LIS 523 - Web Design and Architecture

This course is intended to complement a course in managing Internet information services (such as LIS 525) by dealing in more detail with the design and architecture of small to medium-size Web sites. Subject matter includes criteria for good design and usability, basic evaluation methods, design tools, relevant aspects of information architecture and graphic design, site documentation, and accessibility.

This offering of the course is entirely in alternate mode: there are no scheduled classes or labs. Students will be expected to be able to post to online discussions sometime on Wednesday or Thursday of each week.

Students will need to have use of a personal computer running a version of Windows from 98 through XP with adequate privileges and an Internet connection Broadband is recommended but not required. Software that will be used, with the exception of OpenOffice.org 2.2, is not known to work in Windows Vista, and FIMS provides no support for Vista at this time.

In preparation for the course, they should install the following freeware (links will be provided on the course Web site):

Marks will be assigned for the following: 10% for an evaluation of the design of an existing Web site; 4% for a page wireframe; 4% for a site structure diagram; 8% for an architecture style guide; 24% for the final Web site; 22% for participation in online course discussions; and 28% for other small weekly assignments.
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Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario
Canada, N6A 5B7