Web Media P01004

for MSc Digital Media Production

This is a semester 1 module for the MSc Digital Media Production at Oxford Brookes University and runs from September 29 to December 15 2011

This module will provide you with an understanding of the processes and practices by which content can be generated and manipulated in digital form and then published to the world wide web.. You will have an opportunity to develop a web site in the form of a blog. You will learn how to design the web site with HTML and CSS and include digital text, images, video and audio.

You will be introduced to a range of topics including the theory of web media and an introduction to some of the techniques employed to create a web site.

Provided features

You will be given a blog space set up with basic templates. A CSS file will be provided but the element definitions will be very basic for you to develop your own styles.

Assignments

There are various assignments associated with this module:

  • Post entries (at least twice weekly) to your 'blog' (online journal). You will be expected to have at least 24 posts by the end of the semester. Each post must include some form of media apart from text. | 20%
    Marks will be given for: frequency of posts, evidence of research, relevance to topic. There will be an opportunity for online comments by everyone. All posted material must be your own, although references and links to other web sites can be made.
  • Personalise the blog templates by changing the CSS | 60%
    Marks will be given for the design of the web site. Attention to detail is important. The web site must validate to the appropriate level of HTML; this validation will be worth 10 of the 60 marks - no validation no marks.
    The banner may must be an image created with Photoshop utilising transparency.
  • Working in a team of 3 or 4 - create an audio podcast on your web site | 20%
    We expect you to create 3 episodes of the podcast to include an intro, outro, recording in the studio and recording in the field. The podcast items will be posted to your web site in a particular category. This will result in an RSS feed for all of the class podcasts.

The deadline for completion of all of the web based assignments is Tuesday 20 December 2011 5pm. You must send an email AND post a final entry to your blog by this time. The email (to the course tutor) must announce the completion of the work.

Resources

Course Programme and Calendar

This course takes place on Thursdays 1pm to 4pm weeks 1 to 12. The lectures and workshops will take place in the IT Suite for Publishing in the Tonge Building.

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Creative Tools for Screen Media

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Photoshop Surgery

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Making a Presentation and more ...

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Student Presentations

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Designing for the WEB

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Building an Image Gallery

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Blogging and other similar web technologies

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Designing for the WEB and Creating a ‘Look and Feel’ with Photoshop

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The Basics of HTML

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Adding Style with CSS

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Introducing Template Editing

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Multimedia Blog Content and Mashups

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Search Engine Optimisation and Analytics

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Introducing Podcasting

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Getting smart with Fonts

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More on Markup including Navigation, Validation and Javascript

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More on Podcasting

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Surgery Session | Blog templates, Photoshop and More