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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: COSC6003C

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

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5281 - 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

Natalie Wallis

natalie.wallis@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 unit defines the competency required to build a basic website that is consistent with design and technical requirements, and business expectations. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAB4169B Use development software and IT tools to build a basic website

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 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
 

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:

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, in accordance with web development standards
 


Learning Outcomes


This unit defines the competency required to build a basic website that is consistent with design and technical requirements, and business expectations. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
 


Details of Learning Activities

Practical activities, case studies and class discussion as well as work relevant assessments.


Teaching Schedule

Week 1

(1) Course Induction

(2) Pre-Training Review

(3) Course Overview

Assessment 1 and
Course Overview handed out
 

Week 2Assessing the needs of the business
- preparing a client brief
- business objectives + brand values
- functionality requirements
 
Week 3Assessing the needs of the business
- budget & project timeframes
- competitor analysis
Aesthetics and page design
Site navigation
 
Week 4Software tools, web design platforms and hosting options
- types of site architecture overview
- pro’s and cons of different software tools & computer applications
- domain name registration
 
Week 5Examination of different web software applications available
Further detail around using application features
Assessment 1 Due In Class
You will receive the feedback in week 7. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 7. (For those in the Monday class on public holiday, Assessment will be the following Monday)
 
Week 6Introduction to software application. Students will be shown the themes they can work with.
Week 7Exploring principles of design
Exploring principles of UX and site navigation
 
Week 8Photoshop training skills to make site graphics
Week 9Further development or site graphics
Week 10Content development
- writing online copy
- embedding media
Week 11SEO Introduction and Tips
Week 12Further exploration of social media integration including Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
Week 13Website Presentations. Task 2 Due
You will receive the feedback in week 15. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 15.
 
Week 14Website Validation & Testing
- How to conduct user navigation tests
Website Validation & Testing
- integrating user feedback
- assessing site effectiveness
 
Week 15

In class user testing exercise

Task 3 Due
You will receive the feedback in week 17. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the beginning of week 17.
 

Week 16Assessment Feedback – must come to class for individual appointments
Week 17Any resubmissions due – final date


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. 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.
 


Assessment Tasks

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with RMIT course code Use Advanced Features of Computer Applications COSC6002C

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

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 Requirements Presentation (Due in class Week 5)
In pairs, students will be given 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 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 User Testing (Due in class Week 15)
Individually students will user test a site of another class member. You will need to examine how the website meets design and functionality specifications, site navigation and functionality, plus branding and copy writing.
 

More detailed assessment sheets for each assessment task will be disseminated throughout course delivery.

Submission Requirements:
Format:
Work to be saved in a word doc or .pdf and uploaded to the assessment tab in your course blackboard shell by required date. Work sent by email will not be marked.
Work submitted after the deadline and without one of the forms below will not be accepted or marked.
Assessment deadline extensions:
Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If you think you might not make the due date due to circumstances beyond your control, you must apply for an application of extension time BEFORE the due date:
You can apply for an extension of seven or fewer days from the original due date for submission of assignments, projects, or essays. You must lodge it no later than one working day before the original submission due date. See link below for eligibility criteria and forms.
If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms for extension time and special consideration can be found at: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz.
 


Assessment Matrix

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