Vague, but Exciting: An Introduction to Web Technologies Fachmodul
Vague, but Exciting: Grundlagen der Webtechnologien Werkmodul
Instructor: Jason Reizner
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Capacity: max. 20 students
Language: English (Deutsch)
Date: Fachmodul: Monday, 13:30 to 16:00
Date: Werkmodul: nach Absprache
Location: Marienstr. 7b, Room 105
First Meeting: Monday, May 4th, 13:30


"Vague, but exciting."

Writing these three words on the cover of Sir Tim Berners-Lee's first draft of "Information Management: A Proposal" in 1989, CERN supervisor Mike Sendell approved work on the research project that became the starting point for what we now know as the World Wide Web. Over the span of 25 years, the web has emerged from its roots as a hypertext experiment to help physicists flexibly mediate large amounts of information, becoming the killer app that brought the Internet into mainstream use and popular consciousness.

Today the web is no longer itself just an application: it is both the fundamental architecture underpinning the largest structured collection of human content ever assembled, as well as the core technology central to the emergence and maturation of mobile and pervasive computing. In this module, participants are offered the opportunity to get acquainted with the technical fundamentals of contemporary web technology, and to develop the requisite skills necessary to creating and working with web content in artistic, professional and research contexts.

Course Topics include:

Internet Architecture
Client-Server Model
OSI Stack Model
HTTPHyperText Transfer Protocol & the Application Layer

HTML[[HTML|Hypertext Markup Language]]: Syntax and Elements
Document Object Model (DOM)
CSS[[CSS|Cascading Style Sheets]]
Aesthetics & Usability

XML/Semantic Web
AJAXAsynchronous Javascript and XML

Server Side Scripting (PHP[[PHP|PHP Hypertext Processor]], Perl et al.)


Admission requirements

This is an introductory course with no technical pre-requisites. Concurrent enrollment in another IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] course offering is strongly encouraged.

Registration procedure

Registration for Summer Semester 2015 is now closed.


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation and delivery of a relevant semester project.

Eligible participants

MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture

BFABachelor of Fine Arts – undergraduate students will graduate with this degree Medienkunst/-gestaltung


4 May
How does this work?
How did we get here?
A brief history of networked computing
Client/Server Relationship
OSI Stack Model
What is HTTPHyperText Transfer Protocol?
What is HTML[[HTML|Hypertext Markup Language]]?
Abstraction of Content and Presentation Layers
What is CSS[[CSS|Cascading Style Sheets]]?

Sources and Links from the Lecture
Semester Project Overview

11 May
A Crash Course in Web Design
Designing for the Screen vs. Designing for the Page
Responsive Design
Using CSS[[CSS|Cascading Style Sheets]]

Sources and Links from the Lecture

18 May
Usability and UX Design
UX Evaluation Techniques

HTML[[HTML|Hypertext Markup Language]]/CSS[[CSS|Cascading Style Sheets]] Hands-on Demo

Sources and Links from the Lecture

25 May
No Class - Pfingstmontag

1 June
AJAXAsynchronous Javascript and XML and the Second Coming of the Web
What is DOM?
What is Javascript?
What is XML?

Sources and Links from the Lecture

8 June
Midterm Presentations

15 June
A Survey of HTML5 Frameworks
Under the Hood with Bootstrap

Sources and Links from the Lecture

22 June
No Class - xCoAx2015 Glasgow
Possible alternatives: Wednesday, 1 July / Friday, 3 July?

29 June
The Semantic Web
Web of Things

6 July
Debugging Lab Day

13 July
Final Project Presentations

Further Reading