Computer Information Systems
Division of Business
Web developers create and update web sites for businesses and other organizations. There are two main aspects to web development: design and programming. Design is concerned with the appearance and usability of the site. Programming relates to the functionality of the site – that is, does the site do what it is supposed to. In order for a website to be effective, both these skills are needed. A good website is attractive, easy to use and functions correctly.
In designing websites, Web developers apply the principles of graphic design. Everything about the site – the layout, the colors, the type, the images and other multimedia – are carefully selected to help communicate the content of the site effectively as well as make it easy for the site’s visitors to find what they want. It is not enough that a site looks good; the site’s appearance should complement the content of the site. A very serious news site should look different than a site promoting a new videogame, because they contain very different kinds of content. Web development differs from traditional graphic design in that web developer can incorporate many different multimedia elements into a Web page – audio, video and animation. As such, web developers need to be able to work with different forms of digital multimedia.
Of course, it does not matter how well a site looks if it does not function properly. Web developers also write the programs (instructions) which controls what the Web page does – to make sure, for example, that when one places an online order, the order is processed correctly, the right items are sent to the right person and the correct account is charged. The Web developer performs pretty much the same tasks as any software developer – writing instructions to tell the computer what to do to process the user’s data, interacting with databases and other software.
For a Web development project to succeed, it requires more than technical skills. Communication skills and a general familiarity with business are required to ensure that the web site developed will indeed meet the needs of the organization in question. In addition, substantial planning is required to determine the best way for the site to be developed. Many decisions need made.
What should the pages look like in order to clearly communicate the site’s message? How can the pages be organized to make it easy for users to find what they want? What multimedia elements should be used? How should the site process the data the user enters? How should this site interact with a database and other software? What specific technologies to use? Once these issues are decided, then the technical skills are used to implement what was designed. Lastly, the site needs tested and then updated. In this sense, a Web development project is no different than any other software development project.
Educational Opportunities in Computer Information Systems-Web Development at LCCC
The following programs may be completed in two years, if taken on a full-time basis. Many LCCC students choose to study on a part-time basis. Students in the associate of applied business in computer information systems – network communication technology program complete courses in computer information systems, communications, English, math, business administration, accounting, physical science, psychology or sociology, computer diagnostics and repair and Cisco certification.
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