Fall 2003: Web Site Design and Development Syllabus

U48 218—Web Site Design and Development
Washington University University College

Fall 2003
Saturdays 9:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
30 August—13 December 2003
Eads 14

Instructor: Scott Granneman
Instructor, Washington University and St. Louis Community College
Senior Consultant in Internet Services, Bryan Consulting
Author for SecurityFocus and Apress Books
scott@granneman.com
www.granneman.com

Course Description

This course covers Web site development using the three methods that have been used since Web design first began: hand-coding HTML using a text editor; building Web pages using a WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver; and using the most modern method, a Content Management System that separates design from content while making it easy for non-technical users to update a site. We will cover design principles, Cascading Style Sheets, server-side vs. client-side technologies, Web browsers, and Web servers. We will conclude the course with a brief overview of the future of Web development: XHTML and XML.

Required Texts

There are no required books. Readings will consist of articles, analyses, & ephemera from the Internet. Most of what you need you can access through my Web site; however, each week I will try to recommend a book useful for further study and reference.

In addition, students will need to sign up with the following listservs:

Grading

Your grade will be based on the following factors:

Grades will be based on an average of the above as follows:

100 A+
94-99 A
89-93 A-
86-88 B+
83-85 B
79-82 B-
76-78 C+
73-75 C
69-72 C-
66-68 D+
63-65 D
59-62 D-
0-58 F

Policy regarding academic dishonesty: This course will follow Washington University's policies concerning academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will result in failure for the assignment in question and/or referral to the college's Academic Integrity Office, which has discretion to impose a stricter penalty. While academic dishonesty includes cheating on exams and quizzes, it also includes plagiarism in written assignments. Plagiarism is not only passing off someone else's work as your own, but also giving your work to someone else to pass off as their own. It also includes submitting work from another course. While I strongly encourage you to discuss your work with each other in and out of class, and while you may research issues together, your writing should be your own. The papers you submit must be your work alone, and must include citations to all references in your work. Please include the URL, or Web address, for articles and resources found on the Internet.

Accommodation of disabilities: If you have a disability that might affect your ability to complete the required assignments, please contact me during the first week of class to discuss an accommodation.

Netiquette

It is paramount that we respect each other online in our email listserv. Follow this simple rule: disagree with the idea, but not the person. In other words, it's OK to say "That's a bad idea, because …", and it's not OK to say "You're a bad/stupid/inconsiderate person, because …". If you have an issue with a classmate's behavior online, please bring it to me privately by emailing me at scott@granneman.com. If you'd like to find out more, please feel free to read The Core Rules of Netiquette, by Virginia Shea.

Tentative Schedule

Topic: Introductions & Beginnings
Date: Saturday, 30 August 2003
Software: TextPad, Mozilla
Book: Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy's HTML & XHMTL: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition.
HTML: html, head, body, p, br, hr, character entities
In class:

Readings for next class (unless otherwise stated, you will NOT be quizzed over the contents of these readings):

Topic: Hand-coded HTML
Date: Saturday, 6 September 2003
Software: TextPad, Mozilla, Tidy
Book: Jennifer Niederst's Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference.
HTML: ul, ol, li, img, b, i, center, a
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: Hand-coded HTML
Date: Saturday, 13 September 2002
Software: TextPad, Mozilla
Book: Louis Rosenfeld & Peter Morville's Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (2nd Edition), Jakob Nielsen's Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, and Steve Krug & Roger Black's Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.
HTML:
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: Hand-coded HTML
Date: Saturday, 20 September 2003
Software: TextPad, Mozilla
Book: Eric S. Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary and Chris Dibona & Mark Stone's (Eds.)Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution.
HTML:
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: Middleware ~ Dreamweaver
Date: Saturday, 27 September 2003
HTML mini-project due
Software: Dreamweaver
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Topic: Dreamweaver
Date: Saturday, 4 October 2003
Software: Dreamweaver
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Readings for next class:

Topic: CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
Date: Saturday, 11 October 2003
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Topic: CSS
Date: Saturday, 18 October 2003
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Topic: CSS? Guests?
Date: Saturday, 25 October 2003 (Fall Break weekend)
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Topic: CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
Date: Saturday, 1 November 2003
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Topic: CMS (Content Management Systems)
Date: Saturday, 8 November 2003
CSS mini-project due
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Topic: CMS (Content Management Systems)
Date: Saturday, 15 November 2003
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

Topic: CMS (Content Management Systems)
Date: Saturday, 22 November 2003
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

No class: Thanksgiving

Topic: The Future … is here now: XHTML & XML
Date: Saturday, 6 December 2003
Software:
Book: Elliotte Rusty Harold's The XML Bible, 2nd Edition.
HTML:
In class:

No class: CMS mini-project due
Date: Saturday, 13 December 2003
Software:
Book:
HTML:
In class:

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