Final Project: Web Site

Overview | Possible Topics | Required Documents | Assessment


Possible Topics

Organisational Website
Create a website that provides a web presence to an existing small organisation such as a business or NGO. It can include an overview description of the organisation, news, products and services, partners, downloads, support, frequently asked questions, contact information, etc.
Educational Website
Create an interactive website to teach or share information about an academic or industrial topic to a specified group of learners, with objectives, content, interactive quizzes, discussion questions, user comments, links to sources of more information, etc.
Online Book
Create an electronic book on an academic topic with table of contents, index, chapters, illustrations, etc.
Personal Website
Create a website about yourself: anything you want to make public about your life, work, writings, activities, interests, photos, family, friends, favourite sites, etc.
Tourism Website
Create a web site about your town, region or country of origin, with links to pages describing some tourist sites of interest, digital photos, a clickable image map, etc.
Newsletter Archive
Create web-based versions of all past newsletters of UMU or other organisation.
Campus Map
Create a clickable image map of the UMU campus or other organisation with photos and descriptions of each building and room.

Required Documents

Project Proposal (15%)
Describe your proposed project, including goals, target audience, content goals and sources (specific books, people, websites, etc.). See lecture 4a.
Design Specification (20%)
Describe how you will design your web site to meet your proposal goals, including schedule of tasks to perform, development tools to be used, diagrams, outlines and other information as appropriate. Be sure to separate functional specification (what it should do) from technical specification (how it is implemented). Consider many aspects of design you have learned, including visual and graphic design, usability and accessibility, site structure and navigation, and writing. Your description should give a vivid picture of what the site will look like and how it will work. Justify any design decisions you make; explain why you chose each aspect of your design.
Usability Test Plan (10%)
Describe questions you have about the usability of your site and design a test which will answer those questions. See lecture 10a.
Usability Test Report (5%)
Describe the results (observations and findings) of conducting the usability test with at least three subjects and justify the resulting changes (revisions) you made to your site. See lecture 10a.
Web Site (50%)
The final version of your site, including all files and documents. Include a summary of what you learned about the process of developing your site, and how you would do it differently (if you could do it again or had more time).


Quantity/amount of work contributed
number of files, pages, images, links, words, documents; file sizes
Quality of design
achieves site goals and meets user needs
image/visual, navigation and organization, page layout, typography, content and writing style
usability/accessibility, coherence, authenticity, correctness, accuracy, clarity, simplicity
Technical elements demonstrated/included
image creation/editing, page creation, HTML editing, scripting
CSS, JavaScript, Java, forms, frames, tables, fonts, colours, links
justified design decisions, explained design tradeoffs, used feedback from users, reflected on process
matched documents with final website product, acknowledged content sources