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INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Timothy N. Trainor

Even More Excellent HTML

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help students learn the fundamentals of the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), Extensible Hyper Text Markup Language (XHTML), and web page design. Students will learn how to use Internet browsers, graphic editors and to markup text, graphics, and pictures for the Internet using text editing software, like Microsoft's Notepad. They will also learn to create a web page and publish a small web site on the Internet using File Transfer Protocols (FTP). Students will be expected to critique other web pages and time permitting, there will be demonstrations of JavaScript, animated GIF files, and other Internet tools.

PREREQUISITE: CIS 110, CIS 120, CIS157 or permission of Instructor

TEXTBOOKS: Even More Excellent HTML with Reference Guide
    by Gottleber and Trainor
    (ISBN: 0-07-256178-5)

EMAIL: (Please use the class discussion board whenever possible)

Dr. T's Homepage:

COURSE FORMAT: This is an online class offered using the Inernet. The class is conducted as a series of reading assignments and hands on work with personal computers. Outside work in the form of reading, HTML projects and posting information on the class discussion board are expected. It is highly recommended that you complete the Exploration sections embedded in each reading assignment. Students share their work for class every week by posting homework assignments on their personal Web sites provided by the college.

GRADING: Final grades are determined by your weekly quiz scores (50), bulletin board postings (50), HTML assignments (100), final examination (500) and final project (500).

Final Grading Scale:

Hard copy materials turned in to Dr. T. and accounts maintained on MCC servers are only kept for two weeks after the end of class. Students are responsible for requesting hardcopy materials back from Dr. T and to backup materials on their Web sites if they wish to keep these materials beyond the two-week limit.

HTML HOMEWORK: An ASCII text editor (like Notepad) must create all HTML code written for class assignments. The goal of this class is to teach you how to write HTML code and it is unacceptable to use HTML editors (like FrontPage, Dreamweaver or Word) to complete HTML assignments. Dr. T. will not grade Homework assignments he thinks were generated by HTML editors.

WEEKLY QUIZ: One question drawn from the Review Questions found at the end of each chapter. Students take the weekly quiz online using the class Blackboard Web. Quizzes must be completed by the target date identified on the class assignment sheets. The target day for each, unless otherwised noted, is Wednesday night at midnight. To receive full credit (50 points) the online question must be correctly answered in 5 minutes. Correct answers taking over 5 minutes to submit receive 35 points. Incorrect answers that are received before the target date are awarded 30 points for the effort. Late quizzes will not be graded.

BONUS POINTS: Ten (10) bonus points are offered most weeks for completing the Exploration assignments found in each chapter of the textbook. The specific files that need to be created for the bonus points are identified each week as part of the homework assignments. Email Dr. T. these files as attachments before the Wednesday due date to received credit. The assignments are graded as either pass (10 points) or no pass (0 points). Exploration assignments are only accepted before the due date and will not be graded if submitted late.

MISSED QUIZZES: Missed weekly quizzes cannot be taken after the target date. However, 1 quiz score is dropped prior to figuring final grades. Students missing more than one quiz will receive zero points for those quiz scores.

DISCUSSION BOARD: Online students are awarded up to 50 points weekly for a personal posting on the class discussion board along with responding to the posting of at least 2 students. The topic and due date of the personal posting is identified on the class assignment sheets as Online Topics. Posting must be in complete sentences, free of spelling or grammatical errors, and employ the proper use of upper and lower case letters.

The class discussion board should be used whenever possible to communicate with Dr. T. instead of using email. A special discussion board topic Questions About Assignments is available to help with problems.

FINAL EXAMINATION: The final examination is taken during the last class meeting, at an arranged time in the College's Testing Center or at an approved remote site. A personal computer and USB drive are provided. Students are given 2 hours to create a small Web site using a text editor (usually Notepad), screen design, text files and images supplied by Dr. T. This examination is open textbook and open note, but students are not allowed to use an HTML editor and must enter the HTML code themselves.

Note: The final examination itself is only kept for two weeks after the end of the semester.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: The instructor reserves the right to withdraw any student who has gone three weeks without doing any of the following:

LATE HTML ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments must be posted by the due date. Any HTML assignments turned in after the class due date will automatically have 20 percent of the possible points deducted. Late work will not be accepted after Week 13.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Honesty is highly valued at Muskegon Community College. As a teacher I would also like to promote students in my classes helping one another. To this end, a Discussion Board topic on Blackboard is provided for students to help each other with problems. However, for assignments in this class I expect you to work either on your own or with students presently taking CIS 257 at MCC. You cannot consult with other teachers, friends, relatives, perfect strangers, people who took this class in the past or use an HTML editor (like FrontPage, Dreamweaver or Word) when doing assignments for this class. If you do get help from others, their names MUST appear on the assignment as an internal comment after your name like this:

Author: Tim Trainor with help from Diane Krasnewich and Dale Nesbary.

Academic dishonesty (cheating) could involve:

Anyone caught cheating will be withdrawn from class.

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