DXB401 Advanced Web Design

Unit synopsis

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.

Creative Industries Faculty
Interactive & Visual Design
Study area
Information technology
Credit points

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Kelvin Grove


Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2018: $1,148
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2018: $3,084
International student fee
2018: $3,696

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

DXB301 or KIB204 or KIB211 or KIB230

Guide to previous study requirements

To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Unit outlines


Dr Markus Rittenbruch
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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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Approaches to teaching and learning

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.

Assessment items

Name #1: Web Prototype
DescriptionYou will create a prototype for a web design. The design must be accompanied by a written document that presents the design concept, outlines your design process, and addresses usability, accessibility and user experience requirements.
Due dateMid Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1 (1-1,2-3), 3(2-2), 4(3-2)
Name #2: Web Design Product
DescriptionThis assessment requires you to produce a web-design based upon a Project Brief provided. This Project Brief will reflect current design trends and issues. The submitted design must be ready to be published on the web, and be accompanied by a document that includes: an outline and reflection of the design process and outcomes.
Due dateLate Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1(1-1,2-3), 2(2-4), 3(2-2), 4(3-2)

Academic integrity

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.

Resource materials

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.

Risk assessment statement

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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