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WEBD300 - User Interface Design

Course Details

Course Code: WEBD300 Course ID: 4866 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course presents the principles and skills for how to design effective user interfaces for websites, with an emphasis on designing for mobile technologies. This course covers the content for the Certified Internet Web (CIW) User Interface Designer certification in the Web and Mobile Design Series. Emphasis is on how to apply key usability concepts and user analysis techniques; how to design for multiple platforms using suitable color schemes, formatting and topography; and how to collect information from customers, users, and market analysis to better address ease-of-use and to enhance website experiences for mobile users. (Prerequisite: WEBD121)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

This course requires disciplined independent practice and individual completion of assignments. Although Distance Learning provides you with a flexible schedule to meet your professional, personal, and academic responsibilities, you are expected to follow the syllabus and submit assignments on time and on schedule. Assignments and initial forum posts may be submitted up to one week late, but will lose 5 points per day late. For forum initial posts, this means Thursday of the week following the due date. Follow-up posts will not receive any credit if posted after the due date (Sunday of the discussion week). After one week past the due date, assignments and initial forum posts may not be submitted for credit. All work must be submitted by the end of the class session. No assignments will be accepted after the class end date.

Important Note: Due dates for all forums and assignments are in Eastern Time! No exceptions. If you live in another time zone, plan accordingly and be aware of the time difference to ensure that you submit all of your work by the Eastern Time Zone deadlines each week.

Reading Assignments

Each week, you will be assigned chapters from the class textbook to read. You will be evaluated on your understanding of the material in your readings through your forum contributions, assignments, and final project. In order to grasp the weekly course objectives and participate fully in the discussions, it is highly recommended that you read each week’s assigned reading chapters before participating in the week’s forum discussion and completing your weekly assignments.

Supplemental Readings

Students are encouraged to research weekly topics on the Internet and use their research findings in their forum posts and weekly assignments to support their points.

Forum Participation

Each week you will be expected to participate in a class discussion on the forum. Each week’s discussion questions can be found on the forum itself. Each one of you will have different and unique experiences and points of view related to the topics that we are learning each week, and we can all learn from each other by sharing our thoughts and ideas together on the forum. Your participation in the forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week, allowing time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue.

Forum Timing: Your initial post, with your answers to the week’s questions, is due by 11:55 PM ET on Thursday each week, to allow adequate time for your classmates to read and reply to your posts. Your two follow-up posts are due by 11:55 PM ET on Sunday. Between Thursday and Sunday, be sure you read all of the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification posted by your classmates or your instructor. In your posts, you are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Initial forum posts may be submitted up to one week late (Thursday of the week following the initial due date), but will lose 5 points per day late. Follow-up posts will not receive any credit if posted after the due date. After one week past the due date, assignments and forum initial posts may not be submitted for credit.

Forum Guidelines:

  • Your initial post in each forum, answering the week’s discussion questions, is due by 11:55 PM ET on Thursday each week.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 250 words of your own writing (not including your reference list).
  • Do not include my questions or discussion prompts in your post. You may number your answers, but your post should contain only your own original writing (the 250-word minimum is based only on your words in the post).
  • Write in complete sentences and full paragraphs and avoid using lists of any kind in your posts.
  • Your initial post must be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Include your own personal experience related to the topic being discussed. If you do not have prior experience with web development, describe your experiences with learning web development each week in this course.
  • You should also conduct research on the topic of discussion using outside sources, but use attribution to give your source credit.
  • Write in your own words and avoid copying and pasting from other websites.
  • If you do quote from a source, keep quotations to a minimum – I would rather see you express your own understanding of what you learned from your sources, in your own words.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55 PM ET on Sunday each week.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 150 words each.
  • For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by addressing the student you are replying to by their name.
  • Responses to classmates must be significant in content, to advance the discussion forward. Your responses should add additional insight to the discussion or challenge your classmates’ opinions.
  • You are encouraged to log into the classroom several times each week to participate in the class discussion on the forum.
  • Refer to the forum and the Rubric for Grading (posted in each forum) for more details on grading. Forum postings are a significant part of your grade and I will be looking for quality and depth in your participation in the weekly forum discussions.

Exams/Quizzes

Each week you will take one or more quizzes on the CIW Resources link. You may take each quiz as many times as you wish on the CIW website, although you will only submit your highest score in the APUS classroom. You must score 75% or higher on all quizzes to receive credit for them. After taking each quiz, you will need to take a screenshot of your score on the CIW website and submit the screenshot (image file) of your quiz score along with your assignment each week, in the Assignments area of the classroom. Important Note: Your screenshot must be an actual image file (.jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, etc.) and not a Word file. In order to receive credit for each quiz you must create an actual screen capture (image file) and not simply copy and paste your score.

Assignments

You will have an assignment due each week in this course. They will consist mostly of the creation of original Web pages, applying what you have learned each week. These assignments are designed to give you hands-on practice in designing Web pages with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Most weekly assignments will require you to create a Web page from scratch, applying the techniques you learned in that lesson, or to modify and build on Web pages that you created in previous weeks. Detailed instructions for each assignment will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom at the beginning of each week.

Final Project

You will have a Final Project due at the end of Week 8. Detailed instructions for the final project will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom at the beginning of Week 8.

Standards for Original Work:

All work submitted must be original work. Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in you failing the assignment, and repeat incidents will result in failing the course. I check forum posts and assignments regularly for incidents of plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Please read and understand the University policy on academic dishonesty (Plagiarism Policy). When writing about ideas learned from your sources, you must summarize the ideas in your own words (rather than using direct quotations from your sources). Be sure to provide appropriate citations and references on your forum posts and assignments to give credit to your sources for the ideas you are paraphrasing and writing about, even though you will not be directly quoting from your sources.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Quizzes 26.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 2.89 %
Week 2 Quiz 2.89 %
Week 3 Quiz 2.89 %
Week 4 Quiz 2.89 %
Week 5 Quiz 2.89 %
Week 6 Quiz 2.89 %
Week 7 Quiz 2.89 %
Week 8 Quiz Lesson 8 2.89 %
Week 8 Quiz Lesson 9 2.89 %
Assignments 35.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 3 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 6 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 7 Assignment 5.00 %
Final Project 15.00 %
Week 7 Assignment: Final Project Due WK8 15.00 %

Software Requirements

  • Any graphic Web Browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox, Opera 8, Google Chrome)

You will use the Certified Internet Web (CIW) Professionals Online Resources, which works well using Microsoft Edge, FireFox or Google Chrome browser. You may still use Internet Explorer, but you may experience a few problems viewing the videos.

  • Any text editor (Notepad, Notepad++)

Additional Resources

Additional resources will also be embedded in the weekly Lessons.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

http://www.w3.org/

Book Title:CIW User Interface Designer Academic Student Guide with Practice Exams - e-book available inside the classroom
ISBN:9780742334014
Publication Info:CLASS-CIW
Author:CIW
Unit Cost:$70.07
Electronic ISBN:ECT02CDUIDSPR1601
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.