This special topic course helps understand how one of today’s most popular blogging / content management systems is used to build websites and publish content on the internet. Students will utilize extensible components combined with CSS and HTML to customize web design templates.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES:
The goal of Web Design for WordPress is to understand how one of today’s most popular blogging / content management systems is utilized to build websites and publish content on the internet. To successfully complete this course:
- Students will acquire practical knowledge of WordPress, an internet-based software application used to create online content.
- Students will examine contemporary open-source trends for building and maintaining a content management system.
- Students will utilize extensible components combined with CSS and HTML to customize web design templates.
- Students will build a functional website that is interactive, easily maintained, and adheres to current web standards.
COURSE EXPECTATIONS: The principal means of instruction for this class will be through hands-on work, assigned readings, discussion, and lecture. Demonstrations will be used when appropriate and practical exercises will reinforce the class lectures. Individual student exploration and problem-solving are expected.
Assignments will include a variety of technical components, which will vary considerably in terms of the amount of time required to complete. You must be prepared for class on a daily basis. If you have prior experience that is closely related to the course content, notify the instructor immediately.
COURSE WORK: Student evaluation is based on the following academic criteria / percentages:
- Daily Assignments (40%): Hands-on exercises, quizzes, discussions, and/or written assignments will be assigned and completed on a daily basis. Basic understanding of the content presented in class and the goals/objectives of these assignments must be demonstrated.
- Research Assignment (20%): Although this class does not have a textbook, you will be responsible for academic research & exploration. You will be required to research an additional Topic, Trend, or Technique related to the course. Students must submit present their finding to the class.
- Final Project (30%): You must create a functional website with personalized content to demonstrate your understanding of the course.
- Participation (10%): You are expected to work during each class period and participate in class discussions, activities, and exercises. Participation scores will be based on your daily interaction in class, as well as your attendance.
Assessment is based on a student’s ability to retain, discuss, and apply the concepts introduced in class that meet the objectives of the course. All course work must be submitted electronically through Blackboard in order to receive credit. Grades will be posted on Blackboard for each assignment. All students will receive a Midterm Grade and a Final Grade.
Do not assume that showing up to class and handing in the required course work will give you high marks. Earning an A indicates that your work is exceptional; You attend class, understand the concepts, push the boundaries, participate regularly, and contribute to an active learning environment. You will have to work for an A.
This is an abbreviated syllabus for all majors (any level)