Authoring for Digital Media

Module CodeCS7026
Module NameAuthoring for Digital Media
ECTS Weighting[1]10 ECTS
Semester taughtSemester 1 & 2
Module Coordinator/s  Nina Bresnihan

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

LO1. Design and build valid, accessible websites for delivery on all digital platforms
LO2. Have a thorough understanding of HTML5
LO3. Have a thorough understanding of CSS3
LO4. Have a good understanding of Web Accessibility issues
LO5. Build websites using HTML5 and CSS3 for delivery across multiple devices
LO6. Understand how to design an information architecture for designing websites

Module Content

This module teaches the basic skills required for designing and implementing websites. It will introduce the standard mark-up languages used on www along with CSS.

In the First Semester, students will learn how to develop basic websites using HTML5 and CSS3. In the Second Semester, more advanced web authoring skills will be taught and strategies for designing and implementing interactive applications for delivery on all digital platforms across multiple platforms. Students will learn the fundamentals of developing Information Architectures and designing intuitive navigation systems.

Semester 1
 Introduction to Markup Languages
 CSS3
 Web Standards and Accessibility

Semester 2
 Comprises a combination of lectures, discussions and tutorials.
 The lectures will cover the designing for different browsers and devices, audio and video Integration, social media integration, implementation on CMS platforms.
 They will also introduce a design methodology, which will be adopted (or adapted) by groups during the project implementation phase of the semester.

A project is set for completion during Semester 2. This will be a group project (group membership: minimum 3, maximum 5). The semester will include tutorial meetings with each group with required deliverables each week.

Teaching and learning Methods

Lectures, laboratories, tutorials

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief DescriptionLearning Outcomes Addressed% of totalWeek setWeek Due
Coursework Individual HTML & CSS assignmentLO1, LO2, LO320Sem 1
Week 5
Sem 1
Week 8
CourseworkGroup Web Accessibility presentations and individual report.LO1, LO425Sem 1
Week 9
Sem 1
Week 12
CourseworkGroup Web development project and individual reportLO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO655Sem 2
Week 1
Sem 2
Week 12

Reassessment Details

Web development coursework.

Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:66 hours
Lecture44 hours
Laboratory11 hours
Tutorial or seminar11 hours
Other0 hours
Independent study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:144 hours
Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable60 hours
completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)84 hours
Total Hours210 hours

Recommended Reading List

Defensive Design for the Web, Matthew Linderman and Jason Fried
A Practical Guide to Designing with Data, Brian Suda and Owen Gregory
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Andy Budd, Simon Collison and Cameron Moll
Designing with Web Standards (3rd Edition) by Jeffrey Zeldman and Ethan Marcotte
jQuery in Action, Second Edition by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz
Responsive Web Design, Ethan Marcotte, A Book Apart
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites, Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld
Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Dan Cederholm and Ethan Marcotte

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: N/A

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: N/A

Module Co-requisites


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