Web Design

A lab-based course that focuses on the development of web content guided by theoretical practices and adherence to current web standards. Students expand their understanding of HTML, CSS, and Javascript while managing their own web domain.

PREREQUISITE: Fundamentals of the Internet or previous experience with HTML & CSS


The goal of Web Design is to understand how today’s internet-based content is organized, designed, and build to incorporate web standards. To successfully complete this course:

  1. Students will be able to structure a web site utilizing current HTML / CSS layout techniques.
  2. Students will be able to create roll-over navigation systems, image maps, and other graphically based interactive web elements.
  3. Students will be able to create basic animated graphics that have been optimized for web usage.
  4. Students will be able to use online libraries, feeds, and other resources to enhance usability and content of a site.
  5. Students will have a basic understanding of, and be able to use entry level server-side interactions on a website.
  6. Students will be able to organize, structure, upload, and update a website using common standards and practices.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: The principal means of instruction for this class will be through hands-on work, assigned readings, discussion, and lecture. Demonstrations will be used when appropriate and practical exercises will reinforce the class lectures. Individual student exploration and problem-solving are expected.

Assignments will include a variety of technical components, which will vary considerably in terms of the amount of time required to complete. You must be prepared for class on a daily basis. If you have prior experience that is closely related to the course content, notify the instructor immediately.

COURSE WORK: Student evaluation is based on the following academic criteria / percentages:

  • Portfolio Projects (50%): Creation of unique interactive content combined with required components is essential to demonstrating the learning objectives of this course. Projects must be portfolio quality work, professionally presented, and available online for public view.
  • Participation (25%): You are expected to attend class and participate in class discussions on a regular basis. In addition to completing assigned readings & assessments, in-class work must be posted online to receive credit. Lack of participation will have a negative affect on your grade. In-Class Exercises / Site of the Day / Menu Page (checked on a weekly basis)
  • Research Assignment (15%):You are responsible for academic research, written investigation, and oral presentation throughout this course. Examination of a current Topic, Trend, or Technique related to the course content must be written & presented to the class.
  • Final Exam (10%): Each student is required to present their final project during the scheduled final exam period. In addition, you must submit a synopsis of your work and complete an skills test / course evaluation.

Assessment is based on a student’s ability to retain, discuss, and apply the concepts introduced in class that meet the objectives of the course. All course work must be submitted electronically through Blackboard in order to receive credit. Grades will be posted on Blackboard for each assignment. All students will receive a Midterm Grade  and a Final Grade.

Do not assume that showing up to class and handing in the required course work will give you high marks. Earning an A indicates that your work is exceptional; You attend class, understand the concepts, push the boundaries, participate regularly, and contribute to an active learning environment. You will have to work for an A.

This is an abbreviated syllabus for foundation design / communication students (sophomore level)