Web Fundamentals & Web Design
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Learning outcomes of course unit
Students acquire the fundamentals of the development of web applications and web-sites. The basic knowledge for designing appealing and functional web applications and websites is also taught.
The graduates are able to:
- Understand and execute the development process for Web applications,
- Use the basic technologies of the World Wide Web (HTTP, HTML, CSS),
- Adapt Web applications for different device classes (Responsive or Adaptive Web Design),
- Systematically develop the information architecture of a web application (sitemap, navigation structure, user guidance),
- Understand the relevant design principles of web design in terms of colors, shapes, typography, multimedia, and
- Design appealing applications according to the relevant design principles of web design
prerequisites and co-requisites
The subject of this introductory course is the technological fundamentals of the web and all implementation technologies (HTML, CSS) that are important in this context. Students are introduced to the entire development process of a web application (design, wireframing, implementation, testing, operation and maintenance), with a special focus on the interface between web design and web programming.
The main focus is on omnipresent web technologies that are widely used, such as the HTTP protocol for the communication between web server and client, HTML and CSS as primary tools for the presentation aspects on the client side.
Fundamentals of Internet programming, page coding with the markup and markup language HTML, basic formatting, tables, forms, CSS fundamentals (structure of CSS files, selectors, simple formatting options, dynamic presentation effects) are taught.
Students are also taught how to create appealing websites and web applications. In addition to the technological standards, this also includes specialist knowledge from the fields:
Layout and perception, typography (readability and font formats), color theory (color schemes and effects), the use of media content (sound, animation).
recommended or required reading
- Ertel, A.; Laborenz, K.: Responsive Webdesign: Konzepte, Techniken, Praxisbeispiele. Das Standardwerk in 3. Auflage!, Rheinwerk Computing, 2017
- Wolf, J.: HTML5 und CSS3 - Das umfassende Handbuch, Rheinwerk Computing, 2019
- Krug, S.: Don't make me think!: Web Usability: Das intuitive Web, mitp Business, 2014
- Grant, K.: CSS in Depth, Manning, 2018
assessment methods and criteria
Term papers and/or final examination
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planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of tasks
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name of lecturer(s)
Carmen Sommer, BA, MSc, Ricardo Gantschnigg, BA, MA
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