Website Task - Design a solution

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What you have to do (3).

You need to break it down into 5 different sections. This page covers the third section.

What to do.

In the following instructions the bold text will be your headings and subheadings.

Use Word (or Open Office Write) to write a document using the heading 'Designing the solution' This section is worth 9 marks.

Save your document then, starting with 'My user will need the following web pages:' write a bulleted list of the web pages your user will need. Save it again.

You now need to create individual designs for each of the pages. The exam board says "Designs don't have to be neat and should be regarded as working documents with crossings out and changes, therefore hand drawn designs are much better. Without a design the maximum you can score on the implementation section is 3 marks".

Each will need:

    1. An initial design. Use this design sheet (Word document) to draw pencil designs of your website pages. You will need one for each page of your website. There is an example of the design sheet being used here.
    2. User comments - Get someone to role play your user and write comments on your design. Does your user agree with your design? Do they suggest items?
    3. Final designs Complete the bottom section of the design sheet with any modifications you have made after getting your user's comments

Now return to your 'Designing the solution' document and create a sub heading and table like the one below. You will need to replace the blue text with your own tests. Each of the tests needs to be a 'quantitative test' - something you can measure and get a 'yes - it works' or 'No - it doesn't work' answer:

Test plan

      Test No. Test description Data being tested Expected result Teacher's initials
      1 Voice says 'Get in touch' when a pointer moves over a link Link 'Contact us' Hear 'Get in touch'  
      2 Links take you to the correct page 'Contact us' link The page changes to the 'Contact us' page  


  1. Explain where you will get the information for the website. How will you check it to make sure it is accurate?

  2. Explain how you will check the information entered to make sure it is sensible e.g. you will spellcheck the pages, proof read them and get someone else - your user to read them.
This is how the exam board awards marks for this section.
Marks you will get
What you need to do to get these marks
What you must produce

What software you will use.
What you will type into the website.
What you want the website to tell people?
Explain how the information you type in will be displayed in the browser to solve the problem.

In order to do this, a student should provide:

  • Software and hardware or explanation of what software is going to be used and why it is suitable for this problem.
  • Analysis of the input data required, including source and methods of collection and error checking.
  • Processing or how the data will be manipulated to solve the problem. Explanation of the flow of data through the system.
  • Analysis of output requirements and formats.
  • Analysis of strategies for backups and security.
  • A complete list of hardware is not necessary, only the hardware especially relevant to the problem, e.g. a scanner and colour printer for producing a magazine.
  • Inclusion of details of any preparation of the data required before input and verification and/or validation procedures used.
  • Diagrams may be a useful means of explanation. The flow of data through the system must be clear and explicit for full marks to be awarded.
  • What output is going to be screen based and what data needs to be printed? Will different output be required at different times or in different situations? Will the output be sorted or a sub set of the data? What layout is needed?
  • A backup strategy suitable for the user should be clearly explained. Frequency, media, amount of data and time required to perform backup should be considered.

What type of software will be used. e.g. program is produced by an HTML editor and displayed using a Web browser.
What computer equipment the user will need to display the web pages.
Where you will get the data you type in and how you will collect it.
Explain some of the HTML you will use e.g. use of tables to hold the parts of a web page in place.
Explain the type of images you will need or produce and what they will tell you.
Explain how and where you will keep backup copies of the file.

5-9 Explain what the user will have to do each week/day.
Explain how you will check the information entered to make sure it is sensible e.g. need to make sure prices are realistic and will make a profit.
Explain all the HTML used with examples.
Explain why images will be added and what purpose they serve.
Explain how you can stop unauthorised people making changes e.g. a hacker changing the prices.

Quick Tips

Done all that?

  • Save your document,
  • Add your name in a header and the filename and path in a footer.
  • Print it and
  • hand it in to be marked.

Now you can go on to the next part - Implement your solution

The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open. - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama .
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