Introduction to Web Design

Assessment criteria

Listed below are the learning outcomes for this module and their components

1 To understand the principles of good web page and site design

1.1 student can explain and justify in context choices for page dimensions, text size and style and colour scheme

1.2 student can review critically own work and that of others

1.3 student can list font styles that will be displayed consistently across popular browsers and operating systems

1.4 student can use html code and cascading stylesheets and use correctly the sections and main html tags of a web page

2 To be able to create web pages to given specification and in a given timescale

2.1 student can create accurately a set of web pages to comprise a site or section of a site with dimensions, image, graphic and text features and file sizes as specified

2.2 student can complete a site or section of a site that functions as required on a testing server within the timescale given

2.3 student can identify problems or barriers to completion within given timeframe and negotiate and agree with the originating organisation's representative appropriate adjustments

3 To interpret and comply with legal requirements for web sites as they effect a range of organisations with different activities, including product marketing, financial transactions and information management

3.1 student can summarise the main requirements or constraints imposed by the disability discrimination, copyright legislation, computer misuse, data protection, consumer protection regulations and any other current legislation that might impinge significantly on a design brief at the time of implementation

4 To incorporate effectively supplied images and original graphic content

4.1 student can accurately calculate the dimensions required for all image and graphic components of a web page

4.2 student can take steps to preserve original photographic images or artwork and use image enhancement, compression and re-sizing techniques to minimise file size whilst retaining image quality and correct proportion in browser display

4.3 student can describe methods for providing users with on-screen text descriptions of image content when any image is not displayed

5 To incorporate accurately textual content provided using appropriate styles and format

5.1 student can transfer supplied text without error to web pages and strip unecessary format coding as required when copying from some text processing applications

5.2 student can check grammar and spelling and where errors are apparent in supplied text, negotiate and agree appropriate revisions

5.3 student can adjust text size using a consistent range of coding methods and can justify choice of text size unit adopted

6 To test the appearance and function of pages and content across a range of currently commonly encountered browser applications and display hardware

6.1 student can identify the monitor resolutions and browser versions that are likely to be the most frequently used by site visitors

6.2 student provides evidence of how pages created appear in at least two different browser and monitor resolutions with a detailed report of any differences and action taken or recommended to maintain display and function consistency

7 To evaluate completed sites and identify in detail problems encountered and appropriate solutions

7.1 student to plan and implement a thorough evaluation of a completed set of pages, reporting methods utilised for testing and the results obtained

7.2 student to explain why the tests selected are considered valid and sufficiently comprehensive

7.3 student to report findings from evaluation and contrast possible solutions to problems encountered and justify recommendations made

8 To be able to manage and develop a web site, including procedures for uploading files, understanding a range of hosting options available and ensuring that security of content is maintained

8.1 student to describe the process of using file transfer protocol to transfer web pages from a local to host server

8.2 student to research and summarise the main features of a range of hosting options for a web site with a comparison of advantages of each

8.3 student to decsribe how security of site content has been effected and arrangements to monitor future security

9 To understand current trends in web site design and technology and to be able to interpret these to provide contemporary advice to organisations

9.1 student to describe a selection of developing web technologies that are regarded by the web design industry as significant at the time and to demonstrate a clear understanding of the effect that they might have on chosen aspects of web page or site design, hosting or management