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Monash University

FIT1012 Website authoring - Semester 1, 2014

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

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Malaysia (Day)
  • South Africa (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


CPE1003, MMS1402, MMS9401

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


William Lay

South Africa

Christopher Salerno


Judy Anne Sharmini



William Lay


Judy Anne Sharmini

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Previous feedback has highlighted the following strengths in this unit:

  • A broad range of practical techniques are covered
  • Opportunity for creative application of skills

As a result of student feedback and unit review, improvements have been made to this offering:

  • More coverage of upcoming standards
  • Adjustments to length of tutorial exercises
  • Adjustments to assessment to focus more on correct application of HTML structure
  • Increased focus on encouraging good programming practices
  • Increased focus on client-side web development

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

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.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit Introduction & Key Concepts  
2 HTML & Web Standards  
3 CSS Formatting Work Requirement 1 Due
4 CSS Positioning, Background Images & Typography  
5 Colour, Image Formats & Embedded Rich Media Work Requirement 2 Due
6 Using CSS3 Assignment 1 Due (Friday 6:00pm)
7 Website Testing, Forms & JavaScript Basics  
8 Browser Scripting with JavaScript  
9 Document Object Model Manipulation Work Requirement 3 Due
10 Introduction to jQuery  
11 jQuery Manipulation, JSON & Data Storage Work Requirement 4 Due
12 Search Engine Optimisation, Publishing & Web Hosting Assignment 2 Due (Friday 6:00pm)
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

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.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1: HTML/CSS Website 20% Week 6 (Friday 6pm)
Assignment 2: Group Project 20% Week 12 (Friday 6pm)
Work Requirements 20% (4 x 5%) Weeks 3, 5, 9 and 11
Examination 1 40% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle Requirements

Students must achieve at least 40% on the practical and exam components to pass this unit.


Assignment 2 and Work Requirement 3 are conducted as group assessment tasks.

Due to the nature of group work in this subject, students are expected to attend at least 80% of classes.

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

    Criteria for assessment

    Site aims

    • Site topic meets assignment criteria
    • Definition of target audience
    • Statement of site and user goals
    • Suitability to target audience

    Technical criteria

    • Markup validation (XHTML 1.0 Strict)
    • Appropriateness of markup structure
    • Application of CSS
    • Accessibility without CSS
    • Adaptability to various screen sizes
    • Cross-browser compatibility
    • File naming and arrangement

     Visual design

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

     Information architecture

    • Overall site structure
    • Clear content hierarchy
    • Readability of content
    • Accessibility of navigation
    Due date:
    Week 6 (Friday 6pm)
    Submission by online upload. A penalty of 5% per day will be applied to late assignment submissions.
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2: Group Project
    A website for a fictional company, using HTML, CSS and JavaScript to dynamically display product information. To be undertaken in groups of two students.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The final mark you receive will consist of:

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

    Content Structure

    • Organisation of files
    • Content and HTML structure
    • Accessibility of content
    • Accessibility of navigation
    • Web browser compatibility

    Graphic Design

    • Branding and logo design
    • Page layout design
    • Application of CSS
    • Application of typography
    • Application of images

    IT Management

    • HTML validation to W3C standards
    • Use of JavaScript to display products
    • Use of JavaScript for user input validation
    • Application of original JavaScript functionality
    • Application of third-party JavaScript functionality
    Due date:
    Week 12 (Friday 6pm)
    Submission by online upload. A penalty of 5% per day will be applied to late assignment submissions.
  • Assessment task 3
    Work Requirements
    There will be 4 minor work requirement tasks, due at various times throughout the semester.
    20% (4 x 5%)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Regular work requirement tasks will be used to test students' understanding of concepts throughout the semester:

    • Correct application of semantic HTML structure
    • Application of CSS and images
    • Website planning documentation (group work - a shared group mark will be awarded for this requirement)
    • Application of JavaScript functionality
    Due date:
    Weeks 3, 5, 9 and 11
    Some tasks will be submitted by demonstration during tutorial sessions. Failure to demonstrate your work during the timetabled tutorial sessions may incur a penalty for late submission.


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Hurdle requirements:
    Students must achieve at least 40% on the exam to pass this unit.
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Other: Solutions to work requirement tasks

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

For all assessment in this unit, any material that is not the student's own original work must be referenced. This includes (but is not limited to) use of the following:

  • Text content
  • Image, audio, video or other rich-media content
  • Scripting code and document markup
  • Template resources for content, code or other media

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

The unit covers the following software:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5-CS6/Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5-CS6/Creative Cloud

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

Recommended text(s)

Joel Sklar. (2011). Principles of Web Design. (5th Edition) Course Technology (ISBN: 1111528705).

Jonathan Lane, Tom Barker, Joe Lewis, Meitar Moscovitz. (2012). Foundation Website Creation with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. (1st Edition) friendsofED (ISBN: 1430237899).

Matthew MacDonald. (2011). Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. (3rd Edition) O'Reilly Media (ISBN: 144930172X).

Other Information


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Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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