Intro to Web Design

For the OAT Program @ BCIT

Course Description

This 9-day course was designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of web design and development. Recently, there’s been a boom in people wanting to learn how to code. They don’t necessarily want to become programmers, they just want to understand how the digital pieces fit together – how the whole thing works. To understand the web, after all, is fundamental to understanding how people live and think. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.

You’ll begin by learning some basic Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) – the two essential languages of the web. Through labs and assignments, you’ll build a variety of elements and page structures, then you’ll put it all together by creating a small website.

Since most organizations today use a Content Management System (CMS) to maintain their websites, you’ll also learn the most popular CMS, WordPress, which powers approximately 40% of all sites on the planet.

Using WordPress, you’ll build a number of local sites based on themes, both basic and premium. Then, you’ll sign up for a  free  live site that you’ll use to build your final project. This will be your creation in WordPress – you’ll use a page builder to design a professional-looking, multi-page website.  

Course Objectives



  • Use Brackets as a text editor to code web pages
  • Organize and name files and folders according to web standards
  • Create and link HTML pages using basic tags
  • Style basic HTML tags with CSS
  • Use Photoshop to crop and resize photos for the web


  • Code and style more complex web page elements, such as grids, forms and tables
  • Design and implement navigation bars
  • Use CSS transitions and transforms to tastefully enhance user experience
  • Design and hand-code a two-page website
  • Optimize your site according to accepted principles of SEO


  • Explore and utilize popular features in WordPress 5.6
  • Set-up Local by Flywheel – a local development environment for WordPress
  • Review various WordPress themes and plugins
  • Create a number of local sites using basic and premium themes
  • Develop one live WordPress site using a page builder 

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Course Evaluation

Course Due Dates

Lab Assignments (5) - 25%

Santorini Project - 25%

HTML/CSS Website - 25%

WordPress Website - 25%

Lab Assignments - due Friday, Feb 05, 2021

Santorini Project - due Monday, Feb 22, 2021

HTML/CSS Website - due Monday, Feb 22, 2021

WordPress Website - due Monday, Feb 22, 2021

Course Materials

Materials will be distributed to you through the Learning Hub and you can use the same system to upload your assignments and projects for marking, – except for your WordPress site. Instead, you will provide the URL to your site to your instructor.

Your grades will be emailed to you by Monday, March 08, 2021.


Contact Instructor

Debra Williams: