Course Title: Use development software and IT tools to build a basic website

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: COSC7356C

Course Title: Use development software and IT tools to build a basic website

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5335 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact: Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email: sally.parrott@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Federico Viola

Email:  Federico.viola@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use web authoring tools to create, modify and test simple web pages and websites.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAWEB418A Use development software and IT tools to build a basic website

Element:

1. Select and analyse website structure and development tools

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse business specification and select appropriate software
1.2 Identify technical needs for the website and select appropriate software tools
1.3 Identify site structure and navigation flow and demonstrate understanding of functionality
1.4 Review design documentation and integrate design work with site structure and navigation, according to web development standards

Element:

2. Begin site construction

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Take action to ensure user input during website construction
2.2 Validate existing information and basic content when incorporating data on website
2.3 Apply consistent design specifications to all aspects of the website
2.4 Gather feedback from user on web design, content, accessibility and structure, using appropriate feedback mechanism

Element:

3. Complete and validate website construction and content

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Undertake an evaluation of the website against technical requirements and design specification
3.2 Test each function and process of the website
3.3 Conduct navigation tests and hypertext markup language (HTML) compliance with website standards
3.4 Stress test the website to meet design criteria and user load
3.5 Record testing results to ensure website meets user requirements
3.6 Obtain sign-off and approval of user


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

 

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with OFFC5307C Use advanced features of computer applications.

Week Date Week Begins WithTopicAssessments
14/7Welcome and introduction to design skills 
211/7

Branding

  • Preparing a client brief
  • Business objectives and brand values
  • Functionality requirements
  • Overview of WordPress Themes
 
318/7

Planning and Competitor Analysis

  • Budget and project timeframes
  • Competitor analysis
 
425/7

Functionality

  • Types of site architecture overview
  • Pros and cons of different software tools and computer applications
  • Domain name registration
     

Assessment 1 due, on Sunday, 11pm

 

51/8Assessment 1 PresentationsAssessment 1 Presentations
68/8Getting Started With WordPress
(WordPress Workshop 1)
  • Introduction to Lynda.com
  • Sign up with WordPress.com
  • Students will be shown the themes they can work with.
Homework: Create an asset file
715/8

WordPress Workshop 2

 
822/8 WordPress Workshop 3-
BREAK29/8 - 2/9Mid-Semester Break 
95/9

WordPress Workshop 4 and UX Design

 
1012/9WordPress Themes and Customising Header
  • Photoshop Workshop
 
1119/9SEO Introduction and Tips 
1226/9Finalise Assessment 2Assessment 2 due on Sunday, 11pm
133/10Assessment 2 PresentationsAssessment 2 Presentations
1410/10Preparation for Test 
1517/10Assessment 3 - In-class Digital TestAssessment 3 - due in class


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Students will have access to Lynda.com and are required to follow video tutorials recommended in the weekly content.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.


Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with OFFC5307C Use advanced features of computer applications.

Students are required to complete 3 tasks. All tasks must successfully be completed to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1 Requirements Presentation (Due in week 4, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class week 5)
In pairs, students will find a real client who needs a basic website for a business or product. Students are then to produce a detailed requirements report to be delivered in class. This presentation will cover the business needs and appropriate recommendations for a new website. The report should detail a client brief, substantial research and analysis as to the market and competitor sites, functionality requirements, hosting and domain name recommendations, a site map, software tool recommendations and project timelines incorporating scope for user feedback and site testing.

Assessment Task 2 Website (Due in week 12, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class Week 13)
Working in the same pairs, the second assessment will focus on students’ ability to create a valid basic website based on the above requirements report. This project will involve a range of research and technical tasks to be completed using various software tools and computer applications.

Assessment Task 3 In-Class Digital Test (Due in class Week 15)
Individually students will participate in digital test. The test is based on the content covered in class. A large number of questions will be focused on the CMS used for Assessment 2. Questions will be based on multiple choice and true/false.

Submission Requirements

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. <check links are still current>
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf
Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. <check links are still current>
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf
Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.
Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: <check link is still current>
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Marking Guide (Competency):
You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.


Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

Final Grades table:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment
Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.


Assessment Matrix

 Critical aspects of assessment
Evidence of the following is essential:
● Assessment must confirm the ability to use at least three computer applications to their full capacity employing all advanced features and import/export capacities for efficiency and productivity purposes, using at least two industry-recognised application packages.

Required KnowledgeAssessment
● Basic analysis skills in relation to normal routine work processesTasks 1, 2 and 3
● Detailed skills in using applications featuresTasks 1, 2 and 3
● Basic skills in interpreting technical informationTasks 2 and 3
● Problem solving skills in known areas during normal routine work processesTasks 1 and 2
• Plain English literacy and communication skills in relation to dealing with clients and team membersTasks 1, 2 and 3
Required SkillsAssessment
● Basic understanding of operating systems software and system toolsTasks 2 and 3
● Broad knowledge of vendor product directionsTasks 2 and 3
● Broad knowledge of vendor applications and their featuresTasks 1, 2 and 3
Element/performance criteriaAssessment
1. Select and analyse website structure and development tools
1.1. Analyse business specification and select appropriate software
1.2. Identify technical needs for the website and select appropriate software tools
1.3. Identify site structure and navigation flow and demonstrate understanding of functionality
1.4. Review design documentation and integrate design work with site structure and navigation, in accordance with web development standards
Tasks 1 and 2
2. Begin site construction
2.1. Take action to ensure user input during website construction
2.2. Validate existing information and basic content when incorporating data on website
2.3. Apply consistent design specifications to all aspects of the website
2.4. Gather feedback from user on web design, content, accessibility and structure, using appropriate feedback mechanism
Tasks 1 and 2
3. Complete and validate website construction and content
3.1. Undertake an evaluation of the website against technical requirements and design specification
3.2. Test each function and process of the website
3.3. Conduct navigation tests and HTML compliance with website standards
3.4. Stress test the website to meet design criteria and user load
3.5. Record testing results to ensure website meets user requirements
3.6. Obtain sign-off/approval of user
Task 2

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