Introduction to Web Design

DMD116 @ CLC

This course is an introduction to Web page design and creation using Dreamweaver. Students will also gain a fundamental knowledge of HTML and XHTML. Students will study: using graphics, sound, video, animation, and other media elements, and scripts to enhance their Web pages, and using Cascading Style Sheets for the look and feel. Students will become familiar with the basic concepts of Web design and color with an emphasis on designing for visual appeal and user-friendly navigation. Students will also leave the course with the skills to publish and maintain their Web sites.

Course Prerequisites:

DMD115, or computer and Internet literacy with details as follows:

  • Creating, saving, and editing files in Windows or MAC
  • Basic editing (copy/paste)
  • Copying files
  • Downloading files off the Internet
  • Opening Web sites, using search engines

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to

  • Demonstrate skillfulness in using Dreamweaver to create Web pages
  • Gain a working knowledge of HTML and XHTML
  • Identify good and bad Web design
  • Apply basic principles of screen design, text design, and color design
  • Create and use Cascading Style Sheets for creative control
  • Demonstrate familiarity with different sound, graphic, and video file formats for Web publishing
  • Incorporate various media elements and interactive components into a Web page
  • Publish and manage Web sites through FTP and/or Web applications

Text:

Optional:

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 On Demand, Johnson Copyright 10

ISBN 0-7897-4444-9

You can buy an educational version of Dreamweaver at the CLC bookstore — if you do, buy the entire suite (includes Flash). It is a much better deal!

Class Web Site:

Go to CLC’s online teaching and learning site Blackboard at http://clc.blackboard.com.

Follow the instructions on the page to login to the system. DMD 116 shall be automatically listed under “My Courses” in your personal account. Class announcements, readings, in-class exercise topics, assignments, and other related materials will be provided there.

Note: Course Schedule and Materials are subject to necessary modifications based on         the class progress.

Requirements and Grading:

Required Work Points
Group Project 100
Final Project 250
Homework Assignments 250
Final Exam 100
Study Aides 60

Group Project: this is where you demonstrate mastery of Web page design concepts and skills covered for specific topics. Projects will be evaluated in class by your classmates.

Final project: The biggest project of the class. You are expected to create a professional looking, functioning Web site that integrate the skills and concepts covered throughout the semester.

Final Exam consists of multiple choice, true/false, and Fill in the blank questions. Questions are taken from text, class notes, and class Web site.

Homework Assignments are the dreamweaver activities based on the video tutorials.

Learning Opportunities are Questions you have written based on your understanding of the course material that week.

Grade Scale

A = 100. – 90 %
B = 89.9 – 80 %
C = 79.9 – 70 %
D = 69.9 – 60 %
F = 59.9 – 0.00 % (earned “F” for students who continue to attend class through the end of the term but fail to pass the class. Students must maintain a passing grade by midterm)

Course Policies:

Student Responsibilities: Refer to the Course Schedule below for topics, reading assignments and homework. It is your responsibility to complete assignments, projects, and the tests according to our schedule.

Students are required to attend all class meetings and participate actively to gain a good understanding of the concepts and master the skills. They are responsible for obtaining materials distributed on class days when they were absent. This can be done through contacting a classmate who was present or by contacting the instructor. However, the instructor will not give makeup lectures for missed class periods. Missed or late tests can NOT be made up unless with good cause and adequate notice.

Assignments: Closely follow instructions for all required assignments on how to complete them, and when and how to hand them in. Misplaced assignments will not be graded.

Unless otherwise told, an assignment are due by the next class time. If you know you are going to be away for a few days, communicate with me and work ahead! Don’t fall behind. Most of all have fun with these assignments and this class.

WARNING: Those who miss the first two projects and the Midterm Exam will have difficulty completing the course; therefore, they will be dropped from the course officially. Students who stop attending class for three consecutive weeks prior to the midterm date without advance notice or prompt explanations to your instructor will be officially withdrawn from class.

Academic Integrity: The very nature of higher education requires that students adhere to accepted standards of academic integrity. Students must do their own work for assignments and exams. It is violating the College Policies Governing Student Rights and Responsibilities that you copy other people’s work and claim it as yours. Other violations include falsification and fabrication, unauthorized complicity, abuse of academic materials, complicity in academic dishonesty, falsification of records and official documents, personal misrepresentation and proxy, and bribes, favors, and threats. (Note: you can find the policies in the Student Handbook.)

Students will automatically fail the assignment or exam for any violation of the standards of academic integrity in it. Students who assist other people in cheating or plagiarism will get the same penalty. In addition, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the Office of the Vice President for Student Development.

Also, respect one another and be responsible. No comments or postings with vulgar or insulting content will be tolerated in the classroom or on the course Blackboard. No personal attacks. Everyone has a right to his or her opinion. One person talks at a time. No surfing the net or answering emails during class sessions. Please put away cell phones.

Computing Facilities:

Make sure you have frequent access to a computer with Internet connection and free space to install and test out some free trial versions of programs.

Six Multimedia computers (equipped with most software needed for this course) in the library of the Grayslake campus are reserved for students enrolled in Digital Media and Design courses. Check out the library hours at http://www.clcillinois.edu/frameset.asp?url=http://yyz.clcillinois.edu/library/

Special Needs:

If you are a student with a documented disability and may need academic accommodations such as extended time for exams and/or an in-class note taker, please present documentation to the Office for Students with Disabilities in L112 at the Grayslake campus. To schedule an appointment, please call:
voice (847) 543-2055
TTY 223-0134

If you have already contacted the Office for Students with Disabilities and have completed the Instructor Notification Form, please schedule a time to meet with me and discuss your needs.

Instructor: Russ Pearson
Office: L034
Office hours: One hour before Class and on Instant Messanger and Twitter
Phone: 847-543-2656
E-mail: Rpearson@clcillinois.edu