Course Title: Web Software and Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Web Software and Design

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Russell Kerr

Course Coordinator Phone: Admin +61 3 9925 5371

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, level 1, Room 03

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment or via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Students applying through a Single Course Application should be aware that an appropriate undergraduate program and presentation and approval of a Folio is a requirement for entry into this course.

Course Description

Web Software and Design will focus on multimedia technology for effective website communication. You will explore and apply design and production processes for cross-platforms, web, interactive and motion graphics. You will also reflect on the implications of emerging technologies for graphic design practice. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
•    design and produce a basic website incorporating simple animation, using the most appropriate software;
•    demonstrate technical competency across selected web applications to industry standard;
•    analyse the user-centered functional constraints specific to a web project; and
•    discuss the impact of rapidly changing technology on graphic design professional practice.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:
•    analyse client-based and user-based audiences and contexts which visual communication solutions must address, including the recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, environmental and social human factors that shape design solutions;
•    create, develop and reflect on visual form in response to communication problems, including articulation of principles of visual organization, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images;
•    solve visual communication problems using strategies for problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and evaluation of outcomes; and
•    select and apply relevant tools and technology for the creation, reproduction and distribution of visual messages.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer laboratories, group discussion and activities in which you will have the opportunity to practise the skills and knowledge learned in class. Peer and self-critique is an integral part of the learning and teaching philosophy of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
Macintosh computers and industry-standard software and fonts are available on campus.

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to successfully design, build and develop a website using the skills learned in the course will be assessed by written and practical tasks, together with written and oral assessments focused on analysis and reflection.
Assessment will occur during and at the end of the course. Methods may include any combination of assessment tasks such as reports, folio, projects and presentations.