Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


T07: CMS (EN)

Danish title
T07: CMS (EN)
Study programme
Multimediadesign and Communication
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
2. semester
Duration of the subject/module
5 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Lygten 16, København NV
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Keld Møller Marple
Alan Engelhardt
Herman Bailey
Kenny Marek Møller
Jonas Fannikke Holbech
  • Content and learning outcomes

    Many businesses and organisations have succeeded in establishing websites that contain large volumes of well written and well designed content that could be seen as a valuable resource. It is therefore important that the data/information is also well structured so that new content can be added in an logical/intuitive manner. For these reasons, many forms of content management system (CMS) exist. To give you an introduction to how such systems can be used, you will work with WordPress (WP), which is one of the most popular open source CMS solutions for database-driven websites. In contrast to theme 5, where you learned how to build websites that use JSON to access static data stored at a separate online location, in this theme you will access data from a content management system. During theme 6, you learned about used-centred design. In this theme you will again work to develop a solution that satisfies the identified needs of the target users.

    User interface development :
    The subject area comprises the design and development of digital solutions with special emphasis on the production of user interfaces. The focus is on all aspects of the development process based on common development methods, including planning, design and production of digital media tasks.
    Here you’ll learn:
    The theme will be centered around Wordpress - a popular content management system (CMS) - as a tool both to handle an extensive amount of data that can be extracted and used for smaller specialised websites (web-apps) as well as a tool to handle the media content of a website. For handling data exchange between the different sites, JSON will be applied.

    User experiences:
    The subject area comprises the design and development of digital experiences with a focus on understanding the user, the user’s interaction with solutions as well as on evaluating and testing solutions, including the use of data.
    Here you’ll learn:
    Applying professional argumentation for your choices based on the knowledge you have obtained from your research will prepare you for communicating your ideas for business partners and stakeholders. Weekly meetings between the groups and teachers will help you focus on explaining why you do what you do.

    Content production:
    The subject area comprises content production for selected digital media. The focus is on understanding digital media and relevant types of content as well as on the dissemination and use of data.
    Here you’ll learn:
    Basic knowledge of content production in the form of photography.

    The subject area comprises business models, data understanding, the basis of existence of a business and the multimedia designer’s role in the value chain.
    Here you’ll learn:
    You will be working with Trello, git and github as group and project management

    The subject area comprises understanding and exploration of technologies that form part of digital media products and digital media production.
    Here you’ll learn:
    We will be working with the Wordpress REST API as a data management

    Here you’ll learn:
    You will be expected to work independently in groups under teacher supervision. You will be introduced to Wordpress, JSON and Javascript to handle as well as other topics in the process, and you will be expected to apply these techniques and develop your knowledge and skill set through the development of the project.


    User experiences:
    • knowledge of key methods and theories regarding digital user experiences, and the ability to account for the choice of tools and methods based on practice.

    Content production:
    • knowledge of the methods and theories applied in the profession for complex digital content production

    • knowledge of key technologies for data management in relation to optimising user experiences


    User interface development :
    • apply and document key design processes in complex digital media productions, and
    communicate them to stakeholders from the digital media industry
    • apply key technologies for handling and displaying digital content
    • apply key technologies, methods and formats for exchanging and presenting data.

    User experiences:
    • communicate and explain solutions for digital user interfaces to business partners
    • apply key theories, methods and tools for the production of digital user experiences

    • plan and assess project management in team-based digital media productions

    • apply key tools and data to optimise digital media production


    • identify relevant theories, methods and tools for the execution of complex digital media
    • acquire new knowledge and skills within the programming and design of complex user-centred user interfaces.
    • identify relevant theories, methods and tools for the production of complex digital content in teams
    • acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies within the design and production of complex digital content.

  • Type of instruction
    Throughout the theme you will be working in groups. The theme is designed to mix lectures, exercises with independent group work as an important part of the learning experience. Several scheduled group meetings with the teachers are also considered a part of the learning experience as this will be a time for reflection upon your work and your opportunity to practice arguing for your professional decisions in the project.
  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    The purpose is to test students understanding of theory, methods and tools gained through participation in the mandatory programme elements: Design and programming of digital user interfaces 2 and Design and programming of digital content 2.

    The exam must demonstrate the students' ability to:
    • communicate with partners,
    •develop an interactive digital product, taking into account the stakeholders
    • complete a project in a team.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The exam covers national programme elements of the second semester and is based on the product, report and process.

    The exam consists of three elements:
    1. Presentation!
    2. Examination!
    3. Grading!

    The details of the duration of the exam will be published on the learning platform for Multimedia Design and communicated til the co examiner.
    Type of assignment
    The project work must be interdisciplinary and problem oriented. It must result in a functional digital prototype and a report documenting the development work and the product.

    The detailed requirements for the project are dechribed on the learning platform for Multimedie Design and the discription must ensure wide combination of significant areas of the second semester teaching. The project description defines the requirements for group size product scale and process documentation. The project description will be available to students examiner and external examiner at the start of the project period.
    Formal requirements
    A functional digital prototype and a project report must be handed in. The report must not exceed 18 standard pages for one student+ 8 standard pages for each additional group member. Front page, table, of contents, bibliography and appendices are not included in the maximum number of pages.

    A standard page is 2,400 characters including spaces and footnotes. For reports prepared in a group the individual student's contribution must appear clearly from the report.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Individual or group, 1-5 max participants
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Exam criteria
    The exam is assessed by an examiner and an external examiner according to the 7 point grading scale. Students are given one grade based on an overall assesment of the report, digital prototype, presentation and individual performance at the exam. The performance is assessed in relation to the fulfilment of the learning objectives in the second semester described in the curriculum.
  • Additional information
    Hand-ins and feedback
    07.01.01 “Collaboration agreement”.
    Format: PDF
    Delivery time: 24th October, 23:59
    Fronter folder: 07.01.01
    Feedback: Approved/Not approved in Fronter
    07.01.02 “Trello action plan”
    Format: pdf
    Delivery time: 25th October, 23:59
    Fronter folder: 07.01.02
    Feedback: Approved/Not approved in Fronter
    07.02.01 “Code documentation”
    Format: PDF
    Delivery time: 2nd November, 23:59
    Fronter folder: 07.02.01
    Feedback: Written in Fronter
    07.03.01 “Wordpress backend structure”
    Format: Link to remote wordpress installation.
    Delivery time: 9th November, 23:59
    Fronter folder: 07.03.01
    Feedback: Approved/Not approved in Fronter
    07.03.02 “Web App Structure”
    Format: Link to web app (site) and remote wordpress installation.
    Delivery time: 15th November, 23:59
    Fronter folder: 07.03.02
    Feedback: Approved/Not approved in Fronter + discussion at scheduled
    meeting Friday 16th November
    07.03.03 “Final Presentation”
    Format: pdf, powerpoint presentation or alike + Link to web app (site) and
    remote wordpress installation.
    Delivery time: 22nd November, 23:59
    Fronter folder: 07.03.03
    Feedback: Oral in class

    Your work will be evaluated continuously through scheduled meetings with the
    teachers as well as oral feedback in class or written feedback in Fronter depending
    on the hand in. Some hand ins will be assessed only with an approved/not approved.
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject T07: CMS (EN) you will receive 68 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 90 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 33% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, group work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading your own notes, reading the curriculum, group work.

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*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances