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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher Details:

Federico Viola

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


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


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


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


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

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience. Students will participate in a combination of group and individual learning activities. These activities will be provided through a combination of face to face teacher/student deliveries plus classroom work time. Additional learning activities will also be provided to students to complete outside of timetabled time.

Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Schedule:                                                             Semester 1: 2018

Week Commencing


Readings and Activities


Week 1

5 Feb

Course Introduction

Assessment 1 Briefing

Welcome and introduction to course

Introduction to

Introduction to the Web and terminology

Assessment 1 briefing

 Assessment 1 Briefing

Week 2

12 Feb

Web Terminology

Web terminology

Web design

Content Management Systems


 All content relevant to Assessment 1

Week 3

19 Feb

WordPress Workshop

WordPress Workshop 1


Week 4

26 Feb

WordPress Workshop

SEO Introduction and Tips

WordPress Workshop 2

SEO Introduction and Tips


Week 5

5 Mar

Squarespace Workshop

Squarespace Workshop 1


Week 6

12 Mar

Squarespace Workshop

Squarespace Workshop 2


Week 7

19 Mar

Assessment 1 - In-class Test

Assessment 1 - In-class Test

Assessment 1 - In-class Test

Week 8

 26 Mar (5 Apr)

Requirements Report

Assessment 2 Briefing

Requirements Report


o   Preparing a client brief

o   Business objectives and brand values

o   Functionality requirements

Planning and Competitor Analysis

o   Budget and project timeframes

o   Competitor analysis

 Assessment 2 Briefing


29 Mar - 4 Apr


Week 9

 9 Apr



o   Types of site architecture overview

o   Pros and cons of different software tools and computer applications

o   Domain name registration


Week 10

16 Apr

Work on Assessment 2

Work on assessment

Assessment 2 Due, Sunday 11pm (Digital Upload)

Week 11

23 Apr



Assessment 2 Presentations


Week 12

30 Apr

Assessment 3 Briefing

Assessment 3 Briefing

Time to work on Assessment with Q&A

Assessment 3 Briefing

Week 13

7 May

Work on Assessment

Time to work on Assessment with Q&A


Week 14

14 May

Work on Assessment 

Time to work on Assessment with Q&A

Assessment 3 Due, Sunday 11pm

Week 15

21 May

 Presentations (Assessment 3)


 Assessment 3 Presentations

Week 16

28 May

 Resubmissions only

 No classes - resubmissions only


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All resources will be available in CANVAS.

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 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

Assessment 1: In-class Test - Individual (due: week 7)

This is a digital, closed-book test. You will use the computers provided in the room, but it is mandatory to bring a laptop or tablet. The purpose of this assessment is to gain a good understanding of Web design, the Web and related aspects. The test will be based on content covered in the first 6 weeks of class.

Assessment 2: Requirement Report – Team (due: week 10, Sun, digital upload – week 11: Presentation in class)

In small teams, you will find a real client who needs a basic website for a business or product.

You are then to produce a detailed requirement 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 3: Website – Team (due: week 14, Sun, digital upload – week 15: Presentation in class)

Working in the same small teams, the final assessment will focus on your ability to create a valid basic website based on the above requirement report. This project will involve a range of research and technical tasks to be completed using various software tools and computer applications. Each student in the team will have to complete 2 concepts for the client. The websites need to comply with accessibility and usability. The websites need to be user tested.

Assessment 1 – In-class Test – Due: Week 7

Assessment 2 - Requirement Report – Due: Week 10, Sun, digital upload – Week 11: Presentation in class

Assessment 3 - Website – Due: Week 14, Sun, digital upload – Week 15: Presentation in class

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS.   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 the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • 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. 

Other Information

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.   More Information:   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.   More Information:   Resubmissions:   If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.     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.   Grading & re-submissions   Successful re-submissions will contribute a CAG only (Competency Achieved Grading) result to your overall grade for the course.   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:   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 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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