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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

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

A number of learning activities are incorporated in the in-class delivery, such as:

Individual tasks and exercises, e.g.: students have to create a customised banner for their website in Photoshop
Group work exercises, e.g.: students have to develop a concept as a response to a scenario/problem.
Brainstorm sessions
Probing questions


Teaching Schedule

<thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Date Week Begins</th> <th scope="col">Topic</th> <th scope="col">Activities</th> </thead>
18/2Induction to the courseMeet your teacher and class
Working in groups
215/2BrandingPreparing a client brief
Business objectives & brand values
Functionality requirements
Overview of WordPress Themes
322/2Planning and Competitor AnalysisBudget and project timeframes
Competitor analysis
429/2FunctionalityTypes of site architecture overview
Pros and cons of different software tools and computer applications
Domain name registration
Assessment 1 due, on Sunday, 11pm
57/3Assessment 1 PresentationsAssessment Presentations
614/3Getting 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 (ongoing)
721/3WordPress Workshop 2In-class tasks and self-directed learning
 25 March – 3 April - Mid-Semester Break  
84/4WordPress Workshop 3In-class tasks and self-directed learning
911/4WordPress Workshop 4 and UX DesignIn-class tasks and self-directed learning
1018/4WordPress Themes and Customising HeaderIn-class tasks and self-directed learning
Photoshop workshop
1125/4SEO Introduction and TipsSEO information
Admin Users
122/5Finalise Assessment 2Further exploration of social media integration including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
Assessment 2 due, on Sunday, 11pm
139/5Assessment 2 – Website Presentations Assessment 2 Presentations
1416/5Preparation for Test 
1523/5Assessment 3 - In-Class Digital Test Assessment 3


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

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.


Assessment Matrix

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