|Semester:||Summer, 2003, 2nd 5 Weeks||Instructor:||Gary Kidney|
|Location:||Online||Office Hours:||By appointment only
The World Wide Web has become a part of normal American life. Web URLs accompany advertising in magazines and television commercials, infusing themselves into our modern culture. Teachers have developed web pages to supplement course work, or, in many cases, deliver full courses over the web.
This course examines the design, development, and distribution of electronic documents, like Web pages. In the course, we'll:
Though the course will focus upon the goal of designing and developing web pages for instructional purposes, the skills learned will apply to a wide range of communications media. The Web is currently evolving faster than most people had ever expected and too fast to maintain a currency with every aspect of its development or every toolset available. The course will provide a basic background and structure to keep an individual from being overwhelmed by the changes and quite competent to design and develop electronic documents that are beneficial to themselves and their clients.
The course is learner-centered, based upon the development of a series of projects that will lead to a culminating portfolio of work. Class time will be used for introductions to topics, sharing, and production. Information transmittal will be predominantly done through self-study of on-line lessons, selected texts, and web pages. Student participation in discussion and sharing activities will be emphasized.
This course fulfills most aspects of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements for Web Mastering (126.28). You will find those specific skills and requirements identified by this logo throughout the lesson pages. Some aspects of these requirements are considered prerequisites to this course (from an Internet Fundamentals course, for instance).
In successfully completing the course, students will:
UHCL has identified seven student-centered learning outcomes. The outcomes are thought to be essential skills and knowledge for all college graduates and included critical thinking, communications, information technology, interpersonal competence, ethical citizenship, global perspectives, and self-directed learning.
This course and its activities, projects, and assignments have been designed to develop and enhance your abilities relative to:
Required course materials include:
Recommended course materials include the following books. You can purchase them on-line from .
|For more information or help with the HTML aspects of this class, consider Sam's Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML in 21 Days (3rd Edition) by Laura Lemay, Denise Tyler, and Rafe Colburn as published by Sams Publishing. ISBN: 0672320770|
|For more information or help with Cascading Style Sheets, consider Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web (2nd Edition) by Hakon Wium Lie, Bert Bos, & Robert Cailliau published by Addison Wesley Publishing. ISBN: 0201596253|
|For more information or help with Dynamic HTML, consider a book by Peter Belesis and others called Dynamic Html Unleashed published by Sams Publishing. ISBN: 1575213532|
|For more information or help with web page design, consider Jack David and Susan Merritt's The Web Design Wow! Book published by Peachpit Press. ISBN: 0201886782.|
This course requires heavy use of computer tools. You will require extensive access to:
|Server or host name:||coursework.cl.uh.edu|
|Username or Account:||The domain pclab\ followed by your UHCL Account Name If you don't know it, you can look it up. For example, if your user name was waltersb1103, you would enter: pclab\waltersb1103|
|Password||Your initial password (the letter "p" followed by your UHCL student ID). This 7-digit number can be found on your registration receipts. For example, if your student ID number was 0012345, you would enter: p0012345|
Once you have FTPed something onto the server, you can see it through the Web by constructing the URL to your Web site. The URL will have the form of:
So, if your username is waltersb1103 and you are in section 01 of INST5635 and your Web page is named index.html, your URL will be:
Obtaining access to these tools is a student responsibility. Even though you are an online student, you are still authorized to use UHCL's on campus computing facilities such as the open computing labs in B-2312 and D-205. These facilities have browsers, ftp tools, and some of the page development tools available for student use. However, the level of help or assistance may not be consistent over all the facilities.
Should you have access to a personal computer at home or through your place of employment that can handle these functions, you may use those resources.
The class calendar, a built-in WebCT tool that you can access from the course menu, will help you manage your progress through this course. While you are encouraged to study and master the material at your own pace, you'll want to insure that you don't lag behind. The course calendar link will allow you to check your progress against the recommended timeline.
Lessons for this class are contained in online units. You can access the information by choosing the "Course Content" link from the course menu.
Final portfolio. The culmination of this class will be the creation of a final portfolio. The final portfolio will be an instructional web site that you have designed, developed, and disseminated. In addition, you will also complete a series of projects and assignments. You can skillfully build your responses to the projects and assignments to fit into, complement, and reinforce your final portfolio's web site. The final portfolio Web page contains links to 10 sample portfolios as well as additional information about the assignment.
Assignments. To organize your progress toward the portfolio web site, you will complete four assignments. They will help you design, plan, and evaluate your web site work. Requirements, specifications, and a sample of these assignments are available in the lessons which assign them.
Projects. To develop the HTML skill needed to build your final portfolio's web site, you will complete five projects that demonstrate your mastery of page development skills. Requirements, specifications, grading template, and a sample of these projects are available in the lessons which assign them.
Activities. To hone your design skills and to insure that you develop mastery of the basic HTML commands, you will complete a variety of interactivities which will require you to share information with the class, evaluate Web sites, take online quizzes, and so forth. Each interactivity and what it involves is described in the lesson that requires it.
For help and support in this class, you have a number of options:
The projects, posting interactivities, assignments total, quizzes, and final portfolio are valued as show in the following table:
|Five projects at 20 points each =||100 pts.|
|Eight quizzes at 10 points each =||80 pts.|
|Four assignments at 10 points each=||40 pts.|
|Ten posting interactivities at 2 points each =||20 pts.|
|Portfolio at 60 points (30 points from self assessment and 30 points from instructor's assessment) =||60 pts.|
|Total =||300 pts.|
|285 - 300||A|
|270 - 284||A-|
|261 - 269||B+|
|249 - 260||B|
|240 - 248||B-|
|225 - 239||C+|
|210 - 224||C|
|Less than 210||F|
No grades of I or Incomplete will be given. Each student will receive the appropriate letter grade based upon the total points on record as of the final class session.
Honor Code. The Academic Honesty Policy at UHCL (as found on pages 76-78 of the 2002-2003 Catalog) states:
"Academic honesty is the cornerstone of the academic integrity of the university. It is the foundation upon which the student builds personal integrity and establishes a standard of personal behavior."
The Honesty Code of UHCL states:
"I will be honest in all my academic activities and will not tolerate dishonesty."
Because honesty and integrity are such important factors, you should be aware that failure to perform within the bounds of these ethical standards is sufficient grounds to receive a grade of "F" in this course and be recommended for suspension from UHCL.
Disabilities. Any individual with a disability who requires a special accommodation should inform the instructor and contact the Disability Services Office Bayou 1402 or call 281-283-2627.
Student Life Policies. The Student Life Policies can be found at: http://b3308-adm.cl.uh.edu/PolicyProcedures/Policy.html.
Withdraw/Drop. The last day to drop or withdraw without penalty is July 28, 2003.
|Last updated:||June 16, 2003|