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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

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: C5371 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact: Julia Makin

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email: Julia.makin@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Federico Viola

E federico.viola@rmit.edu.au

T 03 9925 5713

Available: Mon - Thu, 9am - 5pm by appointment

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

NA

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to build a basic website that is consistent with design and technical requirements, and business expectations.


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


On successful completion of this course students will be able to build a basic website.


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

 

Week Date Week Begins WithTopicAssessments
13/7

Welcome and introduction to course

Introduction to Lynda.com

Introduction to the Web and terminology

 Introduction to all assessments
210/7

Web terminology

Web design

Content Management Systems

WordPress.com

Square Space

 Homework: Create an asset file
317/7

WordPress Workshop 1

 
424/7

WordPress Workshop 2

SEO Introduction and Tips

 

 

531/7

Squarespace Workshop 1

 
67/8

Squarespace Workshop 2

 
714/8

Test

Assessment 1 - due in class

You will receive the feedback in week 9.  If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 10.

Closer look at Assessment 2

821/8 

Requirements Report

Branding

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

Planning and Competitor Analysis

  • Budget and project timeframes
  • Competitor analysis
-
BREAK28/8 - 1/9Mid-Semester Break 
94/9

 Functionality

  • Types of site architecture overview
  • Pros and cons of different software tools and computer applications
  • Domain name registration
 
1011/9Time to work on Assessment 2Assessment 2 due, on Sunday, 11pm
1118/9

Assessment 2 Presentations

Assessment 2 Presentations

You will receive the feedback in week 13.  If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 14.

1225/9Time to work on Assessment with Q&A 
132/10Time to work on Assessment with Q&A 
149/10Time to work on AssessmentAssessment 3 due on Sunday, 11pm
1516/10Assessment 3 Presentations

Assessment 3 Presentations

You will receive the feedback in week 15.  If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 16.

1623/10No classes - resubmissions only 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes and tutorials

Online notes posted on Canvas

Video resources on Lynda.com (see course content in Canvas shell)


References

Lynda.com course; WordPress Essential Training; by Morten Rand-Hendriksen > https://www.lynda.com/WordPress-tutorials/WordPress-Essential-Training/372542-2.html

Lynda.com course; Learning Squarespace; by Brian Wood - https://www.lynda.com/Squarespace-tutorials/Learning-Squarespace/580665-2.html

Optional: Lynda.com course: Computer Science Principles: The Internet by Doug Winnie - https://www.lynda.com/Programming-Foundations-tutorials/Computer-Science-Principles-Internet/484466-2.html


Other Resources

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


Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Required skills 

  • analytical skills to:
  • analyse business specification and select appropriate software
  • debug and handle errors
  • troubleshoot basic web links and HTML code errors
  • communication skills to liaise with user
  • literacy skills to review design documentation and record testing results
  • technical skills to:
  • debug and handle errors
  • develop code in HTML
  • identify technical needs and site structure for the website
  • read design specifications and guidelines
  • use appropriate development software and tools.

 

Required knowledge 

  • basic knowledge of:
  • design principles
  • issues around accessibility and equity principles when building for diverse users
  • detailed knowledge of:
  • appropriate software and tools that meet required technical specifications
  • standard generalised markup language (SGML) and the associated standards
  • website design
  • web-specific technical attributes.

 

Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.


Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment Task 1 In-Class Digital Test (Due in class Week 7)
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 Web Design, the Web and the 2 Content Management Systems introduced in class.

Assessment Task 2 Requirements Report (Due in week 10, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class week 11)
In small teams, 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 3 Website (Due in week 14, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class Week 15)
Working in the same small teams, the final 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 Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps the assessments is available on Blackboard in the course shell.
Submission Requirements:
Ensure that you submit your assessment by the due date.
Always retain a copy of your assessment submission (hard copy and soft copy).
Always use a cover sheet when you submit work for assessment at RMIT University.
The cover sheet must include your name and be uploaded on Blackboard with the included declaration and statement
of authorship. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting is your own work. If you submit your
work as a hard copy you will need to sign the cover sheet.
For group assessments all group members's names need to be included.
Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the assessment title, RMIT
course code, course title and page numbers.
For example: Peter Peters, s999999, Assessment 2 Requirements Report, COSC7356C, Use development software and IT tools to build a basic website, Page 7 of
11.
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 you must apply in advance to your teacher for an extension
to the due date. An extension of up to 7 calendar days may be granted.
More information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension
(http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension)
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf)

Where an extension of more than 7 calendar days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for
special consideration must be submitted no later than 2 working days after the assessment due date.
More information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w (http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse:ID=g43abm17hc9w)
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes)


Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed 1 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:
More information: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31 (http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31)
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.

 

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>
More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

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:

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
CA Competency Achieved – Not 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.
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