CIW Web Design Specialist

Hours: 288 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $3,739.00

Course Overview:

This course will be retired on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

The Web Design Specialist course teaches you how to design and publish Web sites. General topics include Web Site Development Essentials (such as the site development process, customer expectations, and ethical and legal issues in Web development), Web Design Elements (such as aesthetics, the site user's experience, navigation, usability and accessibility), Basic Web Technologies (such as basic Hypertext Markup Language [HTML], Extensible HTML [XHTML] and extended technologies, image files, GUI site development applications, site publishing and maintenance) and Advanced Web Technologies (such as multimedia and plug-in technologies, client-side and server-side technologies, and Web databases).

In this course, you will work with popular production tools such as Microsoft Expression Web, and Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash. You will study design and development technologies such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript, Java applets, Dynamic HTML, plug-ins, multimedia and databases. You will also explore the extensibility of design tools, incompatibility issues surrounding these tools, and the functionality of current Web browsers.

Web Design Specialist will also teach you to manage the Web site development process. You will learn about new technologies and traditional strategies involving the Web designer job role. Throughout this course, you will learn how Web sites are developed as managed projects, relate Web site development to business goals, and apply guidelines for user accessibility to Web site development. You will also consider site design from several perspectives. You will approach design from the Web user's perspective so that you can identify with user interests and needs. You will also assume the roles of Web designer and project manager, as you work through the Web site development process by evolving a Web presence site into a working prototype Web project. Hands-on labs include real-world scenarios based on a previously live version of the Habitat for Humanity International Web site. Note that students will build prototype pages using Habitat for Humanity content. This content is provided by Habitat for Humanity with permission to use it in labs teaching site development skills. The prototype pages that students build do not necessarily represent, duplicate or simulate the current live Habitat for Humanity Web site, which can be visited at

Course Outline:

Overview of Web Design Concepts
  • Web Technology
  • The Nature of the Web Web Design Concepts New Technologies
  • Evaluating Your XHTML Skills
Web Development Teams
  • Web Teams and Tasks
  • Web Project Management
  • Web Project Collaboration Your Web Design Portfolio Your Web Design Business
Web Project Management Fundamentals
  • Web Project Management Phases
  • Project Documentation and
  • Communication
Web Site Development Process
  • Bottom-Up Approach to Web Development
  • Understanding the Business Process
  • Defining a Web Site Vision From Vision to Strategy Web Site Specifications
  • The Metaphor
  • Mystery Meat Navigation
  • The Mindmapping Process Creating a Web Site Wireframe
  • Creating a Web Page Wireframe
Web Page Layout and Elements
  • Web Users and Site Design
  • Effective Web Page Layout
  • Branding and the Web
  • Color and Web Design
  • Fonts and Web Design
Web Site Usability and Accessibility
  • Audience Usability and Accessibility
  • Defining Usability
  • Web Site Usability Testing
  • Web Page Accessibility
  • Browsers and Navigation
  • Browsers and Design Considerations
  • Browser Adoption
  • Major, Minor and Alternative Browsers
  • Creating Aliases with TinyURL
  • Utilizing CAPTCHA
Navigation Concepts
  • Why Is Navigation Critical?
  • Primary and Secondary Navigation
  • Navigation Hierarchy
  • Site Structure, URLs and File Names
  • Familiar Navigation Conventions
  • Guided Navigation
  • Navigation Action Plan
Web Graphics
  • Web Site Images
  • Digital Imaging Concepts Raster vs. Vector Graphics Graphics Applications
  • Image File Formats
  • Creating and Optimizing Images
  • Essential Graphic Design Concepts
Multimedia and the Web
  • Multimedia and Web Sites
  • Current Multimedia Capabilities
  • Animation and the Web
  • Audio and the Web
  • Video and the Web
  • Goals of a Multimedia Site
  • Multimedia Site Design Basics
  • User Interaction
  • Selecting Multimedia Elements
Ethical and Legal Issues in Web Development
  • Ethics and Law in Web Development
  • Ethical Issues and the Web
  • Legal Issues and the Web
HTML and the Evolution of Markup
  • Function of Markup Languages
  • SGML: A Short History
  • What Is HTML? HTML Goals
  • The HTML Standard
  • HTML 1.0 and 2.0
  • HTML 3.0 and 3.2
  • HTML 4.0 and 4.01
  • Separating Format from Structure in HTML
  • Extensible HTML (XHTML) Reference Sites for Web Developers
  • What Is XML?
  • XML Goals
  • What Is an XML Document?
  • Rules for Well-Formed XML
  • HTML Transition to XML
  • What Is XHTML?
  • Applying a Single Standard Consistently
Web Page Structure — Tables and Framesets
  • Creating Structure with X/HTML Tables
  • Diagramming a Basic X/HTML Table
  • Borderless Web Page Structure X/HTML Frames and Framesets
  • The X/HTML frameset Tag
  • The X/HTML frame Tag
  • Targeting Hyperlinks in X/HTML
  • The X/HTML noframes Tag
Cascading Style Sheets
  • Style Sheets
  • Cascading Style Sheets
  • Defining and Using Styles
  • Changeable Style Attributes
  • Style Guides
  • Changes from CSS1 to CSS2
  • Page Layout with CSS
  • The CSS Box Model
  • Document Flow and Positioning
  • CSS Positioning Schemes
Site Content and Metadata
  • Written Web Site Content
  • Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Metadata
  • The Tag and Document Identification
  • The Tag and Search Engines
  • The Tag and Delayed File Change
Site Development with Microsoft Expression Web 4 — Introduction
  • The Transition from FrontPage
  • Microsoft Expression Web 4
  • Expression Web Views
  • Expression Web Menus and Toolbars
  • Opening Web Sites and Files in Expression Web
  • Developing W3C-Compliant Code with Expression Web
Site Development with Expression Web 4 — Basic Features
  • Page Layout Options in Expression Web
  • Creating a New Web Site Using
  • Expression Web
  • Page Layout with CSS
  • Inserting Images with Expression Web
  • Creating Hyperlinks with
  • Expression Web
  • Creating Image Maps with
  • Expression Web
  • Creating Navigation Bars Using CSS
  • Expression Web's Dynamic Web Templates
  • Pasting Formatted Text with Expression Web
  • Pasting X/HTML content with Expression Web
Site Development with Expression Web 4 — Advanced Features
  • Expression Web Styles
  • Adding Interactivity to Web Pages
  • Creating Web Forms with Expression Web
  • Connecting to Databases
  • Expression Web Reports
  • Options for Replacing Old Webbots
Site Development with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 — Introduction
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Dreamweaver Layout Options
Site Development with Dreamweaver CS6 — Basic Features
  • Page Layout in Dreamweaver
  • Creating Image Maps in Dreamweaver
  • Creating Templates in Dreamweaver
  • Importing Content in Dreamweaver
Site Development with Dreamweaver CS6 — Advanced Features
  • Rollover Images in Dreamweaver
  • Dreamweaver Web Forms
  • Dreamweaver Behaviors
  • Dreamweaver Assets and Library
  • Editing X/HTML in Dreamweaver
  • Jump Menus in Dreamweaver
  • Site Search Forms in Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Exchange
Creating Web Pages Using Open-Source Tools
  • Open-Source GUI Editors
  • GUI HTML Editors vs. Text Editors
  • Open-Source Text Editors
  • Creating a Static Web Page
  • Using Templates
  • Checking Spelling
Image Editing with Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Creating an Image Document in Fireworks
  • Adding Text to Images in Fireworks
  • Cropping Images in Fireworks
  • Image Layers in Fireworks
  • Image States in Fireworks
  • Transparent Images in Fireworks
  • Image Slices in Fireworks
Multimedia with Adobe Flash Professional CS6
  • The History of Flash
  • Flash Technology Features
  • Developing with Flash
  • Flash Shapes
  • Color and Fills in Flash
  • Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — Timeline, Layers, Symbols and Buttons
  • Flash Timeline
  • Flash Layers
  • Saving and Publishing Flash Movies
  • Flash Symbols
  • Flash Buttons
  • Customizing the Flash Library
Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — Tweens
  • Flash Tweens
  • Motion Tweens in Flash
  • Shape Tweens in Flash
  • Tweening Text in Flash
Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — Movie Clips
  • Flash Movie Clips
  • Adding Sound to Flash Files
  • Adding Flash Movies to X/HTML Files
  • Testing for the Flash Player Plug-In
Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — ActionScript, Masks and Practical Uses
  • Flash ActionScript
  • Mask Layers in Flash
  • Using SWF and SVG Files on the Web
  • Flash and Accessibility
JavaScript and DHTML Fundamentals
  • Why Script?
  • JavaScript and Common Programming Concepts
  • What Is JavaScript?
  • JavaScript vs. Other Languages
  • Embedding JavaScript into X/HTML
  • Using JavaScript to Communicate with the User
  • JavaScript Functions
  • Using JavaScript for Browser Detection
  • Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
Plug-Ins and Java Applets
  • Plug-In Technology
  • Plug-In Installation
  • Adobe Shockwave and Flash Players
  • Adobe Reader
  • RealNetworks RealPlayer
  • Rich Media Content
  • Creating a Downloadable File
  • Introduction to Java
  • Java Applets
  • Applets and Animation
  • Applet Authoring Tools and Resources
HTTP Servers and Web Applications
  • What Is an HTTP Server?
  • Accessing Servers and Services
  • Basic HTTP Server Administration
  • Server-Side Technologies
  • Web Servers and Cookies
  • Enabling, Disabling and Deleting Cookies
  • Setting Cookie Files
  • XML and Web Applications
  • Syndicated Feeds
  • Web Design and Databases
  • Database Anatomy
  • Database Queries
  • Database Management System (DBMS)
  • Connecting Web Pages to Databases
  • Database Tools, Products and Programs
Web Site Publishing and Maintenance
  • Web Site Testing
  • Web Site Publishing
  • Web Site Hosting
  • Web Publishing with an FTP Client
  • Web Publishing with Expression Web
  • Web Publishing with Dreamweaver
  • Comparing Web Publishing Tools
  • Maintaining Web Sites
  • Web Server and Web Site Security

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **