What is Website Development?
Website development is a comprehensive course which covers concepts in web development and hands on training in using Dreamweaver web development software. Concepts covered include: web development cycle, usability & accessibility, ethics and other topics.
Note: If you just want to create a web page and don't care about learning the overall concepts associated with developing web sites, don't take this course! There are plenty of free web site and blogging sites that have predefined templates and wizards where you just drop in your content, which require no knowledge of web site development. Go use them and don't waste your time with this course.
However, if you want to learn how and why of creating web sites from the ground up and create your own layout and visual appeal, then this is the course for you!
When and Where
For Spring 2016
- Distance Learning Section: Lessons may be completed anytime, anywhere according to the class schedule, but you MUST set aside time each and every week to complete the lessons and assignments. This course is sequential and skipping weeks will cause you to fall behind.
Recommended preparation for course
Needed Computer Skills
Before taking this course you should be proficient in the following skills:
- File Management Skills
- Navigating to folders
- Copying, moving, deleting files
- KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE SAVING YOUR FILES
- Working with compressed folders (zipped files)
- Common User Access Skills
- Selecting text, images and other elements
- Copying, cutting, pasting
- Saving files
- Opening files
If you don't have these skills, please drop the course and take ICS100 or ICS101 first.
- Strong reading and comprehension skills - or ability to use screen readers
- Critical/logical thinking skills
Textbook & Software
Online resources will be posted to the course calendar instead of a print textbook.
Your choice of one of the following software programs.
- Microsoft Expression Web 4 is available only for Windows operating system. It is available for free from Microsoft (This link downloads the program)
- To run on Macs, Windows must be installed in Bootcamp or Parallels.If you don't already have Windows on your Mac, Windows can be purchased and installed in Bootcamp.
- Text Editor or other coding tool. You may also elect to take this course by creating websites by typing in the codes. The first assignment for this course is an exercise in coding, so you can see if you like it. Coding can be more time consuming and frustrating.
- If you already have previous versions of Dreamweaver - CS4, CS5, CS5.5 or CS6, you may use one of those. Unfortunately, these versions are not available for purchase.
- Dreamweaver CC - this is a monthly subscription from Adobe. Single App subscription. If you won't be using this program after the class be sure not to get a monthly plan which allows you to cancel at anytime rather than an annual plan in which you are committed to 12 months. As a student you can also get the entire Adobe CC suite BUT you have to sign up for an annual plan. - The one year subscription ($239) can be purchased through the UH system bookstores.
- Note: It's cheaper to purchaase and install Windows on a Mac and use Expressions Web than to purchase Adobe's annual subscription.
Distance Learning Section
Students who succeed in distance learning classes, set aside time each and every week to work on the course. These students do the lessons before completing the assignments, email questions to the instructor, and do not wait until the due date to work on lessons and assignments. Also check UH email frequently (at least several times a week.)
It is easy to get behind in a distance learning class, if you skip a week. Then it can become overwhelming to get caught up.
If Laulima is down or slow (such as Sunday nights) the lessons, exercises and website project instructions can be accessed directly from the ICS107 calendar on my website.
The instructor of this course LOVES questions. She never thinks that any question is stupid. She thinks that students who ask questions are SMART. Students who ask questions - SUCCEED. So if you think that if you ask questions that the teacher will think you are dumb or be upset with your questions, forget those worries. Asking questions not only helps you to succeed in class, you also help teachers learn how to improve their courses by students asking questions. So...