ah teaches web design and dev

Course Syllabus

This provides a detailed breakdown of IAT-339: Web Design & Development, what you can expect of it, and the expectations of you. On this page you will find:

Course website

Course materials are available through SFU Canvas and the instructor's website.


Andrew Hawryshkewich
Room 2816, Podium 2, SFU Surrey

Teaching Assistant(s) (TAs)

Omid Alemi
TA for labs D101, D102.

Email Rules

Please allow up to two business days for responses. We may reply sooner, but we also may not. For speedier response times, please include:

  • The subject contains "IAT-339:"
  • The message contains your full name.
  • The message contains your lab number (D100 or E100 are not labs).
  • A clear question.

Please remember that We do not provide design critique via email. If you are looking for critique please visit office hours or arrange a meeting time via email.

Labs and lectures

A reminder that attendance is required and random grade-affecting checks will be held both in lab and lecture. Please also know your lab number.


Fridays, 10:30-12:20pm
SFU Surrey, Room SUR 5360
Lecturer: Andrew Hawryshkewich (ac.ufs@h_werdna)


Lab D101
Fridays, 12:30-2:20pm
SFU Surrey, Room SUR 3100
TA: Omid Alemi (ac.ufs@imelao)

Lab D102
Fridays, 2:30-4:20pm
SFU Surrey, Room SUR 3100
TA: Omid Alemi (ac.ufs@imelao)

Course Description

Theory and implementation of web media from a design perspective. Students will design and develop interactive 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

Learning outcomes expected for students include:

  1. Identify and analyze user purpose and experience in accessing web content.
  2. Prioritize and assess platform specific considerations in user's expectations of web design.
  3. Develop and analyze user requirements for the web for a variety of users.
  4. Critically analyze affordances of different web design paradigms and explain potential uses.
  5. Develop, implement and critique solutions to web design problems.
  6. Apply current industry web design standards (eg. coding practice, search engine optimization), tools (eg. file versioning, wireframing), and content management systems
  7. Classify legal and ethical issues in publishing content on the web.


Graded items in this course will typically make use of a rubric to define grading criteria. While every effort will be made to clarify the rubric and criteria, please make sure to bring up any questions you may have about the rubric before a project comes due. Also pay attention to the late/problematic submission and plagiarism policy, as they can come up in grading as well.

The graded items in this course include:


Participation will be checked at random points through the term. Each participation check will be an equally weighed portion in 5% of your final grade, and participation can only be excused for legitimate reasons (i.e. doctor's notes, large calamities, emergencies). When in doubt, email Andrew.


As part of the course there are a variety of lab-work assignments that require attendance and participation in the lab. These assignments help to improve project work by offering further opportunities for feedback on code, your projects, or a different approach to improving your projects.


There are three in-lecture quizzes — two on readings, one on coding — that assess understanding of the theoretical and technical content of the course. All materials covered in the lecture or readings can be tested and hints are provided randomly in-lecture as to quiz questions.


There are the following projects in this course:

  1. Process — 10% (Individual)
  2. Company — 30% (Group)
  3. Portfolio — 30% (Individual)

Projects use knowledge learnt from all components of the course, so active attendance and participation in the course is important as a result.

Late or Incorrectly Submitted Deliverables

Late deliverables receive 10% per day late starting immediately after the deliverable is due. Allow yourself sufficient time to submit deliverables without incurring late penalties.

Files incorrectly submitted to Canvas — for example, submitting a PDF that cannot be opened — will receive a penalty on the resubmitted file of 30% plus 10% per day not resubmitted after you were contacted about the problematic submission. For example, if you do not resubmit the file until two days after you were notified the penalty will be 50%. It is your responsibility to ensure that your deliverables make it in on-time and can be accessed.

Grading Scale

All the grades in this course tally to 100% to make it easier to track progress through the term. To translate the percentage to a letter grade, this course uses the SIAT standard grading scale for final letter grades:

  • 95% > A+ < 100%
  • 90% > A < 95%
  • 85% > A- < 90%
  • 80% > B+ < 85%
  • 75% > B < 80%
  • 70% > B- < 75%
  • 65% > C+ < 70%
  • 60% > C < 65%
  • 55% > C- < 60%
  • 50% > D < 55%
  • 0% > F < 50%


Please note that the following — according to SFU policy 4.1.2 — constitutes plagiarism:

  1. Submitting or presenting the work of another person, including artistic imagery, as that of the student without full and appropriate accreditation;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.

Other Items

Other course-related items that are important to include as part of this syllabus.


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.


You will be allowed to select your groups for any teamwork in this course. In lieu of group evaluations, process deliverables for each project are graded individually, so each team member is responsible for completing their own work. Consider your group member options carefully.

Lab Switching

It is not permitted to change labs unless under special circumstances. You must first speak with Andrew for permission before attending another lab. Please keep in mind that there must be a lab opening with nobody on the waitlist to be able to switch labs (often unlikely).

All Courses Are Equal

Please remember that all courses are created equal, no one course should monopolize all your time at the detriment of your other courses. If you should find yourself in such a situation, please let your instructor know sooner rather than later.