The WEBM@ESTRO™ Advanced Website Design distance learning course is a fully supported, self-paced training programme for those wishing to take up a new career as a Web programmer or those who simply wish to be able to build advanced commercial-quality websites.
Please Note: This course assumes that the student has a pre-existing knowledge of HTML/XHTML or has successfully completed our best-selling Webstart Course.
Students are taken step-by-step through the lessons using innovative, interactive, multi-media computer-based training techniques, supported by highly-trained technical support specialists. The course is self-paced with no time pressure for completion; the student simply studies at home or at work when time permits.
The course consists of 10 individual lessons, which are designed to gradually build up and strengthen your technical knowledge base. Throughout the lessons, interactive exercises have been specially designed to support the student’s learning effort, and multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each lesson serve to ensure a thorough understanding of the course content.
The course consists of the following lessons:
Induction: Introduction to WEBM@ESTRO™
The following topics are covered by this lesson: Getting Started; Health and Safety considerations; Course content lesson-by-lesson and training tips; Navigating through the training programme; Technical support help desk; and Qualifications explained.
This lesson builds upon Lesson 2, in which the student will focus on using logic and decision-making to make certain events happen; the student will be introduced to such techniques. The following topics are included: An introduction to decision making; Using looping statements; An overview of common mistakes and errors; and Assignment 3: Exercises using looping statements.
Lesson 6: Using Cookies to Store Information
Lesson 7: Adding Style to your Web Pages
Early implementation of the HTML/XHTML specifications have been significantly extended to allow today's new breed of web designers to become more creative in their use of HTML. This lesson demonstrates how you can use standard HTML/XHTML tags to implement stunning special effects without the need for complicated scripting or programming. The following topics are covered by this lesson: Background to Cascading Style Sheets; How Cascading Style Sheets work; Implementing Style Sheets; and Assignment 7 –Adding special effects to your pages.
Lesson 8: Dynamic HTML
In this lesson, we will be looking at the concept of DHTML, a technique to enable designers to create interactive web pages that can be dynamically changed in real time. The following topics are covered by this lesson: How DHTML works; Implementing DHTML; and Assignment 8: Creating drag and drop elements.
Lesson 9: Building Data Aware Websites
In this lesson, we will be looking at the technology used to incorporate external applications into our web pages, for example, textual data, sound and visual imagery. The lesson covers the following topics: Microsoft 's ActiveX technology explained; Incorporating textual data into your web pages using notepad; Incorporating audio into your web pages; Incorporating animation into your web page; and Assignment 9: Building a data-aware application.
Lesson 10: Final Course Assignment
This final lesson will bring together all the information and techniques discussed throughout the course as well as offering tutorials on using Dreamweaver CS3; Paint Shop Pro; Uploading your website; and Search engine submission. Assignment 10: Design your own fully-functional website.
The WEBM@ESTRO™ course comes with a comprehensive software Library, which includes trial/freeware versions of the following software: Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks & PhotoShop CS3, Paint Shop Pro, Gif Construction Set, MapEdit, WinZip 11, Shop Factory Pro, Cute FTP and Colour Picker 1.9.
On completion of the course you will receive our own certification and feedback as well as the Nationally Recognised NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Website Design & Construction. The Qualification is based upon your coursework so there are no external examinations. This qualification is equivalent to an NVQ Level 3 or A Level and consists of 9 credits which can be used to access higher education qualifications.