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Web Design (GRD263)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides students with a solid basis in the theory and practice of website design and in part web development. It focuses on a holistic approach to the design and production of web sites. As a result the whole web design production pipeline is examined in detail, from the client questionnaire, to interpreting a brief, to personas, wireframes, design comps, front end coding, SEO, web standards, and responsive design until we end up with beautiful and fully functional website.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Design and build a responsive pixel perfect website using CSS and HTML and or Bootstrap.
2. Critically assess design principles in relation to web sites
3. Apply web standards to web design/development
4. Manage the design and production of creative work
Timetabled Learning Activities Online lecture; media laboratories: 2.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is iterative and project based in which students will design and build a responsive website for a fictional client. The labs involve the application of graphic design processes and the integration of valid HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript toward the development of a beautiful and functional responsive website. Students will follow a holistic website development process beginning with, interpreting a creative brief, building mood boards, iterating design composites, pixel perfect PSD to HTML translation, JavaScript animations, integrating search engine optimisation practises, responsive design solutions and the integration of web standards valid code.
Assessment Assessment and feedback are iterative in that each assessment will cumulatively build on the next toward the successful design and development of a responsive website . Students receive feedback through, in class discussion, written assignments, student group work and online assignment feedback and discussion. Students will also be expected to read additional technical articles and analyse contemporary website design. There are four types of assessment as follows: Creative Brief and Design Comp 20%, Homework 20%, Wireframe and Web Design Critique Forum 10%, Finished Website worth 50%.
Prerequisites IDD118 / GRD118 Introduction to Graphic Design
Exclusions Students who successfully completed MCC263/WEB263 Web Design may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Strategic Communication (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Mark Cypher
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2240
e: M.Cypher@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.072 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Mark Cypher
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2240
e: M.Cypher@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.072 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
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