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Lay the groundwork in this introductory course to build effective websites optimized in design, structure, usability, and accessibility. Discover the fundamental principles of visual design and user experience to build webpages that are aesthetically pleasing and intuitive to navigate.

The course guides you through the website design process, from identifying your content strategy and information architecture, to choosing a layout and other design elements such as visual hierarchy, whitespace/negative space, color, and typography.

Learn how to launch a website by selecting a domain host and website address. The course also introduces the three main website languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Average weekly commitment: 3+ hours. Total course commitment: 12+ hours.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the significance of web standards and The Web Standards Project.
  • Describe the ‘mobile-first’ approach to web design and compare how different browsers, computers, and mobile devices interact with the web.
  • Understand current best practices and conventions in UX design and appraise various websites for structure, design, usability, and accessibility.
  • Identify and describe different design principles that contribute to an effective interface design (UI Design), including alignment, colour, white space, and visual identity.
  • Explore various website layouts and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Summarize the process of publishing a website, including selecting a domain host and URL address.

Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Web Design

Module 2: Web Standards

Module 3: User Experience (UX) and User Interface Design

Module 4: Layout and Design

Evaluation Method

Graded

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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93032

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