Web Desgin I - III Course Sequence Description
In this three-course sequence, students will learn how to create professional-quality websites using modern open-source content management system (CMS) software. This software is very powerful and easy to learn but difficult to master - this is where this course sequences comes in.
The course series is divided into 3 courses that need to be taken in order. MMST131a is the pre-requisite for MMST131b which is in turn a pre-requisite for MMST131c. Students who wish to skip ahead in the sequence will need to request permission from the instructor and submit work samples.
Early in the course sequence, students are introduced to several content management systems and are given the freedom to choose the one that best meets their needs and circumstances.
Creating working web sites to solve a range of communication and business problems requires some guiding principles. These classes provides students with this framework and the means to put these principles into practice. In each course of the series, students will build two working websites meeting requirements that become more difficult as students progress through the course sequence.
Web Design I, MMST131a
This first class in the series introduces the basic concepts, issues and techniques related to creating websites using modern Content Management software.
Students will be introduced to several content managements systems and will choose one to learn its basic workings and capabilities. Students will demonstrate proficiency of their chosen software by using it to create several simple, one-page websites. Students will then plan an original website and begin building it out.
Required website elements covered in this class include:
How modern CMS software works, basic website design, site backup, media editors, adding video and graphic media, basic page and menu construction, and how to add basic extensions to the core software.
Web Design II, MMST131b
n this course students learn how to incorporate advanced plugin software into two required websites. They will be introduced to more advanced web design concepts and be required to build more sophisticated and complex web pages representing advanced web design principles
Required elements for 131b include:
Site backup and security, SEO and social media, site analytics, forms and email list management, and more.
Web Design III, MMST131c
In this course students will master all the techniques and skills introduced in the first two courses in the creation of two Professional-quality websites containing advanced site components including, eCommerce, custom themes supporting sophisticated page layouts, social media, site analytics, and search engine optimized content.