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  • Web Design 1
    This course introduces students to (X)HTML, emphasizing semantic use of elements and the benefits of using standards-based, valid code. The use of CSS is discussed to separate content from presentation in order to decrease maintenance time, speed up development, improve download speed, and design capabilities. Students will employ web standards concepts to create a small brochure-ware website that uses global style sheets.
  • Web Design 2
    In this course students learn advanced (X)HTML and CSS techniques to create sophisticated web page layouts that adhere to the W3C’s guidelines. Microformats will be used to create semantically meaningful, portable content.
  • Accessibility
    This course provides the student with a foundation in designing accessible web sites, which apply Universal Design concepts to accommodate individuals with visual, auditory, speech, motor control, and cognitive disabilities. Students will design, and test web pages for compliance with accessibility guidelines (such as WCAG 2.0), and legal requirements (such as Section 508). Coding techniques for accessible (X)HTML and CSS are emphasized. Other topics include accessibility issues related to Adobe PDF, Adobe Flash, scripting, mobile devices, and rich media captioning.
  • DOM Scripting 1
    This course introduces students to basic programming concepts through the use of ECMAScript (JavaScript) and the Document Object Model. Students will learn the history ECMAScript, and its role in contemporary websites and web applications. Basic and intermediate scripts will be created to solve common interface problems. Students will learn to evaluate existing libraries and scripts so that they can make informed decisions about their applicability for a given task. Students will learn best practice, unobtrusive DOM Scripting techniques.
  • Findability
    Students will explore strategies that drive traffic to a website, help users find content within a website, and encourages return visits. Search engine optimization methods (SEO), marketing strategies, traffic analysis, and theory surrounding search behavior will be discussed. Students will investigate the relationships between Usability, Accessibility, Information Architecture, Marketing, and Findability in order to implement strategies for creating findable content.

Courses in Progress

  • Web Design 3
  • DOM Scripting for Designers
  • DOM Scripting 2
  • DOM Scripting 3
  • Development for Mobile Devices

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