An ANU semester is 13 weeks (same as an ACS one). So dividing this in half gives six weeks for each half (assuming the thirteenth week is for revision). For the web half of the course I had five topics:
Refining the "wanted" list more:
- The Web Environment
- Chapter 1. Web Standards
- Chapter 2. Designing for a Variety of Browsers
- Chapter 3. Designing for a Variety of Displays
- Chapter 5. Accessibility
- Chapter 6. Internationalization
- The Structural Layer: XML and (X)HTML
- Chapter 8. HTML and XHTML Overview
- Chapter 9. Document Structure
- Chapter 10. Text Elements
- Chapter 11. Creating Links
- Chapter 12. Images and Objects
- Chapter 13. Tables
- Chapter 14. Frames
- Chapter 15. Forms
- Web Graphics and Media
- Chapter 28. Web Graphics Overview
- Chapter 29. GIF Format
- Chapter 30. JPEG Format
- Chapter 31. PNG Format
- Chapter 33. Audio on the Web
- Chapter 34. Video on the Web
- The Presentation Layer: Cascading Style Sheets
- Chapter 16. Cascading Style Sheets Fundamentals
- Chapter 17. Selectors
- Chapter 18. Font and Text Properties
- Chapter 20. Color and Backgrounds
- Chapter 21. Floating and Positioning
- Chapter 22. CSS for Tables
- Chapter 23. Lists and Generated Content
- Chapter 24. CSS Techniques
- Chapter 25. Managing Browser Bugs: Workarounds, Hacks, and Filters
- Chapter 36. Printing from the Web
- Section 26.1. A Little Background
- Section 26.4. Event Handling
- Section 26.5. The Browser Object
- Section 26.6. Where to Learn More
The Social Environment
- Lecture 9 - Topic Analysis and Essay Writing
- Lecture 10 - Ethics and the IT Professional
- Lecture 30 - Copyright.
Hmm I think it is course designs like this that make most websites technically efficient, functionally frustrating and aesthetically challenged.
No mention of the client or the user or the experience. Try considering design as a human experience, not a bunch of code.
Red said January 19, 2009 6:43 PM:
"... course designs like this that make most websites technically efficient, functionally frustrating and aesthetically challenged.
No mention of the client or the user or the experience. Try considering design as a human experience, not a bunch of code."
This is a web design course for computer scientists, software engineers and information systems people, so it emphasises technicalities, not aesthetics.
I agree that many web sites are functionally frustrating, but my experience is that this is made worse because they are not technically efficient. By making web sites which are designed to load quickly and run on lots of different devices, that should make the user experience better.
My approach is to tell the techncial people that they should leave the aesthetics of the web site, such as colours, to someone else, with those skills. They should instead concentrate on things like making sure the web pages meet accessibility standards.
In the tutorial exercises I get them to test web sites,. I use my experience of testing the Sydney Olympics web site and providing evidence in the Human Rights Commission as an example.
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