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Introduction to Web Authoring

Short name: IN
SITS code: SSCS004H4
Credits: 15
Level: 4
Module leader: Gordon McIntyre
Online material:


  • to design and build a website for a case study small business or optionally for an organisation of the students' choice
  • to validate a website so that it complies with current web standards (HTML5 and CSS3)
  • to publish a website online
  • to encourage students to acquire self-study skills so they can keep up in the context of rapidly-changing technologies, tools, techniques and methods.


  • Web Page Authoring: Web page authoring using web standards for HTML5 and CSS3. Browser differences. Validators.
  • Web Design: Colour theory. Layout and typography. Accessibility. Storyboarding. Sitemap. Planning website architecture.
  • Web Publishing: FTP File Transfer Protocol
  • Legal issues: Copyright and IPR


  • Basic PC and internet skills.
  • File compression tools (compress files, extract compressed files using WinZip)
  • Folder and file management (create, rename and organise folders, recognise filetypes from their file extension, change folder options)
  • Searching the web using a browser (save a web page, view a page source, open local files, adding to favourites, change browser settings, use History menu, download resources)


Indicative timetables can be found in the handbooks available on programme pages. Personalised teaching timetables for students are available via My Birkbeck.