Guidelines for Developing Web Sites in Animal Physiology

Each student is required to develop a web site on a current topic in animal physiology. Instruction on web site design will be provided in class (it’s easy!) and students will be provided space on the biology WWW server to which they can upload their site. I will provide details on what I expect a week or two after the beginning of class. Adobe products (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop) will be available on the laboratory computers for your use. Your WWW site topic and ideas should be discussed with and approved by me before you begin your web site (Grading and dates on syllabus). You cannot duplicate a topic presented by previous students and still online in Animal Physiology.

The following are some general guidelines for creating WWW sites in this course.

1.      Your WWW pages should be appealing, but very professional looking (don't get too fancy).

2.      Your WWW sites should be easy to navigate and easy to read. Hints: have links consistent on each page. Don't make your page wider than 800 pixels.

3.      In general, you topics should be discussed at a level at which a person fairly well educated in the sciences should be able to understand.

4.      All references must be hyperlinked to your literature cited page. All references to WWW resources should include the title of the website, the full web address and the date accessed. You may not use more than 50% of your references from the WWW. In general, a well-researched topic should be based on at least 12 or more peer-reviewed papers (journal articles).

5.      All figures must have figure legends and in these figure legends, you must cite your sources, and provide hyperlinks when appropriate.

6.      If you use copyrighted figures or images in your web site, you must get permission to do so and that must be indicated in a small font below that figure or image. You should have a link to the appropriate sites if you are discussing a product sold by a particular company. If you cannot get permission to use a figure, you can remake it yourself using a graphics or graphing program (e.g., PowerPoint or Excel) and put "Adapted from ........" under the figure in lieu of permission. If you cannot get permission to use an image (i.e., photo) on the web, then you cannot use it.
DO NOT request permission to use any material from Steven Haddock, PhD - Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

7.      At the bottom of the home page, you must put the following sentence: "This website was created as a part of a class project in the Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College"

All WWW sites must contain the following:

A main page from which all other pages can be linked

            Generally, you will want to put buttons on the left hand side of the page and keep them consistent throughout your site. You should always have a "back" button or buttons to get back to your home page. You should not have to scroll excessively to read content.

Quality content (i.e., text, figures, etc.) providing a thorough and well-explained review of a topic in animal physiology.

A minimum of 8 separate pages of quality content within the site (not counting a lit cited page).

Figures (i.e., graphs) and images illustrating your content.

Hyperlinks to other web sites related to yours.

Sources page with links to those sources when appropriate.

A link back to the Hot Topics page

An email link to you, at the bottom of each page

Software:  You can use any software to you like to develop your WWW page.  I have provided Adobe Products (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photshop) on all laboratory computers for your convenience.

Transferring Files to the BioServer:
1) Go to Network\BioWeb\ApWeb
2) You will see folders within a folder called "2011" - each student has their own folder
3) ONLY add or remove files to your folder! - Don't put large image files in your server space.
4) Make sure your HomePage is named "index.htm" - i.e., don't change the name of the file because that's what the main page is linked to.

These instructions are adapted from those developed by A. Malcolm Campbell for Molecular Biology at Davidson College and modified by Michael E. Dorcas for use in Animal Physiology.

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