Undergraduate Distance Education

Jim Clauson's
CAPP 498D Course Syllabus

Course Description:
Hands-on experience designing and delivering professional Web content. Topics include using comprehensive tools and the latest technology to enhance the Web presence of a small business. Focus is on multimedia and interactivity. Online commerce and Internet security issues are discussed. Assignments include a comprehensive, 12 page web site development project. Prerequisites: CAPP 385 and 386, or equivalent.

Course Materials:
Required Books
Niederst Web Design in a Nutshell O'Reilly 1-56592-515-7
Fleming Web Navigation O'Reilly 1-56592-351-0

Course Objectives:
After completing this course, you should be able to:
  • review Web design characteristics and incorporate them into a comprehensive project
  • identify, select, and implement sophisticated Web design features
  • contrast Web utility software for a small-business Web site
  • design an effective Web site for a small business
  • develop and maintain a high-level Web site
  • evaluate Web site designs and make recommendations for improvements

Course Modules:
This course consists of the following modules:
  • Module 1: The Design Process Overview
  • Module 2: Web Site Design Process
  • Module 3: Making Your Site Accessible
  • Module 4: Designing for Maintainability
  • Module 5: Designing for E-Commerce
  • Module 6: Near-Term Future of Web Technology

Course Grading:
CAPP 498D does not require a final examination. Your grade will be based on your execution of the assigned projects and your participation in conferences.

The standard UMUC grading scheme is shown below:

Grade Points
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D

Course Project(s):
The major project is a Web site which must include:

  • a splash or entry page
  • an 'About This Site' page explaining the basis for the site
  • a privacy statement page
  • a copyright statement page
  • a site map page
  • 5 additional html pages on at least two different levels below your splash page for 10 pages overall minimum
  • viewer interaction (e.g., A form where your viewer can deliver information to you.)
  • two javaScripts, with you choosing the purpose (e.g., automating last update notation)
  • external, embedded and inline CSS
  • a self search capability
  • server side includes
  • multi-media (e.g., audio clips, animated graphics)

Sites shall be tested using the latest versions of IE, Navigator, and Opera - with formatting differences explained.

Course Schedule:
Please refer to the Web Tycho for scheduling specifics

Course Facilitator:
Jim Clauson, CyberEducator

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