“Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks. “

-Author Unknown

Course: IW104 : Fundamentals of Web Design

Prerequisite: D103 – Introduction to Web (HTML)

Units: 4.5

Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Sublime Text

Textbooks: HTML5 & CSS3 Visual Quickstart Guide by Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop

Description: This course will offer a strong foundation in web design, graphical User Interface (GUI) and web page structure. Topics will include HTML, CSS, FTP, Project Management and Content Strategy. Beginning concepts of scripting (JavaScript) and CMS (Content Management Systems) will also be introduced.

Out of Class Course Work: Every student is expected to do at least 15 hours of work per week outside of the classroom (90 hours total for the course), including reading text book, following tutorials, watching videos and working on projects. Computers will be available EVERY DAY on campus before class. Any material from “out of class course work” may be applicable to questions on quizzes or tests, any assigned homework will be graded.

Course Materials: Every student is expected to bring their books, working files, notebooks and writing instrument to every class.

Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student will be familiar with:

  • HTML & CSS coding standards
  • Introductory JavaScript concepts
  • FTP Applications
  • GUI Design
  • Optimization and Delivery Standards

Instruction Method: Lectures, practical lessons, in-class presentations, class discussion and critique.

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Director of Education (619)265-0107 ext. 40 early in the semester, so accommodations can be made as soon as possible. Platt is committed to do everything possible to make all reasonable accommodations.

Attendance: As a common and professional courtesy, please advise me in advance when you will miss a class. Please email me at melissacabral@gmail.com if you will be either late or missing class for any reason. Platt’s attendance policy is to drop students after three consecutive misses automatically. I will strictly adhere to this policy. Class begins promptly at 6:00pm and continues until 10:00pm. Anyone arriving after 6:00pm or leaving before 10:00pm will be considered tardy. Four unexcused tardies will be considered a missed class. Attendance will be considered greatly in terms of class participation grading. Students are responsible for obtaining any and all missed materials in case of an absence. Absences may be made up based upon instructor’s discretion.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of presenting work–either written or spoken–that is not your own. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, not properly citing others’ work, or using someone else’s writing. Platt College will not tolerate plagiarism of any sort and the penalty will be automatic failure of this course and potential dismissal from the college.

Class Expectations: All students will be treated fairly and with respect. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated. If these expectations are violated, the violator will be appropriately disciplined, which may include: a verbal warning, class suspension, expulsion from the class, and expulsion from the college.

Concerns and Disagreements: Any concerns regarding policies or procedures of this course, as stated in this syllabus, or as they occur in class should be discussed directly with me either outside of class or by making an office appointment.

Class Protocol: Make sure all cellular devices are turned off during class time. Due to insurance policies, children are not allowed in the classroom at any time. Try not to leave the class during a topic conversation and please do not enter the class while a speech/discussion is in session.

Class Participation: Participation in this class is required in a variety of ways. Attendance to each class session is extremely important. Every student is expected to participate in a variety of ways including: class discussions, feedback after each student’s speech, listening and staying engaged during each class period, speaking at scheduled times, and physical presence.

Platt Grading Scale:

Grade Percentage

A        90%-100%

B        80%-89%

C        70%-79%

D        60%-69%

Fail    Below 60%

Every tardy results in a 5% deduction of participation grade.
Every absence may result in a 10% deduction of participation grade.
An email notifying me before time may lessen deductions of tardies and absences based upon my discretion.

Class Participation 10%
Projects 50%
Tests/Quizzes 25%
Homework 15%

Project grading will be based on meeting all requirements and displaying artistic control. All projects will be due at the time clearly stated when the project is announced. All late projects will be dropped a full grade for each day it is late. If all requirements are met and the project exhibits an understanding of web design concepts, then you will receive a “B” grade. An “A” grade will only be given for outstanding work.

Extra credit opportunities will be introduced during the course. Projects completed on time may be resubmitted after critique for reconsideration of missed points.

***In order to pass this class, you must take the final exam and ALL assignments must be turned in by the last day of class. Missing assignments will result in an Incomplete grade. Missing the final will result in an F for the course. If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend the final exam, arrangements must be made to take it before the last day of class.