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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact Alain Grossbard
Course Contact Phone +(61 3) 9925 5522
Course Contact Email

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 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


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


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


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

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 11 Feb (1) Course Induction
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents
• Online learning environment
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
(2) Pre-Training Review
• Includes skills analysis and Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
(3) Course Overview
Week 2 18 Feb Assessing the needs of the business
- preparing a client brief
- business objectives + brand values
- functionality requirements
Week 3 25 Feb Assessing the needs of the business
- budget & project timeframes
- competitor analysis
Aesthetics and page design
Site navigation
Week 4 4 Mar 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
Week 5 11 Mar Examination of different web software applications available
Further detail around using application features
Week 6 18 Mar Introduction to software application Weebly
- blogs/pages, contact forms, enewsletters
Week 7 25 Mar Further development in additional applications such as MailChimp, Animoto etc

28 Mar – 3 Apr Mid-Semester Break

Week 7 1 Apr Further development in Weebly
-exploring principles of design
- exploring principles of site navigation
Week 8 8 Apr Content development
- writing online copy
- embedding multimedia
Week 9 15 Apr SEO & Webmaster tools for site verification
Week 10 22 Apr Further exploration of social media integration including Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
Week 11 29 Apr Website Validation & Testing
- test site validity against web development standards
Week 12 6 May Website Validation & Testing
- conduct user navigation tests
Week 13 13 May Website Validation & Testing
- integrating user feedback
- assessing site effectiveness
Week 14 20 May Finish working on final assessment
Week 15 27 May Assessment Feedback
Week 16 3 Jun No classes - Resubmissions only
Week 17 10 Jun No classes - Resubmissions only

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 COSC6002C Use Advanced Features of Computer Applications.

 Assessment Task 1 Requirements Report (Due in class Week 5)
 In pairs, students, are to find a real client who needs a basic website or to consider a niche business idea around which they would like to develop a website. Students are then to 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.

 Assessment Task 2 Website (Due in class Week 12)
 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 Review and Feedback (Due in class Week 14)
 In pairs students will review a website against design and functionality specifications, gather user feedback and test site navigation and functionality.

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: All assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.
You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 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 is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• 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 work for assessment is available from the Student forms website.
• 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.


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.

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