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Web Development & Programming

Course Description
Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies/Programming (Web Design) is a two-year, 3 credit program designed to offer the tools and skills students need to succeed in today’s high-technology marketplace. Successful completion of the two year program offers the opportunity for students to earn as many as 5 industry certifications through the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) program (see the CIW Certified website for more details) and certification as an Adobe Certified Associate in Dreamweaver. Instruction includes:

  1. Developing proficiency in Web programming specifically HyperText Markup Language (HTML), cascading style sheets (CSS) and Javascript.
  2. Incorporating principles of layout and design in completing Web and desktop-published projects.
  3. Developing real-world business programming skills using a variety of web enabled technologies including PHP, ASP, SQL and ColdFusion.
  4. Refining analytical and advanced-level computer skills through innovative projects using the Internet, programming languages, multimedia/animation software, audio and video capture devices.
  5. Demonstrating an understanding of business ethics, copyright laws, computer crimes and privacy issues.
  6. Developing leadership and team-building skills through student organization (Future Business Leaders of America – FBLA) activities and small-group projects.

Course Outline

  • Computer concepts and networking essentials.
  • Internet concepts and technologies.
  • Web Authoring/Web site creation – Using Adobe Design Suite Premium (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, and more)
  • Layout and design skills
  • Desktop database software
  • Programming concepts and programming languages (for use in development of Web pages and business computer programs)
  • Desktop published documents for electronic distribution
  • Multimedia presentation and communication skills
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Web portfolio development (for use in job search)
  • Leadership development and employability skills

Job Outlook
Computer related occupations (Web developers, programmers, database administrators, network administrators, help desk professionals, digital media specialists, and technical support technicians) will account for 8 out of the 20 fastest growing occupations in Virginia during this decade. Job prospects in the Information Technology (IT) field will be excellent for students who can combine strong educational and technical skills with good interpersonal and business skills. Graduates of this course are encouraged to pursue post-secondary associate/baccalaureate degrees in IT/Computer Science programs of study or technical programs leading to industry certification.

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