TCN708 - Web Design and Prototyping

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Subject Title
Web Design and Prototyping

Subject Description
Technical writers are often required to involve themselves with some aspect of coding, whether to have a basic understanding of developer's roles and thus be better at communicating with them, or to provide guidance and assist in creating user interfaces.
This course takes a hands-on approach to basic coding. The first half of the course focuses on using Visual Basic for Applications, allowing you to design user interfaces and develop simple programs around them. Experiencing some application development and coding also provides some level of confidence when dealing with developers, which is often part of the technical writer's job.
During the second half of the course you will learn HTML and gain the skills you need to produce web sites and edit existing web pages. It is common for the upkeep and editing of company internet and intranet sites to fall into the hands of the technical writer. By knowing the actual HTML coding, rather than learning a WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") editor, you gain the advantage of being easily able to transfer your HTML knowledge to any environment.
This course will take a hands-on approach to coding. Each lesson is provided as an HTML document for viewing on web browsers. Relevant examples and links are included in each lesson. As well, a short in-class assignment in each class gives you the opportunity to try each of the concepts discussed, while ensuring you know the basics.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of coding principles.
- Create user interfaces and implement simple macros in Visual Basic for Applications.
- Produce web pages by hand coding HTML.
- Use tables, images, forms, and frames to achieve a professional level of web page design.

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