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January
February
March
April

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Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 4  
Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 3 Mar 10
Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 7  
Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28    

January

Week 1

Introduction
Overview of syllabus; assignments; expectations
Client/Consultant Relationship Discussion
HTML Basics

Readings:

Carey HTML Tutorials 1&2 (Look over for review)

Assignments:

Start Search for Client Project

Week 2

Analysis: Finding the information to make the best possible site – User, Client, Business, Competitor
Use of graphics on the web [Fireworks Workshop]

Readings:

Carey HTML Tutorial 3
Farkas & Farkas Ch 2
Badre Ch 1&2

Assignments:

Create a STEEL or ELLA account

Week 3

Media & Internet
An introduction to Frames & Tables
In Class Lab: Frames & Tables

Readings:

Carey HTML Tutorial 4-5
Nguyen, A. (2003). The current status and potential development of online news consumption: A structural approach. First Monday, 8(9). http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue8_9/nguyen/index.html

Assignments:

Discussion Question for Nguyen

February

Week 4

Design Rationale: Making hard decisions for the client
Conceptual Design
Information Architecture – Information Organization, Navigation, and Labeling

Readings:

F&F Ch 3 & 4
Badre Ch 3&4

Assignments:

Code Project: Frames & Tables

Week 5

Internet & Political Communication
An introduction to Forms & PHP
In Class Lab: Forms & PHP

Readings:

Carey Tutorial 6
Ullman, L. (2001). PHP for the World Wide Web. Ch 1 &3 [available in SLIS library]
McLaughlin, W. S. (2003). The use of the Internet for political action by non-state dissident actors in the Middle East. First Monday, 8(11). http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue8_11/mclaughlin/index.html

Assignments:

Discussion Question for McLaughlin
Submit Project Agreement for your Client Website Porject

Week 6

Information Architecture – Information Organization, Navigation, and Labeling
Interface Design – Information design for the web: Page layout and Site design

Readings:

F&F Ch 8
Beriswill, J. (1998). Analysis-based message design: Rethinking screen design guidelines. [available in e-reserves]
Hara, N., Ray, A., & Boling, E. (1997). Designing -- and Redesigning -- a WWW Site for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. [available in e-reserves]

Assignments:

Code Project: Forms & PHP
Node-link diagram & File structure diagram

Week 7

Intellectual Property
Basics of Cascading Style Sheets
Using CSS to structure space, and work with lists, images, color, and positioning
In Class Lab: CSS

Readings:

Carey HTML Tutorial 7
Teague Chapters 1-8; Appendix A & B
May, C. (2003). Digital rights management and the breakdowns of social norms. First Monday, 8(11). http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue8_11/may/index.html

Assignments:

Discussion Question for May
Voluntary Analysis Document Draft Call

March

Week 8

Reviewing each others site and structure
Website Evaluation Using Nielsen’s Heuristic
An Introduction to Usability Testing

Readings:

F&F Ch 6 & 7
Nielsen, J. (2003). Usability 101. Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, August 25, 2003. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20030825.html
Nielsen, J. (1994). How to Conduct a Heuristic Evaluation. http://www.useit.com/papers/heuristic/heuristic_evaluation.html
Nielsen, J. (1994). Ten Usability Heuristics. http://www.useit.com/papers/heuristic/heuristic_list.html
Optional reading:
Nielsen, J. (1996). Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design. Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for May 1996. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605.html

Assignments:

Design Draft Call

Week 9

Accessibility
Basics of JavaScript
In Class Lab: JavaScript

Readings:

Carey HTML Tutorials 8&9
Maxwell, C. (2000) (ed.). Global Trends that will Impact Universal Access to Information Resources. (paper submitted to UNESO July 15, 2000). http://www.isoc.org/isoc/unesco-paper.shtml

Assignments:

Code Project: CSS
Discussion Question for Maxwell

Week 10

No Class--Spring Break

Week 11

Usability testing for the web: Seeing what works and what doesn’t

Readings:

Badre Chapter 11 & 12
Nielsen, J. (1999). The Top Ten New Mistakes of Web Design. Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, May 30, 1999. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990530.html
Nielsen, J. (1999). "Top Ten Mistakes" Revisited Three Years Later. Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, May 2, 1999. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990502.html

Additional reading

Dumas, J.S., & Redish, J.C. (1999). A practical guide to usability testing. Ch 2 & 3 [available in e-reserves]

Assignments:

Code Project: JavaScript

Week 12

Privacy
DHTML

Readings:

Teague: Chapters 10-11, 14-15, 22, & 24; Appendix C
Helling, B. (1998). Web-site sensitivity to privacyconcerns: Collecting personally indeifiable information and passing persistent cookies. First Monday, 3(2). http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue3_2/helling/index.html

Assignments:

Discussion Question for Helling
Code Project: JavaScript

April

Week 13

XHTML & XML

Readings:

Carey XML Tutorials 1
Teague, Ch 29

Assignments:

Voluntary Usability Testing Document Draft due

Week 14

Website Maintenance
Searching Systems

Readings:

F&F Ch 12
Kavassalis et al. (2004). What makes a web site popular? The Communications of the ACM, 47(2), 51-55.
Granneman, S. (October 3, 2004). The perils of Googling

Assignments:

Reflection paper due

Week 15

Client Website Project Presentations

Assignments:

Assignment 3: Client Website Project URL

Week 16

Client Website Project Presentations

Assignments:

Assignment 3: Client Website Project Documentation


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