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Web Development – Summer 2015 – Jul/28/2015
August 10, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - August 24, 2015 @ 9:30 pm$800
WEB DEVELOPMENT – SELF RELIANCE
Mondays & Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Summer 2015
Instructors: Based on availability
Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, Main Board Room
Having a website with the inability to make basic modifications and add content for your business is no longer enough for today’s small business owners. Micro and Small business owners alike need to have a strong foundation and practical understanding of how websites and their basic applications are utilized. This class does not aim to make you full-time coders (though maybe you’ll want to peruse after!) or require any previous web development experience, but we do want you to come away with key development skills. You should also be able to collaborate more effectively with web developers and to continue learning on your own.
Students will learn about the various areas of website development and the fundamental technologies used to organize and design web pages. Students will set up and customize their own self-hosted website using Linux based platform. Readings, hands-on demonstrations, self-learning tutorials and assignments will be the basis for instruction.
By the end of the class, students should be able to:
- Understand the fundamental concepts and technologies in modern web development
- Set up, customize and maintain a self-hosted site using C-Panel Linux based platform
- Set up, customize and maintain email databases
- Set up, customize and maintain a 5 Page WordPress Website
- Understand how to use themes and plugin applications
- Understand how to purchase and utilize media and content legally for web sites
- Communicate more effectively with web developers
- Continue to learn and teach yourself design or other technical skills
There is no required text books for this course. Instead, the instructor will assign selected readings throughout the course. Students will be expected to read materials before class, add content and media when assigned and discuss in class. Students should post any questions to course blog.
Required: Access to a laptop computer (not a tablet) where you can install free software tools:
- Windows or Mac Based PC with admin privileges
- WiFi enabled
- local storage with at least 5 GB of free space
- Local Memory of at least 4 GB
You will be required to purchase a domain (e.g., Myfirstwebsite.com) and basic-level personal hosting space, as such you will need to have access to a Credit or Debit Card
Note: You are required to have US $125.00 funds in your Credit / Debir Card before the first class, but you are required to set up and start learning what it does and how it works.
Each class builds upon the previous class, so you risk falling behind if you miss any class. If you do fall behind, you are responsible for catching up and learning on your own.
If you have to miss a class session, let the instructor know as soon as possible. You will still be responsible for completing all the homework, assignments and projects.
CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE, CLASS PARTICIPATION AND OTHER GUIDELINES
Students should turn off all cell phones or other communication devices while in class. Class discussions should be respectful and considerate of others’ views and opinions.
Students are expected to do all the reading and any homework before coming to class in order to be ready to learn additional concepts and to apply skills to the hands-on work in class. It is also expected that computers in class will only be used for coursework. It is easy to miss important parts or not fully grasp technical concepts if you are distracted. Email is the primary means of communication outside of class for any questions. Phone calls should be arranged by email.
Students should adhere to all Cayman Islands Laws and it will be your responsibility to ensure that you are fully aware of any applicable laws as it relates to owning a website, business, and other factors that would affect you.
Unless specified, all assignments are due at the beginning of the next class.
Self-learning: Read texts, watch videos or complete tutorials as assigned.
Adding Content and Media : At the end of each class, you will be expected to research and provide content (descriptions, stories, punch lines, etc…) and media to your various assigned web pages.
Final project critiques: Evaluate your peers’ project sites. Due: Final Class
Surveys: Fill out any surveys sent out during the course. These surveys will help the instructor know where everyone stands and if any adjustments in content or pacing are needed.
Stealing someone else’s work is a terminal offense in website development, and it will wreck your career and integrity in the long haul. Students are expected to work with integrity and honesty in all their assignments. The Cayman Islands currently do not adhere to any copyright laws at the moment but, with the provisions in place and to also be good and moral citizens we should not use any content or media that is not part of our own. You will be fully responsible for all media on your website.
The syllabus may change to accommodate discussion of emerging topics. The instructor will make every effort to provide as much advance notice as possible for any alterations.
COURSE PREPARATION (Due: Sunday, Aug 09 at 5 p.m.)
Class 1 (Monday, Aug 11)
Introduction & Knowledge
- Overview of class
- Creating your Hosting account
- Purchase your domain
- Email setup and configuration
- Safety and Security
- Setting up your Hosting Platform
- Installing WordPress application
- Password Management
Assignment for Class 1:
- Think about your final website and how it will impact your business
- Email the entire class with your new email account
- Explore various media that you intend to use for your website
- Decide on / have Logo ready for upload
Class 2 (Wednesday, Aug 13)
Content and Organization
- Open Discussion – 20 Minute Limit
- Understanding Themes
- Understanding Plug ins
- Uploading a custom theme
- Understanding of modules
- Uploading media to modules
- Customization of Site specifics / Options
- Social Media (optional)
- Creating back ups
Assignment for Class 2:
- Create Social Media accounts
- Fine tune site options
- Purchase / Return with at least 1 Photo for each of your pages
- Home / Landing Page
- About Us
- Services / Products
- Contact Us
Class 3 (Monday, Aug 17)
Building your website
- Open discussion – 20 Minute Limit
- Home page creation
- Class discussion & review of home pages
- Contact us page creation
- About us page creation
- Content Management
Assignment for Class 3:
- Fine tune created pages:
- Home page
- Contact us page
- About us
- Visit everyone’s site and make contact with them through contact us page
Class 4 (Wednesday, Aug 19)
- Open discussion – 20 Minute Limit
- Gallery page creation
- Class discussion & review of Gallery pages
- Service page creation
- Product page creation
- Future Page development framework
Class 5 (Monday, Aug 24)
Optional – Additional Class if all objectives were not met
- Cover Topics that were difficult to understand
- Sharing of additional information to further your web page
- Explore sites, take notes
Assignment for Class 5:
- Explore sites, take notes
- Write a critique with constructive feedback for each site and send to instructor by Thursday, Aug 27 at 9 p.m. The instructor will then compile the critiques, remove names and send by Friday night.
- Make adjustments to your project based on feedback over the weekend. Send update message to instructor when changes are finished by Sunday, Aug 23 at 5 p.m.
- Complete end-of-course survey