Preparation

Students are responsible for reading and preparing all assigned class materials in accordance with the course calendar. Because the readings are aimed at developing practical skills with HTML/CSS and web page design, students are encouraged to try to execute instructions provided in the text prior to class meetings. Consequently, reading in this course does not consist in accessing and comprehending information but in learning how to apply concrete skills to specific web programming and design challenges.

Course Structure

This class is not a lecture-course. It is a practicum. Therefore, the responsibility for working through the material and structuring an effective learning environment falls to each member of the course.

Attendance

Because the environment of the course is interactive and collaborative, it is necessary that students attend and participate in every class meeting. Attendance is, therefore, mandatory. Students are permitted two (2) unexcused absences. After that, the final grade will be reduced by 10 points per additional absence. This guideline is not inflexible and is subject to change due to individual circumstances. This alteration, however, must be confirmed with the instructor. When possible, this should be accomplished before the additional absence(s). In the case of any absence, it is the student's responsibility to make-up the missed work by obtaining notes from classmates or reading the assigned material. The instructor will not provide individual instruction for students who have missed a regularly scheduled class meeting.

Student Assessment

Students will be responsible for developing and producing three web projects: a personal site, a web-based information application, and a design for e-commerce.

General Requirements
  • Projects must be turned in on time. Due dates are indicated on the course calendar.
  • Projects may be delivered either on fixed media (e.g. USB jump drive) or over the Internet. If submitting fixed media, the media must be labeled with the title of the project, the designer's name and email address, and the name of the initial page. If submitting online, students should turn-in a piece of paper indicating the designer's name, the project title, and the site's URL. Online projects must be complete and fully functional by the scheduled due date.
  • Projects must be written in a code editor, like NotePad++ on the Windows platform or TextWrangler on the Mac OS. Students may not use commercially available website builders (i.e. Abobe Muse, WIX.com, Bubble, WordPress, etc.). Students may use CSS frameworks (i.e. Pure.css, Bootstrap, etc.) and html/css libraries for the final project. Use of these features must be clearly indicated in the file's source code.
  • Projects will be presented to the seminar in accordance with the due dates published in the course calendar. These presentations should be approximately 4-5 minutes in length. They should introduce the project, demonstrate the design approach, and provide an overview of the content. The presentations are an opportunity for course participants to view and learn from the experiences of each other.
Project One - The first project consists of a personal site. In this project, you will employ and demonstrate your facility with basic HTML and web design strategies to present professional information about yourself (i.e. education, awards, work experience, internships, career aspirations, examples of your work, etc.). The finished product should comprise no less than five (5) interlinked pages.
Matt Mroz - Personal Website Ben Gatrel - Personnel Website Ilona Meagher - Personal Website
Project Two - For the second project, students will create a web application for information delivery. The content for the second project must come from a third party client. The client will provide you with the content for the project. Clients may be corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, or community/campus groups. You will work with the client to identify specific project objectives, to gather and develop site content, and to employ web program and design skills to create an effective web site that accomplishes the client's goals and meets their expectations. This approach provides practical "on-the-job training" and results in actual web programming examples that students can include in their portfolio. In terms of size, the project should be no less than 6 and no more than 10 pages.
Kris Hammerle - Kiwanis Mark Gresholdt - Marching Band Dan Kapper - Kapper Physical Therapy
Project Three - The third project will be an e-commerce application. E-commerce is the use of a web to sell a product or a service either to consumers or to other businesses (what is often called business-to-business e-commerce or b2b). For this reason, an e-commerce site should provide basic company information, detailed product/service data, customer support options, and the ability for users to order and/or purchase products and services on-line. As in project two, this project will require that you work with a client, who will provide the product/service to promote and sell. The length of the project will be dictated by its content. However, as a rule of thumb, the third project should be no less than 8 and no more than 12 pages.
Jeff Berger - Architectural Renderings Lydia Lindenberg - Creative Hands Mike Ocenasek - Nippon No Rock

Grading

Student projects will be evaluated following a standard evaluation rubric. The rubric is divided into five categories: content, structure, design, HTML, and presentation. Because each project introduces new design challenges, HTML tags, and interactive features, each project has its own evaluation rubric. Students are encouraged to use the evaluation rubric to guide their work and to check their designs prior to formal evaluation by the instructor.

Evaluation Form 1 Evaluation Form 2 Evaluation Form 3
Evaluation Distribution
Project One = 100 points
Project Two = 100 points
Project Three = 100 points
Grade Scale
A = 280-300
A- = 270-279
B+ = 260-269
B = 250-259
B- = 240-249
C+ = 230-239
C = 210-229
D = 180-209
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Policies

Academic Integrity - Good academic work must be based on honesty. The attempt of any student to present as his or her own work that which he or she has not produced is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense. Students are considered to have cheated if they copy the work of another during an examination or turn in a paper or an assignment written, in whole or in part, by someone else. Students are responsible for plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy material from books, magazines, or other sources without identifying and acknowledging those sources or if they paraphrase ideas from such sources without acknowledging them. Students responsible for, or assisting others in, either cheating or plagiarism on an assignment, quiz, or examination may receive a grade of F for the course involved and may be suspended or dismissed from the university.

Classroom Conduct - This course encourages students to form, express, and defend their own ideas. In order to ensure a fair and equitable environment for the open discussion of these ideas, students agree to be respectful and civil in their interactions with each other and with the instructor. Debate and criticism will be directed to ideas and the mode of their expression and not to the individual person who articulates it.

Accessibility - Northern Illinois University is committed to providing an accessible educational environment in collaboration with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Any student requiring an academic accommodation due to a disability should let his or her faculty member know as soon as possible. Students who need academic accommodations based on the impact of a disability will be encouraged to contact the DRC if they have not done so already. The DRC is located on the 4th floor of the Health Services Building, and can be reached at 815-753-1303 or drc@niu.edu.

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