Undergraduate Degree



DM3000 Web Design

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 4.0]




Academic Unit


4 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To introduce students to the practice-based essentials of the front-end design and development of web design solutions.


This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of front-end web design. The students will develop an understanding of website and web application structures and be introduced to the basics of web based interfaces. They will be introduced to markup code and its effect upon the deign process. They will also be introduced to the importance of the user and how user needs impact upon the design and function of contemporary web applications.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• XHTML syntax & structure

• Tables & Slicing

• Web Application Preparation & Planning

• Users, Interface and Navigation


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• CSS theory, syntax and techniques

• Intro to uses and basics of Ajax/JSON


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will have learned the basics of web design and be familiar with how code can be used as a creative medium within the practice of web design. The student will be familiar with the essentials of web site development and with project development in general.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments

    • Textbooks/References​

      1. Eric Meyer, CSS: The Definitive Guide, O'Reilly Books

      2. www.webpagesthatsuck.com

      3. www.csseltie.com

      4. www.w3.org​