The Computer Studies: Web Programmer Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of website design and development as a Web Programmer.
Web Programmers are responsible for making "interactive" portions of a website. This may include creating a shopping cart application, building pages from a database, or creating and processing feedback forms. Depending on the size of the project, the Web Programmer may also be responsible for the administration of the UNIX Web server and the creation or revision of a web database.
This program stresses the practical application of web development skills in real life projects. Students work in teams to create websites for non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. The Web Programmer student will create various scripts to be incorporated into the client website. The ability to work in a group, communicate with a client, resolve problems, meet deadlines, and understand the web development cycle is just as important as understanding front-end development or working with back-end code. This hands-on approach ensures that as students complete the program, they will have practical experience, as well as working websites to feature in an electronic portfolio.
A successful Web Programmer exhibits a strong work ethic, perfectionist standards, patience, strong people skills and shows an attention to detail.
Job titles include Web Software Developer, Back-end Programmer, Back-end Developer, Web Programmer, Web Developer.
More information about Computer Studies programs can be found at the Computer Studies Department Web site.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a competency in web development in the areas of coding, validation, user interface, and programming using PHP;
- apply the skills of effective communication, time management, problem solving, and client management, as they plan and produce a website; and
- evaluate the numerous tools available to create a website and select the appropriate tool for the specific situation.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence website.