COMP20030 Web Design

Academic Year 2021/2022

Website design involves the planning, production and maintenance of website content. Key topics covered here include: HTML syntax, composition, and validation; cascading style sheets (CSS); dynamic scripting using both JavaScript and PHP; site planning and visual information management; digital image formats; responsive design; basic server management; and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Please note that any student taking this module must have their own laptop. This module requires no prior background in web design. While not mandatory, some prior exposure to programming is advantageous.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
(1) Provide markup for various HTML elements, attributes and values associated with the representation of web page content (e.g. text formatting, lists, tables, canvas, and media components).
(2) Use CSS to effectively control the presentation of websites (e.g. apply consistency and control page layouts).
(3) Develop scripting for user interactivity and website maintainability.
(4) Differentiate between alternate image formats that are appropriate for web use.
(5) Use standard web authoring tools.
(6) Understand the importance of consistency, structure, and aesthetics of design and how to achieve these.
(7) Make good decisions in relation to SEO.
(8) Demonstrate understanding of current W3C standards and recommendations when planning, designing, and publishing a website.
(9) Have a working knowledge of web hosting options (e.g. dedicated hosting, VPS, shared hosting) and permission settings.

Indicative Module Content:


Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Task-based learning (weekly assignments); lectures; project deliverable; MCQ examination; EOS examination featuring critical thinking. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
IS30020 - Web Publishing, IS40310 - Weaving the Web, MIS10040 - Web Design and Analytics, MIS30120 - Advanced Web Development, RDEV30040 - IT and E-Business

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: Written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Mid-term Assessment Week 7 n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Weekly lab practicals on topics related to the preceeding lectures Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Website Development Project Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback on weekly assignments guiding students for their work on project deliverable (for end of semester). Mid-term examination grade sent to students individually. End-of-semester examination results disseminated through SIS in end of semester results.

Name Role
Dr Duncan Wallace Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Michelle Duggan Tutor
Amanda Hegarty Tutor
Mr Eoin OhAnnagain Tutor
Maha Riad Tutor
Mr Karl Roe Tutor