Course Title: Develop complex cascading style sheets

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5341 Diploma of Information Technology

Course Title: Develop complex cascading style sheets

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 40

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019

Course Contact: Val Christou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5076

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop complex cascading style sheets (CSS) that are attached to a markup language document.

It applies to individuals working as web designers and developers who are involved in the layout and appearance of web pages, and have a highly developed understanding of design principles, and software languages, and can apply protocols and standards proficiently.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICTWEB506 Develop complex cascading style sheets


1. Determine the requirements and develop CSS

2. Use advanced CSS techniques to create web pages

3. Ensure web page and CSS are validated and tested in all major browsers

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to: 

  • develop a complex website, styled and formatted, using cascading style sheets (CSS), according to user requirements
  • create a complex page layout using CSS
  • test the web pages in a variety of browsers
  • validate CSS against industry standards.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • explain the principles of website design
  • describe hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) protocol and its application to CSS
  • outline and apply, hypertext markup language (HTML) and extensible hypertext markup language (XHTML)
  • outline CSS rules and how they affect document styling, and layout
  • explain World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards, as they apply to website design
  • identify and apply, techniques to correct browser incompatibilities.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance in conditions that are safe and replicate the workplace. Noise levels, production flow, interruptions and time variances must be typical of those experienced in the website technologies field of work, and include access to:

  • a computer
  • an aesthetic presentation brief
  • HTML documents to have CSS applied to them
  • the internet to validate the CSS against the W3C
  • a variety of browsers.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


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.