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Final Project

CS110 – Intro to Computers, Fall 2002

 

Due Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 (by end of class session)

The final project is worth 100 points and accounts for 15% of your final grade.

 

Overview

This assignment is intended to provide you with some practical experience with the HTML and Web Design material discussed in the classroom. It is also intended to assist you in creating an initial presence on the World Wide Web, for those of you who do not have a personal website today, which you can continue to enhance after completion of this course.

Requirements

The requirements are meant to be a guideline for the development of your website. The premise is that your website is about you. There is enough flexibility in the specifications to allow you to personalize the site to your own preferences, thereby creating an image or “brand” that reflects your message, audience and tastes.

 

The following table lists the requirements for the site, and the grading for each element:

 

Task

Points

Home Page

5

Resume Page

5

PC Configuration Page

5

3 additional web pages

15 (5 ea.)

Email Link

5

Links to other sites

on at least 2 pages

10

(5 points per page, up to 10 points)

Graphics

On at least 2 pages

(clip-art, images, illustrations, etc.)

10

(5 points per page, up to 10 points)

Consistent Navigation (menu)

(including creation of a logical structure for the site content)

15

Content (length, quality)

25

Following Instructions

5

Total

100

 

Your project will be scored, in large part, based on the existence, or absence, of the required elements (approx. 70 points). However, your site will also be judged on the quality of the content on each page. There is a saying in the industry that “content is king” or “content is everything”. This phrase reflects the concept that the information provided on a site has greater value than the graphics or technical bells & whistles. That is not to say that attention to the interface or good design is not important as well. The implication here is that your ability to earn a high grade on this project will be based on the effort that you put into it and your attention to detail (approx. 30 points).

 

You may submit your project for grading by sending me an e-mail (at midaigle@hartford.edu) containing the URL address of your website. Be sure to test all the links on your site to ensure that they are functioning properly before submitting your work. (I recommend that you confirm I am able to access your site with me, either personally or via e-mail).

Design Options

In an effort to help you visualize what your site might look like, I offer the following examples.

 

Example 1

The figure below represents a website that utilizes a structure based on 3 major sub-sections. Such a structure might be appropriate if you wanted to present a complete picture of your skills, interests and background (much as you would in a resume).

 

The home page would present a link to navigate to each section. Ideally, these links would be implemented as a menu so that it could be repeated on every page, thereby providing a way for the user to easily navigate to each main section from anywhere on the site. As seen in the figure below, the student’s resume and academic work would be placed within appropriate areas of the site.

 

(Note: this diagram represents a logical representation of the site structure. There may be additional links that are not represented in the diagram. For example, the author might include a link to the resume page from the Personal Interests or Academic Work page).

 

 

 

 

Example 2

The structure of this example indicates a focus on a student’s academic experience. Although there is a page dedicated to personal information, the objective of the site might be the presentation of work samples from various disciplines or related to a student’s declared major and minor programs of study.

 

In this example, a menu might focus on enabling the user to easily navigate between subjects as well as including links to the “About Me” page and back to the home page. In addition, it might be logical to include a link on the “About Me” page to the student’s resume and vice-versa.

 

Other Design Options

You may implement one of the above examples or design a site based on a different set of objectives, and consequently containing different content and structure. In fact, your website does not need to be about you. You may build a site that serves a different purpose, such as a site for an organization that you belong to or for a fictitious business. However, if you are considering this option, you must get approval from me first. I will require a site diagram, such as those above, and a brief description of the site objectives (e.g. intended audience, type of information provided, etc.) so that I can determine the grading criteria.

 

Remember: this project is worth 15% of your grade in this course.

 

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