COT 207B - Web Site Construction and Management

Revised: March 9, 2000 for the Spring 2000 semester
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: GTA 101
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
Class Web Page Address:
Textbook: Using HTML4, XML, and Java1.2 by Ladd, O'Donnell, et al. Available in the college bookstore.

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Welcome to COT 207B, Web Site Construction and Management. This course is designed for those who want an overview of and hands on experience with creating web sites. We will cover various concepts, methods and tools for creating and debugging HTML and scripted documents and then publish them to a web server. This class has a prerequisite although this will be waived by the instructor if you have a basic knowledge of computers and keyboarding skills. Time will be available in class to do your assignments as there is an extensive hands-on component to this course. You will probably need additional time either in the GBC computer labs or on your own computer in order to complete the assignments. It is the goal of this class to prepare you to create significant web documents that can be elaborated as you get more proficient in electronic publishing. 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. Office hours are posted on my office door.

By the end of this class you should:

Your grade will be based on completing the assignments and attendance. This is a letter grade class with an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69% , W=59% or less. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based on your assignments (65%) and participation in class (35%). Any excused absences must be agreed to by the instructor in advance unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Three unexcused absences may result in withdrawal. The code of conduct stated in The Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.


The one major assignment for this class, is for each student to plan, develop, and publish Web documents to form a coherent Web site. Specific assignments will be given in class as handouts or verbally which will be consistent with achieving this major project. Assignments for each week will be due in class the week after they were covered in class.

Topics by week
  1. HTML basics and HTML tags, pages 57-104
  2. adding hyperlinks and tables to HTML, pages 104-118, 155-171, 183-210
  3. using HTML generators and editors as well as useful web sites
  4. frame your page (they did it to Roger Rabbit), pages 211-232
  5. using FTP and dealing with differences in browser HTML interpretation, pages 171, 221-222, 596-598, etc. (see browsers in the index)
  6. multimedia and your site graphics, animated GIFs, MPEGs, sound, etc., pages 171-182, 30-32, 560-565
  7. web site organization with linear and non-linear (stream of consciousness) thinking, pages 11-54
  8. "mapping" your site, pages 137-154
  9. HTML formsand the mid-term exam
  10. making your site interactive with DHTML, pages 581-688
  11. conditional scripting, pages 439-580
  12. additional script potential (continued)
  13. Style Sheets, pages 261-280
  14. where is it all going and what in the world is XML? pages 305-438
  15. finish project
  16. project is due!

If you want to follow their progress click on this link to an image map which can be used as a connection to each student's web site.

Click here for my home page,
there for syllabi index, or
when for office hours.