DIS1704 - Web design - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Mr Domenico Mazza

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to principles of web design. File formats, colour modes, image resolution and bit depth, and preparation of images for on-line delivery. The development, status and potential of delivering information and graphics over digital networks using computers. Variations on network types including Internet and Intranets. Protocols, set-up and file formats commonly used. Motion graphics and on-line delivery of multimedia documents are also covered.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be able to prepare multimedia documents suited to on-line delivery
  2. Be able to identify the different technologies for web design, including mark-up languages, interactive multimedia formats, video/sound streaming, and database systems
  3. Understand web page construction and principles, file and site management, and web design for accessibility and usability
  4. Be able to use text, images, animation, sound and digital video as multimedia elements in electronic documents
  5. Be familiar with colour mode and resolution requirements for a range of electronic media
  6. Be aware of a variety of file formats, and be able to optimise a media file for a particular application
  7. Be able to understand the role of web design in multimedia.


Major projects (50%)

Exercises (50%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including: 1 lecture hour, 2 studio hours and 9 hours of independent study

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


MMS1402, FIT1012