MCW862 - Getting Started with WordPress

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Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:33:25.825
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Subject Title
Getting Started with WordPress

Subject Description
According to recent statistics, WordPress powers approximately 1 in every 6 websites on the web. What makes this such a popular platform and how can it work for you? Find out how to take advantage of this free open source tool and get your web presence a polished, fully functional look needed to be successful. Remember: Everything is easy when you know how.

Credit Status
Participating students receive a certificate of attendance.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.      Understand basic and advanced applications of WordPress
2.      Evaluate the differences between Wordpress.com and WordPress.org
3.      Apply technical knowledge for successful and stable implementation
4.      Create an engaging WordPress site
5.      Search, evaluate and install themes and plugins
6.      Manage users and accounts

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
MCT100 or equivalent experience.

Topic Outline
Lesson 1: WordPress - An Overview
·         Content Management Systems
·         How does WordPress compare to other platforms
·         Features of WordPress
·         Showcases of WordPress
 
Lesson 2: Understanding WordPress.com
·         Considering the need of a hosted service
·         Free accounts vs premium accounts
·         Advantages vs disadvantages of WordPress.com
 
Lesson 3: Understanding WordPress.org
·         Considering the need of a web hosting service
·         Advantages vs disadvantages of web hosting services
·         Technical knowledge required for implementation
·         Licensing information
 
Lesson 4: Getting Started
·         Requirements and preparations for installing WordPress
·         Steps for installing WordPress
·         General setup after installation of WordPress
·         Using Dashboards
 
Lesson 5: Using WordPress
·         Creating pages
·         Creating posts
·         Importing media
·         Posting comments
 
Lesson 6: Choosing and Modifying Themes
·         Searching, evaluating and activating a theme
·         Modifying a theme using “Editor” options
Lesson 7: Using Plugins
·         Searching, evaluating and activating plugins
·         Exploring uses of plugins
 
Lesson 8: Managing Users
·         Creating/managing users
·         Assigning user rights

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided, with each participant having exclusive use of a computer. Additional modes of instruction will include class discussion, lecture and question and answer period.  

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
There is no formal testing or process to evaluate the students understanding. It is up to the student to evaluate his/her own progress. Participating students will receive a certificate of attendance. 

Approved by: Denis Gravelle