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Description

This undergraduate, media production seminar introduces students to the basic technologies and techniques of web programming and design. The course focuses on the core technologies of web content development: hypertext markup language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It also develops facility with interactive media design strategies for effective communication, provides instruction in web graphics and industry-standard graphics manipulation software like Adobe PhotoShop and GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), and cultivates practical skills with project planning and management. Instruction is organized around three web projects--a personal site, a web-based information or training application, and e-commerce. In the process of completing these projects, students plan and develop actual working websites suitable for a professional portfolio, learn how to write and style content for web delivery, and achieve proficiency with web programming languages, Internet technology, and interactive media design practices.

Who Where When

Location: DuSable Hall 218
Time: MW 3:30-4:45pm
Instructor: Dr. David J. Gunkel
Department: Communication
Office: Reavis 112
Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00, W 5:00-6:00 & by appointment
Phone: 773.775.2792
Email: dgunkel@niu.edu

Teaching Assistant: Tyler Platek
Email: z1671547@students.niu.edu

Texts & Resources


HTML & CSS Book Above the Fold Book
Jon Duckett. HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-00818-8.
Brian Miller. Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design. Cincinnati, OH: How Books. ISBN: 978-1-4403-0842-0.

These two texts are required and must be procured by all students enrolled in the course. In addition to these print publications, there are also a number of on-line resources and programming tools that students may want to consult or use in their web programming work.

Application Programs
notepad++ textwrangler gimp pixlr fookes

Web Programming

Objectives

Students will learn and become proficient with the following interactive media production skills: