Course Title: Develop complex cascading style sheets

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: COSC7367C

Course Title: Develop complex cascading style sheets

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5341 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact: Val Christou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5076

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact:

Catherine Han Lin

Course Contact Email:

Consultation Time: Available from the teacher on first day of class

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTWEB506 Develop complex cascading style sheets


1. Determine the requirements and develop CSS

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain user requirements for style 1.2 Develop CSS to match user requirements


2. Use advanced CSS techniques to create web pages

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Style the elements of a web page, using advanced CSS techniques 2.2 Position the document elements, using advanced CSS 2.3 Apply the style sheets to multiple pages in a website


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Validate CSS against industry standards 3.2 Test the website in various browsers 3.3 Rectify browser differences to ensure that the website is accessible

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

 A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.
The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.
The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.
We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered & co-assessed holistically along with ICTWEB429 (COSC7365C) Create a mark-up language document to specification & ICTWEB411 (COSC7366C) Produce basic client-side script for dynamic web pages

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows:

Induction Session
Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:
• Program overview and requirements
• MyRMIT/Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including:
o Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
o Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities

Course Delivery:



Week Commencing



Competencies Delivered




Introduction 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


Introduction to Web Design
• Course introduction & overview
• HTML5 template & HTML tags







More HTML5

Assessment 1 - Individual Website Project, specification issued






Introduction to CSS







More CSS
HTML & CSS validation

Assessment 1 - Individual Website Project (Part 1) due






More CSS

Work on Website project






13/03/17 (Public Holiday Monday)


Work on Website project







Work on Website project








Work on Website project (validation & testing)

Assessment 1 - Individual Website Project (Part 2) due






Introduction to JavaScript

Work on Website project (validation & testing)





More JavaScript





Mid semester break 13th April to 19th April 2017 inclusive



More JavaScript







(Public Holiday Tuesday)

More JavaScript







HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Assessment 1 - Individual Website Project due (Part 1, 2, 3)







HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Assessment 1 – Interview

Assessment 2 specification issued






HTML, CSS, JavaScript







HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Assessment 2 due






Re-submission if required

Course & assessment feedback






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. However the following text is highly recommended:   Lowery, J & Fletcher, M (2011), HTML5 24-Hour Trainer, Wiley Publishing, ISBN 978-0-470-64782-0   This book is pitched at an ideal level for beginning students. It covers and strong in both HTML and CSS and is very up-to-date. It is also quite moderately priced, and comes with some excellent interactive videos on DVD.   Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various Websites which will be indicated.


Other Resources

There is NOprescribed textbook for this course.  However the following text is highly recommended:


Lowery, J & Fletcher, M (2011), HTML5 24-Hour Trainer, Wiley Publishing, ISBN 978-0-470-64782-0


Tim Wright (2013), Learning JavaScript: A Hands-on Guide to the Fundamentals of Modern JavaScript, ISBN 978-0-321-83274-0


These books are ideal for beginning students. They cover in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with quite reasonable price.


Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various Websites which will be indicated.

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.       

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete two assessments.  You must successfully complete all sections of each assessment tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment 1 - Individual Website Project

For this assessment task you are required to develop a dynamic four page Website using the latest standards in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  Your Website will be uploaded to a Web hosting server and tested in different browsers.

Part 1 – HTML5 and CSS Template (Due date: Refer to Teaching Schedule)

A storyboard which feature the design of the website.

Project website first two pages with basic text, images and CSS styling.


Part 2 - Four Page Website (Due date: Refer to Teaching Schedule)

A four page Website with a menu, text, images, table and forms styled with CSS. The Website must contain JavaScript functions as dynamic components of the website. It should be uploaded to a Web server.


Assessment 2 – JavaScript quiz (Due date: Refer to Teaching Schedule)

For this assessment task you are required to complete a JavaScript quiz test in class. To pass this assessment you must achieve a minimum score of 90 out of 100 (90/100). You can have multiple attempts, and save your answers many times within the test time allowed. You must submit the test result as instructed by your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix that maps all assessments to the critical aspects of evidence, skills, knowledge and elements is available from the teacher.

Other Information

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:
Form to use:
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.
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Form to use:

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 website:
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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.

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