For this class, each student will create a website project consisting of 6 web pages (It's OK to have more, but I will only grade 6 pages). The project is broken into several milestones, which are designed to take the student from planning through building a web site to testing and publishing online. Sites will be posted to a web server which is provided for the duration of the semester.
The skills needed for the website project are presented in the step-by-step exercises. The project has specific criteria that must be met, but there are no step-by-step directions. You must be able to apply the concepts and skills to an open format. This simulates a work environment where you need to be able to apply skills learned to new situations and where there are no step-by-step directions.
- Students will work individually to create a web site that contains at least 6 pages. Each page should have at least 3 paragraphs or equivalent (other media or images can count toward paragraphs 2 images would equal 1 paragraph though each page should have at least one paragraph). In addition content for each page must justify it being an additional page.
- Each website should contain at least two images, but you don't need to limit yourself to only two.
Web site project will be broken down into milestones.
- Milestone 1: Defining & planning your site, analyzing similar sites.
- Milestone 2: Design and develop the structure and implement the first pages
- Milestone 3: Add additional pages and more features and develop the visual design.
- Milestone 4: Finish the site
- Milestone 5: Test and evaluate other student's websites
In addition you will need to submit your topic before Milestone 1 and part of the content before working on Milestone 2 and the rest prior to Milestone 3.
Students are encouraged to work on a web site for business, non profit organization, or educational purpose. From past experience, I have found that it is easier for students to obtain content elsewhere rather than creating their own content. If you wish to create your own content, you should begin writing immediately or already have the content.
- Other suggestions:
- An organization to which you belong or with which you are familiar.
- Workplace or a department within your workplace.
- Small business which you have permission from the business
- Other possible project topics
- Well defined hobby or interest
- Research paper which you've completed for another class
If re-doing an existing site. You must have some connection to the organization or otherwise have permission. Don't just find a site online and decide to re-do it. That is copyright infringement and is not permissible.
If you prefer not to come up with your own web site, the instructor will provide you with the content. You will not, however, earn the points for content submission. E-mail the instructor prior to completing Milestone 1 to ask for content.
- Incorporating E-commerce is beyond the scope of this class. An informational site that can later be developed into an E-commerce site would be acceptable
- Vanity web sites will not be accepted as a project. (Vanity sites are sites which are concerning yourself.) In the past students have struggled to come up with enough content for this type of site. Content is required.
- Any projects presenting illegal activities or links to illegal activities will be given a score of 0.
- Plagiarism (copying the work of others and presenting it as your own) will earn a score of 0. Content may come from others with permission. Web page construction must be your own.
- No page wizards or pre-designed templates or frameworks may be used.
- Please ensure that your site is not offensive to anyone in the class including the instructor.