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CSIS 132 – Web Development
Fundamentals (yep, the word “fun” is in there
Section # 2620 - Units Credit:
510- B / 644-7485
Office Hours: see online
day by appointment as necessary)
530, Thursdays 9:30 – 11:20, plus some online time required, this is a
“hybrid” course, with both in-class meetings and online tasks.
(Instructor is available immediately after class as well as on campus and via
telephone .... don't hesitate to contact the instructor.)
Discussion Boards: All
questions which pertain to class procedures, content and topics should be
posted in the Discussion Board so that all students will have the benefit of
The instructor will be reviewing the
Blackboard email and discussion board Monday through Friday. As a
regular practice, I will review all posts, replying when appropriate, and all
Blackboard emails within 24 hours during Monday through Friday. Please
do not count on instant replies, this is, of course, unfair to expect, just
as I do not expect instant return of assignments.
CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is a survey of technologies, protocols, languages and tools used
for web development. Students will create and publish a working commercial
website using existing content, templates and databases. This course will
provide an introduction to mark-up languages, development tools, site maps
and backend databases.
Transfers to: CSU
Note: This class is designed to
meet both the needs of BEGINNERS as well as prepare students who seek
Here is some of the potential content
(actual software may change as needed), and you will have some choices as to
- An intro to HTML, the
fundamental part of Web Creation
- Using image editing /
optimization software (Week #2
- Concepts of Web site
“Design” and good practices, including typography, colors, screen
resolutions, and so much more (Weeks 2 and 3)
- Planning, Making, Uploading
and using videos using YouTube
- Recording your own audio,
using Audacity (Week #5)
- Online web creation tools
such as Yola, Homesite,
o0r iWeb, very cool web creation tools (Week
- WordPress, a free and very popular
web design tool (Weeks #5 – 7)
- Overview of CSS (Cascading
Style Sheets), an essential set of concepts and tools for Web Design
(Weeks #5 – 10)
- A quick intro to
Dreamweaver, free for 30 days (Week #6)
- Building the site of your
own choice will be your final class project (Weeks #8 – 16)
- Included throughout the
course would be content such as Internet Marketing, getting a domain
name, choosing a Hosting service, including video, such as Youtube, using an online forms, live active
databases, e-commerce and more….
TEXTBOOK AND SUPPLIES
of Web Design: HTML5 and CSS3
o By Terry Felke-Morris Published March, 2011 by Peachpit
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This is a large part of any
class, whether in the classroom or via the Internet. You will be
expected (and graded) to participate in class discussions on a regular,
almost weekly, basis.
Participation is critical to the
success of an online student and class, and thus accounts for up to 15
percent of your class grade.
If you have always been shy about participating in classes, meetings, and the
like, then use this course as a laboratory to experiment with ways of
becoming more involved and assertive. On the other hand, if you tend to be
the type of person who always needs to be recognized for your insights and who
likes to hammer points home, this course could be an opportunity for you to
practice diplomacy and tact. Thoughtful skeptics, maverick idealists, and the
mildly cynical tend to receive high scores as long as they're saying
something that's on target and interesting. People
who ask useful clarifying questions, offer to explain things to classmates,
and make constructive suggestions about ways to improve anything also tend to
get your work done nicely and on time and you will do fine.
Note #1 below….. If you are taking this class simply for your own interest,
and NOT towards a Grossmont certificate or degree, it is a great idea to
enroll with a Credit/No Credit option.
In order to acknowledge achievements
and monitor progress, the Department needs a realistic and meaningful system
for grading performance. The College and the professional community expect
the Department to maintain standards that reflect its reputation as one of
the foremost programs of its type in the country. Listed below are the
grade definitions as they are described at San Diego State University:
A - means
outstanding achievement; available for only the highest accomplishment;
B - means praiseworthy performance; definitely above average;
C - means average; awarded for satisfactory performance.
Course make-up for grading and % of Grade
Textbook tasks and out-of-class
assignments – 20
Chapter Quizzes - 10
Individual Web Project - 20
Discussion Board and in-class Participation- 10
Mid-term exam - 20
Final Exam - 20
Total Available percentage: 100
A >= 90 %
B = 80 - 89 %
C = 70 - 79 %
D = 60 - 69 %
F = Below 60 %
As of Fall 2009, Plus and Minus
grades may be assigned. This will be up to the discretion of the
instructor, and grades will be assigned accordingly for the lower and upper
2.4% of each group. Example, 80-82.4 = B- and 87.5-89.9 = B+. There will not
be any grades assigned of C-, D+ or D-.
Note #1: If you are
taking this class simply for your own interest, and NOT towards a Grossmont
certificate or degree, it is a great idea to enroll with a Credit/No
Credit option. In this case, simply receiving a score of “C” is
sufficient to receive Credit.
Note #2: I will
likely utilize an assignment/grading system where you have a great deal of
choice as to how much work you wish to accomplish and as to what grade you
want to receive. During the majority of weeks, I will state the minimum
required tasks to receive at least a “C” grade, as well as state additional
tasks for those who wish to receive a grade of “B” or “A”. In order to
receive a final course grade of “B” or “A” you must complete the required
tasks before their due date. Many students appreciate this approach. However,
you need to decide early in class that you wish the higher grades and
accomplish the appropriate work.
Note #3: Assignments
must be submitted by the due date to be eligible to receive full
credit. Assignments submitted late will only be eligible to receive
partial credit. All quizzes, discussion board topic entries, and
assignments are absolutely due by the date assigned. You will have
sufficient notice (at least a week) for any assignments.
Discussion Board Assessment: There
will be a weekly or every-other-week discussion board entry regarding the
week’s assignment and any other pertinent course information.
The Blackboard discussion board will
also be the primary forum for discussing lab assignments.
There will also be several graded discussion
board topics introduced throughout the semester. To earn the full credit
for your participation in a particular discussion thread, you must post 2
replies that either extend or in some way add substance to other posts in the
thread. For example, you will either add a comment and a website address
that either confirms, rejects, or extends a post from someone else. Or
you might add a quote from the text or other reference source that again
confirms, rejects, or extends a post from someone else. Each reply that
meets these criteria will earn the maximum 10 points available. This is
an important part of this course.
Two announced examinations (including the Final) will be given. No make-up
exams will be allowed without prior arrangements being made. Make-up exams
must be taken when scheduled. Simply be prepared and on-time.
Preparing for Examinations: Attend class, View the video lectures, follow the
assigned links, and read the assigned readings. At least 75% of the questions
are taken directly from the textbook, videos and hyperlinked reading
The Final Exam will be held during the
regularly scheduled Grossmont College Final Exam Week.
For this class, it is permissible and encouraged to assist classmates in
general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction
are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own solutions
to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. In other words, students
may not "work together" on graded assignments. Such collaboration
constitutes cheating. A student may not use or copy (by any means) another's
work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own. If you need help on
an assignment, contact your instructor, not other classmates.
Student Conduct in Class Policy:
Proper manners and courtesy will be expected. We will likely have many
different opinions on many topics, this is the 'web'
after all. We will respect the rights of each other and expect a bit of
moderation, tolerance, and adult behavior.
There should be none, but any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the
normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the
educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated, in
accordance with the Academic Code of Conduct described in the Student
Handbook. We will treat all classroom participants with the appropriate
courtesy and respect.
Now the most important guideline: We will have fun!
Attendance Requirements & Drop Policy
As required by the administration of
Grossmont College, attendance will be taken during each class.
It is the responsibility of the
student desiring to drop the course to turn in the necessary drop forms,
BY THE PUBLISHED DROP DATE.
Due in part to the challenge of
leading a class of close to 30 students, just like with an “on-campus” class,
the instructor reserves the right to drop students who have missed the
equivalent of two weeks of class. If you do not post a message or log in
to the system (yes we have tools to inform of when each student logs in) for
over two weeks, you may be dropped. Please participate.
If students know that they have a
significant “away” experience arising (wedding, new baby, emergency, etc…)
the instructor should be advised .
Electronic Devices in Class Policy
In class, simply leave them on vibrate or off, it is nice to get a break from
interruptions. While at home, you can do whatever you want!!! It's your home!
Rock on! (if you like) Turn it up! Take a bubble bath, a yoga break.. meditate... stretch... play
with your kids… dance…etc…!!
LECTURE, LABORATORY, AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
Plan to spend approximately three to six hours each week working on
laboratory assignments. This is the way to learn this subject, and it should
Make sure your name appears clearly in each assignment. Disorganized
assignments (pages out of order, mislabeled, unreadable, etc.) will receive a
grade of zero.
Tentative class schedule can be seen on Blackboard Calendar.
Wow! Enough of this, let’s have
Course Student Learning
1. Students should be able to
Analyze/Understand the requirements of a given problem
2. Students should be able to Develop an
acceptable design solution
3. After having done #1 and #2 above, Students
should be able to Implement a solution
Cheating and plagiarism (using as one's own ideas writings, materials, or
images of someone else without acknowledgement or permission) can result in
any one of a variety of sanctions. Such penalties may range from an adjusted
grade on the particular exam, paper, project, or assignment (all of which may
lead to a failing grade in the course) to, under certain conditions, suspension
or expulsion from a class, program or the college. For further
clarification and information on these issues, please consult with your
instructor or contact the office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are
encouraged to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Student Services
& Programs (DSP&S
early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as
soon as possible. Students may contact DSP&S in person in room 110 or by
phone at (619)
is TTY for deaf).
Supervised Tutoring Referral
Students are referred to enroll in the following supervised tutoring courses
if the service indicated will assist them in achieving or reinforcing the
learning objectives of this course:
IDS 198: Supervised Tutoring to receive tutoring in general computer
applications in the Tech Mall;
English 198W: Supervised Tutoring for assistance in the English Writing
Center (Room 70-119); and/or
IDS 198T: Supervised Tutoring to receive one-on-one tutoring in academic
subjects in the Tutoring Center (Room 70-229, 644-7387).
To add any of these courses, students may obtain Add Codes at the
Information/Registration Desk in the Tech Mall.
All Supervised Tutoring courses are non-credit/non-fee. However, when a
student registers for a supervised tutoring course, and has no other classes,
the student will be charged the usual health fee.
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