Syllabus for the Summer 2022 version of IAT-339Web Design & Development
Your lecturer and teaching assistant (TA)
The Summer 2022 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 may be able to answer questions about code via email or course chat depending on the complexity. We do not provide design critique via email or course chat. Please arrange a meeting or attend office hours for design critique or complex code questions.
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.
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.
What to expect if you (a student) or the teaching team cannot attend the class in-person due to illness.
You (the student) is feeling ill
Please stay home. No doctor's note is needed for short term (5-day) absences from class. To keep up with course materials:
- You can watch the recording when feeling better.
- Contact your instructor or TA to arrange an alternative time to receive lab feedback.
- Check-in on the course chat to pose follow-up questions on the lecture or labs as needed.
If you will be missing class for more than a week or will be missing a major deadline please email Andrew to discuss accommodations.
Lecture and labs
Attendance in lecture and labs is strongly recommended but not required this term.
Lecture will be available in-person. Recordings will be made available within two business days after lecture.
IAT-339 lectures are held:
Lab times will be used for critique and working on code exercises.
Please remember your lab number.
- Time: Tuesdays, -
- Room: SRYC 3100
- TA: Alfredo Sherman (ac.ufs@namrehs_oderfla)
- Time: Tuesdays, -
- Room: SRYC 3100
- TA: Alfredo Sherman (ac.ufs@namrehs_oderfla)
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 GitHub Desktop)
If you have a preference for another type of software you are welcome to use it as long as it allows you to complete project requirements.
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.
Instead of in-lecture quizzes on the readings, reading reflections are used in this course to allow for more flexible completion.
The coding quiz is completed in-lecture late in the term. More details on quizzes are provided in the first lecture.
Participation items are short code or practice exercises meant to help get feedback early and quickly on coding and design practice.
You will be allowed to select your groups for any teamwork in this course. Reflections are used to establish clear expectations between team members as well as provide a means of leaving the team (if needed). Consider your group member options carefully.
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. — 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:
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. In this course a zero will be applied to the complete grade of a project that plagiarizes. 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%|