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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

The course aims to enable students to design, maintain and administer a range of CMS installations that meet the specified needs of a client.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to

1. Understand the benefits of automating the input and maintenance of a web site

2. Understand the importance of completely separating structure and content

3. Create and administer a Wordpress web site

4. Create a Wordpress theme for a specified user group

5. Integrate Wordpress with other online services to fully manage a site's content

Course contents

Block 1: introduction to Wordpress ; creating a wordpress.com site

Block 2: administering, theming and customising a site

Block 3: the anatomy of a Wordpress theme

Block 4: css variables; the WP Loop

Block 5: Front pages, galleries and grids

Block 6: moving a static site into Wordpress

Blocks 7 & 8: creating a theme from nothing

Blocks 9 & 10: Final project

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Students should have completed the course Structuring Information, having handed in all the assignments and achieved at least a grade 2. In the event that a student has not completed this course she or he will need to demonstrate the following competences.

1. Understand the fundamental principles of web design

2. Understand the principles of pixel-based design theory

3. Demonstrate familiarity with, and competence in using, an online IDE

4. Be able to create a working web site that follows current best practice.

5. Specifically students must be able to work with html 5, css 3 and the Zurb Foundation framework.

Recommended or required reading

The course will contain numerous playlists drawn from Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 50 hours
  • Practical exercises - 80 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 60 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 270 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 270 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Project 1: a wordpress installation to a brief
Project 2: a one-page installation to a brief
Project 3: a theme created using grids or Foundation
Project 4: a social media site

Projects 1 to 3 will count for 20% each. Project 4 will count for 40% of the marks.

The emphasis is on the practical work done within deadlines. Absence without notifying the teacher affects the grading even if all tasks would be finished within given timetable.


Kelly Owen


Kelly Owen

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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