Course Description

During this course, students will create several web sites, increasing in complexity. Exploration and analysis of existing sites on the web will also be a focus, and source for information. Students will prove competencies by completing practical exercises and projects.

The focus of this course is to create well designed web pages. The more comfortable you are with design, illustration and Adobe software, the smoother the transition will be in designing for the web. Keep in mind that this technology is changing constantly. Parts of what you learn today could be obsolete soon. Keep your ears and minds open to new ways of handling this medium. Become an internet user. The more you surf and see other sites, the more ideas and information you will have to bringto your own work.


Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics By Jennifer Niederst Robbins, ISBN-10: 1449319270 | ISBN-13: 978-1449319274 | Edition: Fourth Edition

You can order this book from Amazon or from O’Reilly Books. It’s cheaper from Amazon.

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Come to class prepared to take, keep, and refer back to your notes. Bring something to write with, write on, and a way to store your notes. I provide most of the content for this course through lecture and demonstration. I do not give out many handouts. We will explore many helpful web sites to use as references as well.

Optional items

To design websites, you need a computer, software, and an internet connection. All of those are available in our computer labs. However, if you want to do homework at home you’ll need these items:

You are here. You can subscribe to update to the pages via an RSS reader. I’ll go over this briefly.


Grades will be posted on Madison College’s Blackboard as they are entered, so you’ll be able to check how you’re doing as you go along.

Your final grade will be the sum of the following parts:

Web Sites

Several web sites will be created during this course. These sites will be a variety of single and multi-page, contain graphics, hyperlinks and other appropriate content. Criteria for grade evaluation will be supplied for each site.

These websites will have firm deadlines. If you miss a deadline, your grade on the site will lowered to a C.

Mini Exercises

In order to learn specific page design and layout skills, you will create several short “mini pages” or exercises. The completion of all the mini pages will be equal to one full site grade. In addition, these mini pages will serve as content on your personal web page.

These exercises will have firm deadlines. If you miss a deadline, your grade on the exercise will lowered to a C.


Attendance is essential. You are expected to attend every class. Do as much homework and prep work as you can outside of class, and bring everything you need each day. For attendance to be counted you must:

Bottom line

At the end of the semester, I tally up all the points you have accumulated and grade based on a fairly generous scale:


An incomplete grade will only be granted for extreme reasons such as severe illness, death in family. They will not be granted for failure to complete projects, or not completing projects to your standards. If you cannot remain in the course, you are responsible for notifying the enrollment center or division office to withdraw. If not, your grade will be “F”.Incompletes


Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to be familiar with Madison College policies and procedures. Many of the important policies and procedures are on the MATC website, located at

Academic Integrity is an expectation in all Madison College classes. Plagiarism, cheating and collusion are prohibited at Madison College. Plagiarism is defined as passing of another person’s work as your own. Students who fail to observe these standards are subject to disciplinary action. Madison College has a strong policy on Academic Misconduct which is published on the Madison College website. Please refer to this page on the Madison College web site to review all Academic Integrity and Misconduct policies located at

Disability Act Statement:

Madison College complies with all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and makes reasonable accommodations upon request. Please contact Disability Resources Services at 246-6716 (Students who are deaf via Relay 711), room 159 at Truax or email [email protected].

If you have an accommodation card from their office indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present it to me so we can discuss the accommodations that you might need in this class. It is best to request these accommodations at the beginning if not before class so there is ample time to make the accommodations.

Technical Assistance:

Student Computer Help Desk is located in the Truax Library Open Computer Lab. Student lab assistance are available in person, by phone, (608) 243-4444; toll-free at (866) 277-4445; by email at:

Class Cancellation:

Besides local radio stations and the MATC website, students can call the hotline to inquire about weather related school closings. (608) 246-6606.

Syllabus Changes:

As your instructor, I retain the right to make changes based on the timeline of the class, feedback from learners and/or logistical issues and will inform you as soon as a change is made.

Other Resources:

Counseling Services at Madison College: 608-246-6076.

Advising and Career Resources at MATC: [email protected].

Student Writing Center Assistance:

Madison College Blackboard Student Support information:

Student Email:

You must activate and check your MATC email. I will be using this to communicate to the class. If you prefer to use another email account, follow the instructions in the link to forward your MATC account to another:

Student email can be accessed at:


Final Grades are: A, AB, B, BC, C, D, and F

Your grade will also take into consideration:

Missed Deadlines

A missed deadline will reduce the starting grade on the project to a “C”.

Critiques & Class participation

We will have discussions and group critiques (crits) during which your participation is very important. Crits should be fun, participatory, and helpful, providing useful suggestions for improvement and kudos for jobs well done. If crits are scheduled at the beginning of class, show-up with your work ready to show. Take notes in critiques.