About the CourseENGH 375 + 507: Web Authoring and Design
Spring 2016, January 20 - May 4
W 7:20 - 10:00pm, IN 326
Robinson A 115A
W/Th 6:00 - 7:00pm, and by appointment
We will approach authoring for the World Wide Web from a variety of perspectives. We will look historically at patterns and trends that have shaped the Internet and the web and how these patterns and trends characterize the web today. We will look critically at how individuals, businesses, government organizations, and others construct and distribute knowledge within and through electronic spaces. We will look rhetorically at a variety of web sites to better understand effective-and not-so-effective-web design and to identify trends in digital design and information architecture.
We'll learn to apply rhetorical principles as both heuristic and method for the design of websites. We'll explore design as a key element of web authoring. And We'll learn to code--both HTML and CSS.
We will then apply these principles and practices by designing our own web spaces (working in raw code as well as composing with website editors), and by capturing, creating, and manipulating graphics. And, most importantly, by reflecting upon and writing about the choices we make as we select among available technologies and approaches to perform web-authoring tasks.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- make sound and informed technical, rhetorical, and design-related choices
- apply sophisticated strategies for web writing and digital content development
- critique, update, and troubleshoot web sites you have created
- continue to develop your skills in designing and creating web sites