DV1406 Web design and usability

Single subject course, 7.5 ECTS credits, First cycle, spring semester 2012

Overview

TEST; The general aim of the course is to give knowledge in design of websites by means of the xhtml (follow up to html) and a good understanding of how important it participates a thorough design on a website. After the course, you should be able to create useful websites in xhtml the bases in encoding with xhtml and create style sheets for development of uniform layout on a website.

Application date

2011-October-15

Course period

2012-January-16 until
2012-June-03

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, Mixed, part time 25 %

Number of physical meetings

Compulsory: 0
Optional: 0

Teaching location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

Swedish

Syllabus in English

Main field of study

Computer Science

Level

G1N

Admission

Prerequisites

General requirements for university studies.

Read more about general admission requirements.

Application date

2011-October-15

Course period

2012-January-16 until
2012-June-03

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, Mixed, part time 25 %

Number of physical meetings

Compulsory: 0
Optional: 0

Teaching location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

Swedish

Syllabus in English

Main field of study

Computer Science

Level

G1N

Learning Outcomes

Content

The course comprises the following part:
  • Design of well structured websites with regard to usability and availability.
  • Accessability, example how web pages may be done available for different web browsers and different groups of people with shifting need.
  • Example how websites can be optimized for usability for mobile web browsers
  • Adaptations for responsible SEO (search engine optimization).
  • Application of code standard XHTML strict according to W3C and validation.
  • Application of style sheets: Concept within CSS, technologies for layout and design and validation of CSS - document
  • using tables, frames, layer, form etc.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student should:
  • be able to make a target group analysis and practically transform this analysis to a useful website.
  • be able to account for the bases for the code standard Xhtml strict, and practically be able to apply them.
  • be able to account for the bases for the use of style sheets for development of uniform layout on the website and practically be able to apply them.
  • be able to account for usability and accessibility problems associated with public websites and give proposal for solutions.
  • be able to argue for the chosen solutions based in so called reviewed material.
  • be able to account for and apply basic aspects of search engine optimization of public web pages.
  • be familiar with the special problem that are associated with design of mobile device adapted web pages and give proposal to solutions.
  • be familiar with the legal aspects concerning copyright issues and the Personal Data Act concerning public websites at an orientating level.

Generic Skills

In the course, the following general skills are trained:
  • Analytical ability
  • Critical approach and ability to self-criticism
  • Academic writing
  • Written communication

Course literature and other teaching material

1. Beginning Web Programming with HTML, XHTML and CSS, 2nd edition
Författare: Duckett, Jon
Förlag: Wrox Press
Utgiven: 2008, Antal sidor: 739
ISBN10: 0470259310
ISBN13: 9780470259313

2. Web Style Guide. Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites
Författare: Horton, Sarah & Lynch, Patrick
Förlag: Yale University Press
Utgiven: 2002, Antal sidor: 240
ISBN10: 0300088981
ISBN13: 9780300088984
(tillgänglig gratis, legalt via nätet)

3. Webbreferenser, bland annat W3C, e-utveckling.

Bredvidläsning:
When Search Engines Meets Web Usability
Thurow Shari, Musica Nick
New Riders, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-321-60589-4
ISBN: 0-321-60589-6

Application date

2011-October-15

Course period

2012-January-16 until
2012-June-03

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, Mixed, part time 25 %

Number of physical meetings

Compulsory: 0
Optional: 0

Teaching location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

Swedish

Syllabus in English

Main field of study

Computer Science

Level

G1N

Stucture - Literature

Course literature and other teaching material

1. Beginning Web Programming with HTML, XHTML and CSS, 2nd edition
Författare: Duckett, Jon
Förlag: Wrox Press
Utgiven: 2008, Antal sidor: 739
ISBN10: 0470259310
ISBN13: 9780470259313

2. Web Style Guide. Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites
Författare: Horton, Sarah & Lynch, Patrick
Förlag: Yale University Press
Utgiven: 2002, Antal sidor: 240
ISBN10: 0300088981
ISBN13: 9780300088984
(tillgänglig gratis, legalt via nätet)

3. Webbreferenser, bland annat W3C, e-utveckling.

Bredvidläsning:
When Search Engines Meets Web Usability
Thurow Shari, Musica Nick
New Riders, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-321-60589-4
ISBN: 0-321-60589-6

Learning methods

The rate of study is part-time with possibility to read the course also as half-time studies. The course can be given as pure distance course but meet on campus. As support, BTH:s learning management system is used, where course material is distributed and information concerning the course is published. Communication and cooperation take place via the learning management system. It can occur tidssynkrona, not compulsory, online-föreläsningar. The teaching is given in Swedish with a large part of the reading list in English. Also the written reporting is an important instrument for the individual learning process.

In the course, continuous examination is applied. The examination assignments of the course are home exams with practical elements. The subpart of the course is joined in a smaller project. In the project, a report with documentation is included, where designbeslut should be explained and exam questions should be answered with references to so called reviewed material and the own project.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.

Teachers

Examiner
Bo-Krister Vesterlund

Course Manager
Bo-Krister Vesterlund

Teacher(s)
Bo-Krister Vesterlund

Planned learning activities

Seminars

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes. This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.). This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits, corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Application date

2011-October-15

Course period

2012-January-16 until
2012-June-03

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, Mixed, part time 25 %

Number of physical meetings

Compulsory: 0
Optional: 0

Teaching location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

Swedish

Syllabus in English

Main field of study

Computer Science

Level

G1N

Examination

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1010 Examination 1: Design and Usability 1.5 U/G
1020 Examination 2: XHTLM 1.5 U/G
1030 Examination 3: Stylesheets 1.5 U/G
1040 Project1 3 U/G/VG
1 Determines the final grade for the course, which will only be issued when all components have been approved.

Grading

The course will be graded Fail, Pass or Pass with Distinction.

On request grades according to ECTS will be given.

Future exams

No upcoming, centrally coordinated, examinations for this course were found.

To participate in a centrally coordinated examination, you must enroll in Student's Portal, no later than fifteen days before the examination.

Time and location for the examination will be published about 5 days in advance.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information concerning these examinations are available in It's Learning or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

Application date

2011-October-15

Course period

2012-January-16 until
2012-June-03

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, Mixed, part time 25 %

Number of physical meetings

Compulsory: 0
Optional: 0

Teaching location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

Swedish

Syllabus in English

Main field of study

Computer Science

Level

G1N

 

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