Ever wondered what makes a good web page? The thing that all successful web products have in common is that they are all well designed and functional – in other words they look good and serve a purpose.
The aim of this core unit is to give you the knowledge and skills you need to be able to produce attention-grabbing web products. This unit gives you the knowledge and skills that you need to produce attention-grabbing and interactive web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. You need to take this unit before you start any optional units. You will learn how to use web-authoring software to combine elements such as text, images and multimedia assets into an effective web product, designed for a specific purpose and audience.
In addition to this practical unit, you will also complete a variety of online activities, and compile your work in your OneNote binder for submission for grading purposes.
Software Web-authoring software - For example:
• Adobe Dreamweaver
Image manipulation software - For example:
• Adobe Fireworks
• Adobe Photoshop
Office applications - For example:
• Google docs
• Microsoft Office
Website Critiquing - For example:
Websites Best Designs – TheBestDesigns
Design Shack – DesignShack
This unit gives students an introduction to web authoring. Most students will already have considerable experience of websites and other web products as users, however, they may not have given much thought to what makes a good website. They should be encouraged to look critically at a variety of web products for different audiences and purposes. It is important that students investigate aspects of successful design, including content, structure, navigation and interactivity.
The design process is crucial to the success of a web product. Students need to understand the requirements of a client brief and be able to translate those requirements into a coherent web product. This will involve taking responsibility for the planning, design and construction of the web product.
Students should be able to understand how to source content for a web product, as their web pages will require a range of information in different formats such as text, images and multimedia. Although they will need to be able to optimise images and embed audio, video and animation files, students will not be expected to create assets of their own.
Students need to gain experience of using web-authoring software to create page templates, design page layouts and develop a website that functions as intended.
Students must be encouraged to regard testing as an integral part of the development process, checking both functionality and usability and incorporating feedback from suitable users.
The ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the finished product will enable students to identify and communicate improvements to their web products.