Syllabus for the Summer 2021 version of IAT-339Web Design & Development
Your lecturer and teaching assistant (TA)
The Summer 2021 teaching team is:
Email and conduct rules
Please make sure to follow our email and conduct rules when emailing or chatting with your instructors or fellow students.
Please allow up to 2 business days for responses. We do not provide design critique via email. Please arrange a meeting or attend office hours for design critique.
To make our responses faster, please include the following in your email:
- Your full name.
- The course number (IAT-339).
- Your lab number.
- A clear question.
As the course will be purely online this term we will be offering an online chat service for students to make use of as part of the course. Sign-up for the service is available through the course Canvas site.
Please treat our online interactions the same way you would in-person interactions. As a teaching team we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone in this class, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment of any form is not tolerated. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate in this class.
SFU's complete student conduct policy is available online.
Lecture and labs
This course is being held entirely remotely for Summer 2021.
Condensed, pre-recorded lectures on course theory and concepts will be made available on a weekly basis. The course lecture timeslot will be used for live code tutorials, project/coding support, completing readings and answering questions.
IAT-339 lectures are held:
Lab times will be used for critique. If you are in a timezone that makes it difficult to attend lectures or labs, please email Andrew.
Please remember your lab number.
Students are not allowed to attend or change labs without permission of the lecturer (Andrew). There has to be an opening in a lab with nobody on the waitlist before being able to change labs.
IAT-339Web Design & Development course description
Advanced theory and implementation of web media from a design perspective. Students will design and develop web media that focuses on communication and design issues for a variety of users. This course will address design methods and approaches for technical aspects such as content management, responsive design, and server-side support.
Learning outcomes expected for students of the course:
- Identify and analyze user purpose and experience in accessing web content.
- Prioritize and assess platform specific considerations in user's expectations of web design.
- Develop and analyze user requirements for the web for a variety of users.
- Critically analyze affordances of different web design paradigms and explain potential uses.
- Develop, implement and critique solutions to web design problems.
- Apply current industry web design standards (eg. coding practice, search engine optimization), tools (eg. file versioning, wireframing), and content management systems.
- Classify legal and ethical issues in publishing content on the web.
All course materials are available through SFU Canvas. Most course materials are also available on the instructor's website.
All readings in this course are provided as online readings or as PDFs through Canvas or the SFU Library. A listing of readings is also available on the course website.
For this term you will need access to:
- A laptop or tablet
- A code editor (we will use Visual Studio Code)
- A web browser (we will use Chrome at the start of the term)
- An FTP client (we will use Cyberduck)
- A git client (we will use GitAhead)
If you have a preference for another type of software you are welcome to use it.
Projects and assessments
Below is an overview of course projects and assessments for IAT-339.
Projects use knowledge learnt from all parts of the course — readings, lectures, tutorials, etc.
For this term reading quizzes will instead be reading reflections. The coding quiz will be modified for easier remote completion. More details will be provided in the first lecture.
Participation items this term will be code exercises meant to help get feedback early and quickly on coding practice.
There will be no requirement to work on teams this term, but if you would like to work with another student on a project please email Andrew.
This course is worth three units. This means you can expect to spend 6-9 hours per week on coursework — for example readings, projects, assignments, etc. — not including time in lecture or labs.
Please remember that other three-unit courses share a similar workload. No one course should take time away from your other courses. If you find this course is requiring work above 9 hours per week please email Andrew.
Graded items in this course will usually make use of a rubric to define grading criteria. While we try to make the rubric and criteria clear and understandable, please make sure to bring up any questions you may have about the rubric before a project comes due.
When submitting projects please pay attention to the late/problematic submission policy and plagiarism policy.
The graded items in this course include:
- 5% — Participation
- 25% — Quizzes
30% — Group Projects(switched to individual projects to make project work more manageable during the pandemic)
- 70% — Individual Projects
For participating in SIAT research studies you can receive up to an additional 2% on your grade. 1% is given per study participated in. Confirmation email from the lead researcher indicating your participation is required before final course grades are released.
Items submitted late receive 10% per day late starting when the deliverable is due. Please allow yourself sufficient time to submit deliverables without incurring late penalties.
Submitting files that cannot be opened or are not in the specified form is considered problematic. Penalties are as follows:
- A penalty of 20% is applied immediately to problematic submissions and students are notified via email about the problem with their submission.
- For every day after being notified about the problematic submission with no reply from the student an additional 10% penalty is applied.
- For example: if the file is not resubmitted until two days after being notified the penalty will be 40%
Please note that according to SFU policy 4.1.2, the following constitutes plagiarism:
- Submitting or presenting the work of another person, including artistic imagery, as that of the student without full and appropriate accreditation;
- Copying all or part of an essay or other assignment from an author or other person, including a tutor or student mentor, and presenting the material as the student's original work;
- Failing to acknowledge the phrases, sentences or ideas of the author of published and unpublished material that is incorporated into an essay or other assignment.
Plagiarism will result in a grade reduction or school disciplinary action at the instructor's discretion. For further reference and clarification, please see SFU's academic honesty policy or ask Andrew for clarification.
Concerns with grades
Any concerns with grades or grading should be brought up with Andrew. Please email Andrew to start a grade review. Reconsideration of grades may result in a grade being raised, lowered, or remining unchanged.
Concerns should be emailed to Andrew within 10 days of the release of the grade as described in SFU's policy on Grading and the Reconsideration of Grades (T20.01 section 2.4).
All the grades in this course tally to 100% to make it easier to track progress through the term.
This course uses the SIAT standard grading scale for final letter grades:
|Letter grade||Percentage range|
|A+||95% to 100%|
|A||90% to 95%|
|A-||85% to 90%|
|B+||80% to 85%|
|B||75% to 80%|
|B-||70% to 75%|
|C+||65% to 70%|
|C||60% to 65%|
|C-||55% to 60%|
|D||50% to 55%|
|F||0% to 50%|