Start Date: TBD
Schedule: Days and times TBD. This is a 16 week class.
Tuition: $6,495. Debt-free training for those who qualify for sponsorship. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
On successful completion of this course, the student would have achieved
- Strong fundamental knowledge of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
- Good knowledge of Cascading Stylesheet (CSS3)
- Good understanding of WordPress as a Content Management System
- Foundational knowledge of servers, databases, setting up websites, and DNS
The breakdown of sections looks like this:
- Part 1 will start with understanding and creating HTML markup. We will start with how to setup webpages, add HTML markup tags including text, lists, links, images, tables, forms, video, and other elements. Then, we will focus on beautifying the web pages. We start with explanation of how CSS allows styling and layout of web pages. We will learn how to control things like color of text, size of fonts, background colors and images, as well as how to control where elements are positioned on the screen. These are the same techniques that professional web developers use to make websites attractive and pleasing.
- Part 3 will introduce the student to Content Management Systems (CMS) as a means to building a content rich website. We will use WordPress for this class and will build a fully functioning website for a city. By the end of Part 3, you will have installed a local copy of WordPress, and go through the full process of building the website through the six steps of planning, content, plugins, design, users, and launch. You will work with posts, pages, categories, tags, plugins, themes, page builders, widgets, and menus.
- Part 4 will be the culmination of this course. During this part of the course, you will form a team of 2 to 3 students. Your task will be to take everything you have learned during the previous 3 phases, and finish a brand new concept to completion website for a nonprofit of your choice. You will utilize the same process you used in Part 3. At the end of Part 4, you will present your project to an audience comprising industry leaders and hiring managers. This will be your opportunity to showcase everything you have learned during this course and how you can bring this knowledge and set of skills to their business or organization. This project is a required component to pass this course.
This course will be very hands-on and will require the student to perform various programming activities. Students will build two to three websites as part of this course. A mid-term knowledge assessment will be given at the midpoint of the course. This knowledge assessment is created to ensure that students are meeting the learning objectives. The final will consist of the project and its presentation to an audience.
Who this course is for:
- This course is meant for anyone who wants to become a web developer and as part of their preparation wants to learn how to build WordPress websites from scratch. It starts from the basic concepts, so prior programming or markup experience is not assumed. However, an aptitude for programming will go a long way in being successful in this course. A laptop computer is required for this course and will be provided as part of the course. Books and materials will be provided as well.
- Every class will have hands-on activities. Tasks not completed during class time have to be completed before the following week.