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Web Design has extended significantly from the concept of information delivery into social networking and other expanded modes of engagement. Web applications now appear in a range of delivery platforms from the desktop to personal and mobile technologies, such as media players and mobile phones. This unit will extend upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Introduction to Web Design, Interaction Design and Interface Design. It will introduce you to dynamic Web publishing employing contemporary open source content management systems. Theoretical understandings gained in lectures will be complemented by technical skills and applied to the development of authentic projects within design studios.
In order to design complex web projects, it is important to be able to apply your knowledge of interaction design and user experience design to specific project briefs. Core skills in web design and production methodologies are combined with a study of information ecologies - focusing on the social, cultural, technical, and real world contexts in which web applications for various delivery platforms exist.
The aim of this unit is to introduce you to advanced web design methodologies and technologies. This unit also aims to help you to develop a detailed understanding of web publications as complex systems of people, practices, values and technology, situated in particular local/global environments.
On completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. describe the importance of theoretical concepts of user experience design to web design outcomes; (1-1,2-3)
2. demonstrate advanced skills with web design technologies; (2-4)
3. demonstrate and apply knowledge of usability and accessibility to web design; (2-2)
4. design and produce functional web applications that meet design requirements. (3-2)
This unit addresses advanced web design methodologies, focusing on user-centred design approaches and covering topics such as user scenarios, user needs analysis, usability and accessibility, and evaluation techniques. This is supported by coverage of information ecologies and other theoretical frameworks suitable for understanding the ways in which people, practices, values, and technologies interact.
With a focus on both front-end design and back-end scripting, this unit covers the design, development and evaluation of well-designed and functional web-based systems - in the context of web publications. Tutorials foster the development of practical skills in user-centred design, design practices and a range of web technologies, including the use of open source content management systems. The development of assessment projects is supported by lectures and tutorials covering current web project management techniques.
This unit uses a studio-based approach to develop skills in design and problem solving. The structure and content of the unit is based on the understanding that design practice is developed through hands-on, project-based learning. Each new semester, staff will present design briefs, which will provide the learning vehicle for the unit's aims, and which will require the development of skills appropriate to that level of the course. Studio classes may include workshops, special guest lectures, field trips, experiential exercises and self-directed studio learning. It is important for you to realise that studio relies upon your motivation to explore problems and potential design solutions.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
Due to the nature of this subject area there are no text books listed. The majority of recourses to support your learning can be found online, either in databases which can be accessed via the QUT library, or on generally accessible web sites. A complete list of appropriate references relevant to the projects undertaken will be provided by the unit coordinator and published on the unit's Blackboard web site.
The unit will use Lynda.com video tutorials, which can be accessed for free through the QUT library web site. As part of this unit you may decide to purchase a domain name and web hosting services, which you can use for the rest of your studies. Staff will provide advice on how to select and compare providers.
You will require a range of drawing and artistic materials including:
- A4 size sturdy pre-bound sketchbook / 'visual diary' with a minimum of 50 pages. A good quality paper stock is recommended
- Fine line black felt pens, e.g. 0.2mm
- Graphite pencils in a number of weights (HB, 2B, 4B)
- Coloured pencils
- Pencil sharpener and eraser
- Coloured markers
- Digital storage media (USB memory stick or portable hard drive)
Further resources can be found on the Blackboard web site for this unit.
In this unit you will undertake lectures and/or tutorials [studios] in the traditional lecture theatres and design studios. As such, there are no extraordinary workplace health and safety issues associated with these components of the unit.
Assessment involves working with and submitting digital files. As such it is recommended that you develop a regular process for backing up your work, as to ensure work is not lost in the event of a computer/hardware failure.
All students and staff are required to complete the Tier 1 CIF General Health and Safety Induction for access to campus buildings and facilities. This must be completed online
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