Fall 2020 - IAT 339 D100

Web Design and Development (3)

Class Number: 7802

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    IAT 235 and IAT 265.



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.


This course presumes you are prepared and willing to learn how to design the front-end of websites and code them by hand using HTML and CSS. If you are stronger in either aspect (designing or coding), the challenge for this course is for you to become stronger in the opposing aspect.

You will also be expected to develop content in an accessible, semantic and responsive fashion by default, making use of fully standards compliant HTML and CSS.


  1. Identify and analyze user purpose and experience in accessing web content.
  2. Prioritize and assess platform specific considerations in user’s expectations of web design.
  3. Develop and analyze user requirements for the web for a variety of users.
  4. Critically analyze affordances of different web design paradigms and explain potential uses.
  5. Develop, implement and critique solutions to web design problems.
  6. Apply current industry web design standards (eg. coding practice, search engine optimization), tools (eg. file versioning, wireframing), and content management systems
  7. Classify legal and ethical issues in publishing content on the web.


  • Participation (in-class short quizzes, discussions, exercises) 5%
  • Quizzes 45%
  • Group Projects 20%
  • Individual Projects 30%


This course uses the SIAT standard grading scale for final letter grades, the cutoffs for which are:

A+    95%
A      90%
A-     85%
B+    80%
B      75%
B-     70%
C+    65%
C      60%
C-     55%
D      50%
F <   50%


Due to the continuing effects of the global pandemic the Fall term will be conducted entirely via online classes.
This will result in some changes in format, tools and requirements.


- Access to a personal computer: This is essential for the course. If you don't have such access and would require to purchase technology in order to complete the course then you should consider contacting SFU Financial Aid as you can apply for special funding for technology purchase. 
- Access to reliable internet: We'll be conducting real-time online classes for much of the term and collaboration in teams will be always online. As a result you'll need consistent access.
- Access to a non-distracting space to work: Real-time online classes means you will need a space where you can be participating in classes without interruption.



Readings will be delivered digitally through the online course-platform.

All course software is available for free with the exception of whatever graphics software you may need. Due to the online delivery this term it is essential that you have ready access to your own laptop or desktop computer for use with this course, as well as stable access to internet service.


Readings will be delivered digitally through the online course-platform.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).