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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6003C

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

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

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

Federico Viola

 

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 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:

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
 

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 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
 


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

This unit defines the competency required to build a basic website that is consistent with design and technical requirements, and business expectations.

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

 

This course is taught in co-joint an co- assessed with COSC 6002C - Use advanced features of computer applications


Teaching Schedule

This course is taught in co-joint an co- assessed with COSC 6002C - Use advanced features of computer applications
 

Week 1

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment Due
19/2Introduction to the Course including:
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Course Blackboard access
• Accuracy of enrolment
• Assessment requirements/Cover Sheets
• Reminder re Plagiarism
• Reminder re Appeals
• Extensions/Resubmissions
• Feedback in this course
• Reminder re submission requirements
• Getting help
 
 
 2 12/2

Assessing the needs of the business
preparing a client brief
business objectives + brand values
functionality requirements
 

 
 3 19/2 Assessing the needs of the business
budget & project timeframes
competitor analysis
Aesthetics and page design
Site navigation
 
 
 4 2/3 Software 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
 
 
 5 9/3 Examination of different web software applications available
Further detail around using application features
 

 Assessment 1 due on Monday, 9/3 at 12 Midnight

You will receive the feedback in week 7. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 7.
 

 6 16/3 Introduction to software application. Students will be shown the themes they can work with.
 
 
 7 23/3 Exploring principles of design
Exploring principles of UX and site navigation
 
 
 8 1/4 Photoshop training skills to make site graphics
 
 
  Mid Semester break 2nd-8th April 
 9 13/4 Further development or site graphics
 
 
 10 20/4 Content development
writing online copy
embedding media
 
 
 11 27/4 SEO Introduction and Tips
 
 
 12 4/5 Further exploration of social media integration including Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.
 
 
 13 11/5 Website Presentations to Client.
 
 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.
 14 18/5 Website Validation & Testing
How to conduct user navigation tests
Website Validation & Testing
integrating user feedback
assessing site effectiveness
 
 
 15 25/5 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.
 16 1/6 Assessment Feedback – must come to class for individual appointments
 
 
 17 8/6 Any 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 taught in co-joint an co- assessed with COSC 6002C - Use advanced features of computer applications


Students must be deemed competent in all assessments to pass this subject.

Further information about all assessments will be available on the Blackboard shell.


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)
Find a real client who needs a basic website or with a niche business idea around which they would like to develop a website. If you were unsuccessful in finding a real client, you may be given a real client. Next produce a detailed requirements report covering the business needs and appropriate recommendations for a new website.
The report should contain:
• 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.
This assessment can be completed in teams of 2 students.
 

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.
NB: Students are required to complete 3 tasks. All tasks must successfully be completed to be deemed competent in this unit. More detailed assessment sheets for each assessment task will be disseminated throughout course delivery.
 

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.
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
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
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:
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

Full details on how this course is assessed against the Unit elements and performance criteria plus critical aspects of evidence can be found in the Learning and Assessment Tool available from your course teacher.

Other Information

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