Syllabus: CIS 152: Web Design 1

Warning: This class moves at a very rapid pace during the summer. If you have limited time or are prone to procrastination, I would recommend you take this course during the fall or spring semesters. You will cover a great deal of information in a short amount of time and any disruption in your schedule may result in falling behind. The course has strict deadlines to help you achieve a pace that completes the course in a timely and organized manner. Give this a great deal of consideration.

Description:Basic skills for creating business- oriented websites with HTML 5 and CSS3 coding for building responsive websites.

Prerequisite: None

Course Instructor: Derek Dallas
Office Number: B136
Office Hours: Here
I will hold live video chat office hours using Google+ hangouts. My Gmail address for this is You will need to create your own Gmail account so that we can have video chats. Please contact me to schedule a time to chat. Please use a mobile device with a camera or a USB webcam so that we may communicate using this method.
Office Telephone Number: (217)353-2351

Class times: This is an online only course
Class Location: None

Course Text Book: There is no text book for this course. All readings will come from course weblinks and other online sources.

Required Software: Free Software needed for the course (choose based on type of machine you are using): Everything used is open source and freely available in most cases. My intention is to make sure noone has to buy any special software to take this class.

Browsers: Windows users: Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer , Mac users: Firefox

Text Editor:
Windows users: Notepad: Free with Operating System, Aptana Studio 3
Mac Users: Brackets or Text Wrangler

SFTP Application:
Windows users - Winscp, FileZilla client
Mac Users: CyberDuck or Fetch

Prerequisites ( or Equivalent experience)
CIS 152 should not be your first computer-based course. Before taking CIS 152, you must be able to use programs in a Windows environment. If you are a Mac user, you will be required to adapt project instructions to the Mac environment.
In a Windows environment, you should be able to:

start programs by using the program list from the Start button
open existing documents located in folders other than the Documents folder
save documents to folders other than the Documents folder
minimize, maximize, restore and close files
move and resize windows that are open on the desktop
copy and paste text from one document to another
move between several programs open on the desktop at the same time

File management skills include being able to:

create folders,
move files into folders,
organize files in folders,
find, copy, delete and rename files that are stored in a folder
"unzip" files that you download
understand the "path" that represents a file stored in a Windows environment. Example: F:\parkland\cis152\syllabus.htm

You should also know how to:

use a USB storage device to save files
send an attachment using email
use the Internet as a reference tool
use the Internet to download files to a folder that you have created
use the Internet to upload files to online storage
recognize what the different parts of a URL represent. Example:

If you are weak in these areas,consider enrolling in CTC courses related to the Internet and file management or enroll in a section that meets on campus to benefit from lectures and classroom demonstration.

You are required to activate your Parkland student email account and to check your email sent through Parkland student email and Cobra email often during the semester. News Items will also be posted frequently on the class page in Cobra. Watch for these announcements in Cobra.
Course content is updated each semester to keep it current. It may not be possible, therefore, to have students "work ahead" and finish the course in less than 16 weeks. Links for project instructions and lecture notes will be activated on the class web page as the semester progresses.

Submitting Projects
This course requires that you complete projects according to deadlines published on the class web page. Deadlines for assignments will be strictly enforced! All deadlines are based on Illinois time. If you are out of state, be sure that you submit projects according to the Illinois (Central) time zone. Late work is not accepted without approval from the instructor. Waiting until the same day that a project is due to start your work is not a good plan for a course that requires computer equipment and electronic submission. Plan ahead. Start work on the project as soon as it is available.
During the summer you will turn in two projects per week. Each project will usually have a quiz, available online (taken using Cobra) and a lab activity.

You may turn in projects BEFORE the deadline. The link for quizzes (taken using Cobra) will be disabled at 11:55 p.m. on the due date. You cannot take a quiz after the deadline expires.

A drop box on Cobra will be provided for each project for you to submit your lab activities. You will not receive any points for lab activities submitted after the deadline on the due date for the project.Scores and brief comments for your lab activities will be posted in your Cobra grade book for the course. If you miss a lot of points, comments may also be sent to you as a separate email. If coding corrections need to be sent to you, Parkland student email will be used. To receive an "A" for the course, you must complete all lab activities for projects, even if you turn them in too late to receive points and you must complete the final exam project. It will be difficult to accumulate enough points to earn an "A" for the course if you turn in projects past the deadline.

For each project, it is important to turn in SOMETHING!! If you are unable to complete the entire project, turn in what you have done. Guess if you have to, but answer at least one question to show that you looked at the assignment and made an attempt to learn something. Start the assignment early so that if something unexpected happens just before the deadline, you will still have something to turn in. Many assignments build on the previous assignment. So, if you miss turning in an assignment, it is possible that you will not be able to do the next project until you do go back and complete the previous work.

If you experience any difficulty with finding/understanding the project instructions, it is your responsibility to report these problems as soon as possible. Occasionally web servers will be "down" for short periods of time. If this should happen during the semester, notices will be sent to your Parkland student email account or through Cobra for what to do. If Parkland's email and Cobra are both down, notices will be put on the class web page. You should also have an email account at Gmail for this course. Notices may be sent there if all Parkland systems are "down" for more than a few hours. Never assume that server problems will postpone a deadline!! If any server problems develop, an alternative way will be used to provide any information you need to work on projects. Deadlines are FIRM in this course to keep everyone moving through the material at a steady pace and to allow time for evaluation and feedback on projects.

Many Internet references are used for this course. Because of the constantly changing environment of the Web, occasionally URLs that are given to use in projects are unavailable. Please report these by email to the instructor. All links published as part of a project are checked by the instructor close to the date that the project instructions are released to you, however, with the ever-changing environment of the web, occasionally you will find links that are unavailable or websites that look different than the written instructions describe. You are, however, expected to make a reasonable effort to find similar websites to find information if the website given in project instructions fails or looks different. For example, if you are told to answer a question about what the names are for current browsers ....and the website given to find the information is a broken link...go to and type in a search request for "current browsers" to see if you can find the information with a different website. If you are working from a printed copy of the project instructions and find a problem with a link or instructions, please check the online set of instructions to see if changes/updates have been made.

Study Time
This course requires quite a bit of time "online." You must have a reliable, reasonably fast connection to the Internet. The amount of time required to complete projects will vary widely depending on your computer experience, internet connection speed, ability to read written instructions, interest in the topic and desire to earn a quality grade. "Average" students in previous semesters reported that they spent approximately 4-6 hours per week for this class. You may require much less or much more time based on your circumstances.
According to Parkland's catalog:For every credit hour earned for a course, the "beginner" student can expect to spend up to 3 hours per week on coursework. Therefore, in a 3-credit hour course, it is reasonable for the average student to expect to spend up to 9 hours/week doing coursework (attending class, reading, working on projects).

Equipment Failures
Have a backup computer (Parkland's labs, friends, family, work) available if your primary computer should develop problems. Having problems with your computer is not a valid excuse for late work. You are encouraged to get started early on each project to be sure that you allow enough time to complete the work required by the deadline. You may submit work BEFORE the deadline!
It is your responsibility to check the class web page, Cobra and your student email frequently for updates or possible corrections/changes to the assignment. Saying that you sent the project but "something must have happened to it," so it never made it is not a valid excuse for late work. After sending work, it is your responsibility to be sure that it sent properly. After submitting, check your Cobra drop box for the project and/or Parkland student email's "Sent" folder, depending on how you were instructed to submit the project. Make sure that all parts of the project were submitted.

Conflicts with Course Progress
If you have an extended illness or other extreme conflict for meeting a deadline, please contact the instructor to discuss the issue before due dates expire and to discuss your progress in the course. You must contact the instructor as soon as possible if you are having difficulty meeting deadlines. Waiting a long time before contacting the instructor when you are unable to keep up with the work, will probably result in a significant loss of points. If you request an extension to submit a project, you will be required to provide documentation for any illness or conflict. If you are "absent" (no email or project received) for more than two weeks before midterm, you will be "withdrawn" from the class when midterm grades are posted. After midterm, it is your responsibility to withdraw in writing through the Admissions and Records office if you are unable to complete the coursework. If you do not withdraw but have not completed the coursework for the class, your final grade for the course will be an F.

Feedback on Projects
Your score will be displayed in your Cobra account. This makes it easy for you to track your progress in this course.

Quizzes and Exam
There is a quiz each week, unless specified otherwise. It will cover the content presented in that weeks projects. Quizzes will be taken online using Cobra. Dates and details for the Midterm project and Final Project are listed on the course schedule and you will submited through Cobra.
There is no "written" final exam. The exam is in the form of a final website designed and coded by you, based on the details provided by instructor.
If you do not complete the final exam project for this course, your final grade for the course will be an F.

Student Online Learning System
COBRA is the online learning system being used for this course. You can access Cobra directly using: You can also login to your Cobra account from your account: When you login to your account, click on the icon for "Cobra Learning." Cobra will be used to post grades and you will also find a link to the course schedule which will contain the assignments that you need to complete.

WEB PAGE: Information regarding the class including instructor, syllabus, schedules, notes, and project information can be accessed from the class web page by either following the CIS 152 link from the instructor's home page at: or directly at or through COBRA. We will also be using Parkland's online system COBRA for grade reporting.

Additional Information

DROPS/WITHDRAWALS: On the seventh day after classes start, I am required to assess your attendance. If you have not attended regularly to that point, you will be dropped with no refund of tuition or fees. After the seventh day, you should not plan on an instructor withdrawal. If you want to withdraw from the course, You are responsible for your own withdrawal by the withdrawal date. Non-attendance after the seventh day will result in an F if you don't withdraw yourself.

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D.M. COMPUTER LAB. INFO:Computer Lab. Schedule: Digital Media has dedicated computer labs in D207, D208 & D-227.
During regularly scheduled class time the computers are reserved for the student, However, if empty computers near the back of the room are open you may use them.
However, any behavior that disrupts the class or that offends instructors, classmates, and other students that also use the lab will not be tolerated.