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FIT1012 Website authoring - Semester 1, 2011

This unit will develop the basic concepts of website authoring, from design to implementation. Students will develop skills in creating digital content which is authored to deal with the particular issues of web publishing. The unit will examine HTML/XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the W3C Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript as the fundamental website authoring suite. Also skills for incorporating images, audio and video into websites will be covered. In addition HTML embedded script languages, will be used to create dynamic database driven content. The unit will also introduce wider W3C standards, web usability and web design specification.

Mode of Delivery

  • Berwick (Day)
  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Sunway (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


For this unit, you will need to make the following time commitments:

  • a two-hour lecture
  • a two-hour tutorial
  • 6-8 hours of private/group study per week (at a minimum)

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of tutorial classes to pass this unit.

Unit Relationships


CPE1003, MMS1402, MMS9401

Chief Examiner

Kirsten Ellis

Campus Lecturer


Kirsten Ellis


William Lay

Contact hours: Mon 2-3; Tue 3-4; Wed 2-3; Thu 11-12


Yeap Boon Han



Kirsten Ellis


William Lay

Matt Kairys

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the characteristics of commercial web sites and the authoring/management issues associated with them including dealing with clients in a variety of situations encountered in the tendering/authoring process and addressing copyright;
  • have knowledge of the features and applicability of a range of software tools which are used in the development of websites;
  • understand internet standards and protocols, in particular the impact of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards in this area;
  • have an understanding of website usability issues;
be able to create and manipulate digital content for websites, including basic images, audio, video and animation;
  • have the ability to code web pages using standard HTML/XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript and the DOM;
  • be able to write HTML embedded script code to produce dynamic database driven web documents;
  • have the skills to produce design specification documents applicable to a web site authoring task, and
  • have developed the teamwork skills needed to work as a member of a project team.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    HTML/CSS Website 20% Week 7 (Friday 6pm)
    Group Project 20% Week 12 (Friday 6pm)
    Work Requirements 20% (4 x 5%) Weeks 4, 6, 9 and 11
    Examination 1 40% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    The teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning, equipping you with the ability to apply skills upon completion.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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    Required Resources

    The unit covers the following software:

    • Adobe Dreamweaver CS4/CS5 
    • Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5 

    All software will be provided in computer laboratories (if you wish to have after-hours access, this can be arranged with ITS). Alternatively, students may use their own computer with their own copies of the software installed.

    Software may be:

    • Purchased at academic price at good software retailers
    • Trial versions of software are available from publishers' websites

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Unit Introduction & Key Concepts  
    2 07/03/11 HTML & Web Standards  
    3 14/03/11 CSS Formatting  
    4 21/03/11 Working with Colour, Images & Rich Media Work Requirement 1 due
    5 28/03/11 CSS Layout & Positioning  
    6 04/04/11 Website Testing, Forms & JavaScript Basics Work Requirement 2 due
    7 11/04/11 Browser Scripting with JavaScript Assignment 1 due
    8 18/04/11 Document Object Model & Web Servers  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Scripting using ColdFusion Markup Language Work Requirement 3 due
    10 09/05/11 Structured Query Language & Forms Data  
    11 16/05/11 File Manipulation & AJAX Work Requirement 4 due
    12 23/05/11 Web Hosting, Search Engine Optimisation & Publishing Assignment 2 due
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      HTML/CSS Website
      A 5-page informational website designed to W3C standards.  To be undertaken individually.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Site aims

      • Definition of target audience
      • Statement of site and user goals
      • Suitability to target audience

      Technical criteria

      • XHTML validation using thw W3C validator
      • Appropriateness of XHTML structure
      • Application of CSS
      • Degradability of CSS
      • File naming and arrangment
      • Adaptability to various screen sizes
      • Cross-browser compatability

      Visual design

      • Overall visual concept
      • Appropriate use of images in design
      • Layout of page elements
      • Use of conventions and metaphors
      • Branding (colours, logos, look & feel)

      Information architecture

      • Overall site structure
      • Clear content heirarchy
      • Accessibility of navigation
      • Readabilty of content
      • Search engine optimisation
      Due date:
      Week 7 (Friday 6pm)
      Submission by upload to Studentweb.
    • Assessment task 2
      Group Project
      A commercial website for a retail company, accessing a product database.

      Work to be undertaken in a group of two or three members, with each member taking a specific role in development. 
      Criteria for assessment:

      The final mark you recieve will consist of:

      • An overall shared group mark (50%)
      • An individual mark based on your assigned development role (50%)

      Business management

      • Overall information structure
      • Organisation of files
      • Text content accuracy and proof-reading
      • Image content quality and suitability
      • Overall site accessibility

      Graphic design

      • Overall design concept
      • Company branding and logo design
      • Page layout design
      • Formatting using CSS
      • Typography design

      IT managament

      • Retrieval and display of products table
      • Additional ColdFusion functionality
      • Application of JavaScript functionality
      • User input validation for forms
      • HTML validation to W3C standards
      Due date:
      Week 12 (Friday 6pm)
      Submission by upload to Studentweb.
    • Assessment task 3
      Work Requirements
      There will be 4 minor work requirement tasks.
      20% (4 x 5%)
      Criteria for assessment:

      Fulfilment of basic requirements, and completion of additional tasks.

      Due date:
      Weeks 4, 6, 9 and 11
      Submission by demonstration during lab sessions.


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website:
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


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    Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual, second edition By Matthew MacDonald, O'Reilly, 2008

    Foundation Website Creation with CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript By Jonathan Lane, Steve Smith, Meitar Moscovitz, Joseph R. Lewis; friends of Ed, 2008