Beginning Web Development
CIT 151Section I 01
||Spring, 2006 (January - May)
||18 Ja 06
|You should set aside two or more definite times each week to
do your work.
|Instructor e-mail address:
- Frank Daniels
Great Basin College Ely Branch Campus
Ely, NV 89301
- (775) 289-3589 (office)
(775) 289-3599 (college fax)
Textbook: online + optional. Each week, instructions for that week's
material and that week's assignment will be posted. Additionally, students may
choose to purchase the following book:
Using HTML4, XML, and
Java1.2, Platinum Edition, by Eric Ladd, Jim O'Donnell, et
al.. Published by Que Corporation. ISBN: 0-7897-1759-X.
This book may be
ordered through your outlet of choice (e.g., Amazon.com) or through MBS Direct
at this location.
- You must be using a Windows 95 or higher system.
- You must have your own access to the Internet through a commercial
- You must have the access software installed and working. This class
does not teach how to set up the access software.
- You must have an Internet user (or login) name if you are using the
GBC computer labs.
- You must have a Web browser and e-mail. The class assumes you are
using Netscape version 7.2 or 8.0, but Internet Explorer 6 or
higher is acceptable. Netscape 6 may experience problems during the last five
default). You need an e-mail account somewhere to send and receive feedback.
The class assumes that you know how to properly use e-mail and your browser.
- Some form of text editor is required. It is URGED that you
use WordPad, a simple text editor that comes with Windows. Do not use more
complex text editors that may add to your code.
- DO NOT use any sort of HTML editor, such as FrontPage or Netscape
Composer. These can make your work more difficult, especially with the
advanced applications. The preferred editor is WordPad, which comes
free and installed with every copy of Windows. The course teaches the actual
language(s) used in creating web pages, but knowledge of those languages
beforehand is not required.
- You must have space for your web pages and that you know how to upload
files to this space. Companies such as Tripod, Fortunecity, 0Catch, and others
provide free space. Some code (particularly "embedded ads") on certain
companies' pages interferes with certain of our later lessons.
Class Description:The course starts with the basics of the HyperText
Markup Language and continues upward, covering such topics as titles, headlines,
paragraphs, font styles, special characters, links to other documents, links
within the same document, unordered and ordered lists, definition lists,
backgrounds, images, tables, frames, and basic forms. In addition, an
introduction to Scripting Languages will follow, including how to create "smart
following week. Some of the assignments will involve downloading files from
This course is NOT "self-paced". It is considerably
difficult later on, but if you succeed in keeping up and ask questions about
material that you do not understand, you will succeed. Remember that you have a
"live" instructor who will answer your questions -- this is not a correspondence
Here is the course schedule. If you get behind it may prove difficult to
|January 23 - 27
|January 30 - February 3
|February 6 - 10
|February 13 - 17
|February 20 - 24
|February 27 - March 3
|March 6 - 10
|March 13 - 17
|March 20 - 24
|March 27 - 31
|April 3 - 7
|April 10 - 14
|April 17 - 21
|April 24 - 28
|May 1 - 5
||Lesson 15 |
Each lesson is due at 5PM Pacific Time on the Sunday following the
date when they first appear (as indicated in the above table). The course
ends at 5PM PT on May 8th, 2006.
NOTE: The Great Basin College Spring Break takes place during the last
full week of March. This class ignores holidays. A lesson will be posted
the Monday of that week. Your Internet access should not be from a provider that
will restrict your access during that week or at any other time. Lessons are
normally posted on Mondays.
Check your lessons to be sure they are complete before e-mailing your
instructor. When you complete a lesson, or if you have a question about
an assignment, post that lesson to your web space, then e-mail me. I will let
you know what changes to make (if any), and ideally, you will become better at
noticing what corrections need to be made as time passes. Sometimes, there may
be several stages of corrections to be made: spotting one mistake may reveal
another! Once you have completed an assignment, you will be instructed to
continue to the next available assignment. Do not submit an assignment until the
previous assignment has been completed.
Course Objectives:At the end of the course, each student should be able
to create your own pages for the World Wide Web, using the vast majority of
commonly used tags. You will write script enabling you to process forms with
Java applet programming, which you may want to use if you choose to become a web
Learning Outcomes:The successful student will be able to compose web
pages from scratch, including the following elements:
Skill with these will be
assessed each week through assignments.
- bold, italicized, and underlined text;
- colored text;
- ordered and unordered lists, including outlines;
- definition lists;
- basic and nested tables;
- background colors and images;
- basic and nested frames;
- pop-up messages and ads;
- rotating banners;
- "mouse-over" events;
Instructional Methods:The class will be taught using lessons posted to
the course's website. New tags and more complicated structures will be taught
each week. Students are encouraged to explore their use beyond what the
assignments require. Class assignments will be given using these new commands
and concepts. Grades will be based on the successful and timely completion of
the assignments. Late lessons will be docked points.
NOTE: Some lectures occupy more than one "page" online.
Grading:The class is graded on participation and the various
assignments. The fifteen assignments are worth 10 points per assignment. Each
assignment must be judged complete and must be done in a timely fashion.
If you succeed in getting each assignment complete on time, you will be awarded
all ten points for the assignment(s).
Do not go ahead to the next assignment
until your previous assignment has been called "done." The total number of
points available for the semester is 150 points. The number of points required
to obtain each grade is as follows:
The Nevada System of Higher Education expressly forbids all forms of academic
dishonesty, including (but not limited to) all forms of cheating, copying, and
plagiarism. Students who are discovered cheating will be assigned zero points
for the current assignment. If the cheating is believed to be widespread -- to
involve other students and/or to cover more than one assignment or test -- then
all students involved will receive "F" grades for the course and will be brought
to the GBC Academic Officers for prosecution. I will normally recommend that
students found guilty in that instance be placed on one year disciplinary
Starting from scratch:This class covers the Internet and is accessed
from the Internet. Therefore, there has to be contact between us quickly.
Send me an e-mail message (via the address above) telling me you are
ready to begin, and you need to do this by January 27th, 2006. If you
need to find some help to get started, you may always e-mail, or phone me at the
If you have problems using WebCT, call Pat Phillips at (775) 753-3511,
or e-mail the Tech Desk. Near the
beginning of the semester, there is normally a WebCT orientation at your local
site that you may participate in.
- Have your Internet access installed and ready. Know your user name.
- E-mail your instructor directly -- NOT through WebCT -- by January
27th. We will make e-mail contact every week.
- Become acquainted with the WebCT environment.
- Retrieve your lessons, which will be posted as web pages (you may access
them through the WebCT calendar).
- As you finish each assignment, e-mail me, telling me that you have
completed it (and where to find it). EACH TIME, give me the complete
URL of each page that you want me to examine. If you have no web space
available at the start of the course, you must quickly obtain an account from
an organization (such as Tripod or 0Catch) -- if you do not already have space
available to you -- so that you will have a place to put (and see!) your
All lessons are © 1997, 2006 Frank Daniels
and are licensed to
Great Basin College