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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS7026
Module NameAuthoring for Digital Media
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtSemesters 1 and 2
Contact Hours

Semester One – 22 one-hour lectures, 20 hours assignments
Semester Two – 11 two-hour lectures, and 22 one-hour lectures, 30 hours assignments

Module PersonnelAssistant Professor Nina Bresnihan
Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
Design and build valid, accessible websites for delivery on all digital platforms
Have a thorough understanding of XHTML, HTML5, CSS3
Build websites using HTML5 and CSS3 for delivery on all devices
Understand how to design an information architecture for designing websites

Learning Aims
  • This module teaches the basic skills required for designing and implementing websites.
  • It will introduce the standard mark-up languages used on www along with CSS.
  • In the First Semester, students will learn how to develop basic websites using HTML5 and CSS3.
  • In the Second Semester, more advanced web authoring skills will be taught and strategies for designing and implementing interactive applications for delivery on all digital platforms including mobile phones and tablets and desktops

Students will learn the fundamentals of developing Information Architectures and designing intuitive navigation systems.

Module Content

Semester 1: Introduction to Web Authoring

  • Introduction to Markup Languages
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Web Standards and Accessibility


Semester 2: Web design & development

  • Comprises a combination of short lectures, discussions and tutorials.
  • The lectures will cover the designing for different browsers and devices, audio and video Integration, social media integration, implementation on CMS platforms.
  • They will also introduce a design methodology, which will be adopted (or adapted) by groups during the project implementation phase of the semester.

A project is set for completion during the semester. (Exact dates are contingent on Academic Calendar) This will be a group project (group membership: minimum 3, maximum 5).  The remainder of the semester will comprise tutorial meetings with each group with required deliverables each week.

Recommended Reading List

Defensive Design for the Web, Matthew Linderman and Jason Fried (Author)  Publisher: 37 signals

A Practical Guide to Designing with Data,  Brian Suda and Owen Gregory

CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Andy Budd, Simon Collison and Cameron Moll

Designing with Web Standards (3rd Edition) by Jeffrey Zeldman and Ethan Marcotte

jQuery in Action, Second Edition by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz

Responsive Web Design, Ethan Marcotte, A Book Apart

Information Architecture  for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites, Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld

Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Dan Cederholm and Ethan Marcotte

Module Prerequisites


Assessment Details

Assessment is by Continuous Assessment throughout the year

Assignments for Continuous Assessment include:

  • A series of HTML & CSS development projects

Website Group Project (Semester Two) : Marks for the project are based on attendance, participation, engagement, delivery of required project materials week to week, and presentation and critique session at project’s end. Late or non-delivery of required material to set deadlines will incur penalties.

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Academic Year of Data1718