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Writing for the Web

Course Code: PRFU 2340
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Print Futures
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides an overview of the context and practices of writing, designing, and producing sites for the Web. Students will gain an understanding of the writer’s role in the collaborative-team approach to website development.

Course Content

  1. Basic Website Development Skills
    Successful students will:
    • complete a cognitive analysis of how users move through information
    • analyze the writer’s role in the collaborative team approach
    • examine the ethical issues of writing for the Web (e.g., copyright, surveillance, freedom of speech)
    • learn basic storyboarding skills for websites
    • practise the skills of minimalist writing
    • study screen design
    • learn how to construct an audience analysis for a website
    • analyze end-user information needs
    • learn project management for websites
    • learn basic html and image manipulation using a suitable software program
    • learn file management, conversion, transferring, handling graphics and text
  2. Individual Website Production
    Successful students will:
    • create and maintain a web log
    • learn what makes a good/bad website
    • write, design, and produce a personal website
    • learn a web page software program (e.g., Dreamweaver)
  3. Collaborative Website Production
    Successful students will:
    • develop a concept for a website (e.g., product or event promotion, informational, services)
    • understand the roles within a website development team
    • examine additional uses of hypertext/linking for the Web
    • plan for content development/acquisition
    • plan and implement the structure of the site
    • plan a promotional strategy for the site
    • test and debug the site

Methods of Instruction

The course will include a combination of lecture and laboratory classes.  The emphasis will be on learning by doing.

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, ability to meet deadlines, presentation skills, and accurate self-evaluation.

Evaluation will be based on this general format:

Dreamweaver exercises 10%
Web log 30%
Individual website project 20%
Group website project 30%
Professionalism (as defined) 10%
  100%

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to write, design, and produce websites. They will also be introduced to key trends and issues (e.g., ethical, cultural, technological, economic) in writing for the Web.

course prerequisites

PRFU 1350 or permission of the coordinator

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.