: Web Site Design And Implementation

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Assignment 1: Web site design and implementation
Effective communication is at the heart of web-based development. In this assignment you are asked to design and implement a web-based resource, focusing on a particular communication problem that would be best-addressed through the medium of the Internet. You may choose any problem area for your study, the only restriction being that the material contained in your site should be acceptable in legal and ethical terms (i.e. it should not contain content of a defamitory or offensive nature, such as pornographic or racist material etc.). The submission is divided into four parts:

1.        Project definition
2.        Site plan
3.        Implementation
4.        Evaluation        

Parts 1,2 and 4 should be compiled into a single report, submitted with a cover sheet through the usual channels. Part 3 must be viewable on the student web server (Calcott) from the date of submission. The URL for your site should be clearly stated in the header of your report.

1: Project definition

This part of the submission should describe the background to the application area you have chosen, and explain the information transfer and communication problems that your web site aims to address.

You should provide a profile of the target user group and explain the nature of the information to be communicated to them through your website. You should justify the need for, or advantages of, a web-based solution in this case (as opposed to alternative approaches such as, say, traditional paper-based methods) and describe (using specific examples) how the use of multimedia will help in achieving your objectives. Within this section of the report, you should also make it clear that you are aware of, and fully understand, the legal and cultural issues surrounding your choice of domain and web development in general.

2: Site plan

This section of the report should outline the web solution to the problems you have identified in Part 1, including:

·        a detailed specification of the content (text, graphics, animation, forms etc.) to be included in the site. (Note that material imported from external sources must be referenced.)
·        an outline of the technical resources required to achieve the solution (e.g. software and hardware required for content production or site implementation) and any special viewing requirements.
·        a map of the site indicating the navigational properties of the resource.

In addition, you should clearly identify 3 items (1 section of text, 1 graphical component and 1 animated or interactive component) that will be given special consideration within your implementation. These will be used to assess your content creation skills and must be entirely your own work.

3: Implementation

The site is to be published on the student web server, Calcott (http://calcott.mis.coventry.ac.uk/). A minimum of 5 web pages are required. There is no upper limit to the number of pages your site may contain however the total site should not exceed 15MB in size. The pages should demonstrate your ability to create and incorporate a variety of content, including elements of text, graphics and other multimedia (e.g. 3D graphics or VRML, animation, audio, video) in a web site. As stated in Part 2, special attention will be given to 3 marked elements that particularly demonstrate your practical skills. These must be clearly identified within both the design and implementation.

4: Evaluation

You should provide evidence that you have evaluated your site in terms of usability (e.g. cross-browser compatibility), readability and content (e.g. via feedback links, questionnaires etc.).


In general, marks will be awarded for good organisation and presentation throughout, as well as demonstration of technical understanding and practical ability.

1.        Project definition
In this part of the assignment we are looking for the clear identification of a web-based communications requirement, and the appropriate choice of (and justification for the use of) internet and multimedia technology in solving the problem.

Criteria for a pass (40%):
Description of problem domain, target user group, and information to be included on the site. General discussion of factors relating to the development, including legal and cultural issues.

Criteria for an excellent mark (70%):
Evidence of originality. Good domain choice, well described with full justification for selection. Critical choice of multimedia elements related to the communication problem. Evidence of substantial research into legal and cultural issues associated with web development, illustrated using specific examples from the problem domain.

2.        Site design        
Here we are looking for the demonstration of a clear understanding of internet and multimedia technologies. This needs to be accompanied by good site structure to attain best results.

Criteria for a pass (40%):
Description of the main content and development plans. Site map. Identification of 3 content elements for special consideration.

Criteria for a good mark (70%):
All elements of the site well described with full referencing of external resources and discussion of appropriate technologies for content creation and viewing. Substantial evidence of consideration given to navigation, readability and usability issues.

3.        Implementation
In this part of the assignment, we will principally be looking at the overall presentation and functionality of the site. Not all of the elements need to be original, but those that are not should be referenced in the report. However, 3 elements must be of your own creation. We do not expect professional standards to be achieved in the creation of graphical media based on the material covered in this module. In the assessment of these original components, we will be considering the application of design concepts and technical principles (e.g. optimisation) introduced throughout the course, rather than purely technical skills.

Criteria for a pass (40%):
Site deployed on Calcott and the correct URL supplied. All required elements implemented and clearly identified.

Criteria for a good mark (70%):
Site fully functional with the majority of the content original. Flawless navigation. Consistency of approach on all pages. Text well-structured and grammatically correct. Multimedia elements serve a clear purpose within the site, optimised appropriately.

4.        Evaluation
Marks here will be awarded according to approach and the extent to which you have tested the site in terms of functionality and usability with a group of users.

Criteria for a pass (40%):
Functionality testing of the site explained. Usability requirements of the target user group considered.

Criteria for a good mark (70%):
Evidence of systematic functionality and usability testing. Presentation and detailed analysis of results.
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