WEB 200: Theory of web design

Web 200 // Seattle College // Winter 2018

Covers principles and practices of professional web site design, including site structure, page layout, navigation, color theory, typography and best coding practices. Explore the planning and design phases of creating a user-centered website. This course covers the steps to take before you start building, including defining the purpose and audience; outlining the structure and navigation; and designing the look and feel.

Students will design and develop a website for a small to medium sized business while focusing on site structure, page layout, navigation, color theory, typography and best coding practices. This class will provide the student with a case study and website portfolio piece to present to potential employers. See the course schedule.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to …

  • Understand how to design a website
  • Establish the purpose and goals of a website
  • Develop a successful underlying structure of a website
  • Explain best practices & guidelines for planning a website
  • Discuss navigation techniques and terminology
  • Design readable pages with appropriate content layout
  • Use “usability” principles and a checklist to help you create user-friendly sites
  • Use the latest HTML and CSS standards to build a successful protosite

Course Prerequisites

Students should have a basic knowledge of the web and browsers.
WEB 110 with 2.0 or higher, or Instructor’s permission. Coreq: WEB 120.

Course Text

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition), by Steve Krug


Session recordings are on Canvas. There are also audio files on Dropbox.


We will use Slack, a cloud-based set of team collaboration tools, for discussion and file sharing. The group name is SC-Web200. There are mobile apps for iOS and Android or you can access Slack in the browser.



Course requirements

Much of the work in this course will take place outside of the classroom. Class sessions will include progress reports and troubleshooting. Students must have assignments completed when they are due.



Your final grade will be a culmination of your Class Assignments:

  • Assignments will create an overall class project with a presentation at the end of the quarter
  • Assignments require critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Assignments will be “due” according to the class schedule
  • Students are responsible for assignment information on assignment pages
  • Students are also responsible for assignment information given in class
  • Assignments will be marked down 25% for every week they are late

*Students must check the schedule before asking the instructor, “When is this due?”

A | High quality work demonstrating outstanding skills, craftsmanship, and innovative approaches to the problem.
B | Satisfies the minimum requirements of the project and demonstrates thorough understanding of concepts and principles.
C | Satisfies the minimum requirements of the project.
D | Does not satisfy the minimum requirements of the project. Problems with quality and/or knowledge of concepts.
F | Falls well below expected standards in solving the minimum requirements of the project.

Recommended books

Web sites, resources

Code of Ethics and Student Conduct

Downloads provided by this site are the intellectual property of the respected author(s) and are available for example and resource purposes only. Students are expected to create their own design and production work and write their own code. Turning in downloaded and/or copied-and-pasted code as your own assignment work is considered plagiarism and is subject to disciplinary action by the college.

It is the intention of SCCC to provide both a safe and nurturing environment for students, faculty and staff. To maintain and promote that environment, the college subscribes to a specific code of conduct, which is in accord with the Washington Administrative Code for all public institutions.


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