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CIT 151
Beginning Web Development
(using Dreamweaver CS3)

Revised: Summer, 2008
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: HTC 133
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
E-mail: due to increased spam my email address will be provided the first day of class
Class Web Page:
Textbook: Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, 1st ed. by Shelly, Cashman, Wells & Freund, ISBN 142391242X, Course Technology. Search using the title, author, or ISBN for pricing at various discounters/used book dealers, or pay full price at the college bookstore.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: CIT 151 Beginning Web Development. Create and maintain pages using HTML and some of the many scripts currently in use on the web. Organize and operate a web site using linear, non-linear, and interactive capabilities to clearly present and stimulate interest in web site content. Prerequisite: IS 201 (formerly COT 203) or instructor's approval.

Welcome to CIT 151 Beginning Web Development. This course is designed to meet the needs of two groups of students, 1st for students planning to achieve either GBC's Web Specialist or Information Specialist AAS degree emphases, and 2nd for those who want a significant introduction in web page design and creation. IS 201 (formerly COT 203) is a prerequisite to this class as basic skills in word processing and database management systems are necessary for successful completion of this course. This class is primarily hands-on but includes significant discussion and some lecture components as well; so, please read each chapter prior to its presentation and discussion in class. The most significant assignment is your class project which includes the design, creation, posting, & maintenance of a website that has coherent content, a logical navigation structure, follows industry standards, & provides for basic security. More comprehensive information about this project will be provided a bit after midway through the class. All other assignment due dates will be noted when the assignments are given. Additional time outside of class will be needed to complete assignments. To complete assignments students may use any open GBC computer lab or, if available, their own computer and appropriate software.

Files for student use with exercises in the text can be found at or by clicking the textbook's student downloads link listed with additional relevant websites in the upper right menu of the class web page.

In this class we will cover HTML (hypertext markup language) code quite extensively, including links, tables, frames, forms, and much more. We will also introduce good web design practices, CSS (cascading style sheets), the use of FTP (file transfer protocol), DHTML (dynamic HTML), some Javascript. In addition, we will begin the discussion of good web security practices and the use of databases for website integration into eCommerce.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: This class will be taught live via interactive video with a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands on exercises. You are expected to participate in discussions during each class, complete various assignments, create a website your class project, and participate in other class activities. A significant portion of your grade will come from files you create and post on the COT Department's web server.

I can be reached at the phone number listed above or you can make an appointment to see me during office hours or at other times. My usual office hours are posted on my office door and on my web site. The schedule of readings and major assignments is found below. Additional assignments may be given during class sessions.


The successful student in this class will be able to:
  1. create well-designed web pages using images, tables, frames, forms & cascading style sheets;
  2. maintain the many files, images, & links needed for well-designed web pages;
  3. use FTP to move files between their computer and their Internet server;
  4. implement well-structured interactive elements using Dreamweaver;
  5. identify & describe the use of JavaScript, Flash, and PhotoShop;
  6. apply concepts required for a well-designed website that is easy to use and understand.
Learner Outcome Measurements
Measurement Method Learner Outcomes
Class Discussion 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Assignments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Project 1, 2, 3, 4, 6


GRADING POLICY:This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 30% on class participation and discussion, 30% on your assignments, and 40% on your project. All assignments are due by the beginning of the next class unless otherwise indicated by the instructor when they are assigned.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: The instructor must agree in advance to any excused absences unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Three (3) unexcused absences can result in a failing grade, in an on-line class an absence is one week when you do not participate in class or contact the instructor.

OTHER POLICIES: The student rights & responsibilities policy stated in the current GBC Catalog apply to this class. If you need special accommodations please contact GBC's ADA Officer at 775-753-2271 as soon as possible. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and can result in a failing grade. This syllabus is not a contract and is subject to reasonable changes as the class proceeds.


You should have read and be prepared to discuss each week's topics by the beginning of class. We will have significant hands on experiences during most lessons.

Readings, topics, & major assignments by week:
(Please note: the following schedule is subject to change based on class progress)
Week 1: Introduction
browsers, web standards, non-linear thinking,
blogs, wikis, eCommerce, FTP, servers, etc.
Week 2: Chapter 1
introduction to Dreamweaver,
ideas for your website due
Week 3: Chapter 2 adding pages, links, & images
Week 4: Chapter 3 tables & page layouts
Week 5: Chapter 4 forms
Week 6: Chapter 5 templates & CSS
Week 7: Chapter 6 abs. positioning, images maps, & navigation tools
Week 8: Chapter 7 introduction to frames
Week 9: Chapter 8 animation & behaviors
Week 10: Chapter 9
media objects,
consider your website concept
Week 11: Handouts
basic website security,
develop your website concept
Week 12: Handouts
scripts & databases on the web,
design your website
Week 13: Project build your website
Week 14: Project review and revise your website
Week 15: Project post all final changes to your website
Week 16: The Final peer review of your fellow students' websites

CIT 151 Beginning Web Development
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last updated Summer, 2008 by Ed Nickel