Course Description:

This course focuses on the planning, design and development of a website with rich media content. You will learn core concepts of web production, using proper web design standards, and gain basic competency in designing and launching a live website. You will become comfortable with web authoring tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver, as well as improving your design skills using Adobe Creative Suite applications throughout the web-building process. You will gain an understanding of the technical and creative aspects of web development.
Building-block exercises, classroom demonstrations, readings, online tutorials, teamwork and personal investigation/research are the means to achieve the goals of the course. Throughout the semester, you will complete and launch a series of web pages culminating in a portfolio website with text, photos, image gallery, and animated elements or video.
This course was originally developed by Mark Pease. His course site has a lot of useful information that I won't duplicate, but it can be found here.

Instructor: Gregory Wendt

Office: Center For Teaching Excellence/Morris Library/Room 180 (First floor just inside south entrance).
Telephone: (618) 453-3860
Course site:
Office Hours: By appointment: schedule appointments via email, phone or in person. You are strongly encouraged to arrange to meet with me one-on-one at least a few times during the semester.Individual attention can greatly enhance your progress.

Meeting Times and Location:

Monday and Wedesday, 3:00 - 5:50 PM, Quigley 110. Several times throughout the semester I will schedule additional lab time for those who need it. I will make myself available for those sessions.

Course Objectives:

1. Standard web concepts (How media is delivered over the web)
2. Standard web production concepts (XHTML/CSS/Javascript)
3. Development tools that speed up web content production (Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Bridge, Smultron and more)
4. Graphic design for the web (CSS & Photoshop)
5. Using tools for site management (Adobe Dreamweaver, Fetch)
6. Explore alternative Web development/design options
7. (Optional) Development tools for animating graphics or video (Adobe Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Apple Final Cut Pro, imovie)

Required Materials: bring every day

1-1 GB - USB storage drive for backing up work - You are required to back-up course work every day through-out the semester.
1-sketchbook/notebook: --when I talk, you write, and there will be times when you need to sketch.
1-3-ring binder or folder: for building up a collection of vital handouts.


There is no physical text. But you will be required to watch assigned online videos and exercises in order to complete assignments. Several core concepts of the class will be supplemented with training videos and and other supplements.
Additional class readings, handouts and tutorials will be provided by the instructor.

Outside Work time:

You will be expected to spend time outside of class times completing projects and assignments. Quigley Lab times will be posted. In addition to Quigley Lab, students may wish to use the Computer Learning Centers.


You may not leave early or arrive late without checking with me first.
Arriving late or leaving early (10+min) equals an absence.
An absence will be recorded for not showing up with materials, working on other projects during class or not working.
An absence will be recorded for students working on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, email, Sports News, etc.
No Excuses.


If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and learn it outside of class time.There is a great deal of material to cover in this course and instructor time cannot be wasted going over content missed due to absence or lateness. If you have an extended illness or death in the family and can provide official documents to prove it, you may be given additional assistance in making up missed work.

Absence Policy:

grade adjustment for the course (if you are an "A" student otherwise).

Assignments and Deadlines:

Work must be submitted and brought to class COMPLETED and ON TIME at the beginning of class on the due date.
Late or unfinished work will lose 10% PER DAY (including weekends)
Late work that is required to be uploaded must be followed up immediately with an email to the instructor in order to be counted.
You must complete all projects in order to earn a passing grade.

Late Work:

# of days late
% lost for assignment
15 min-24 hours
24-48 hours
48-96 hours
96-120 hours
120 hours +


Grades for this course will be based on points earned for tutorials, assignments, and projects. Grades are determined by how well objectives have been covered, development of the idea, originality, technique and level of completion.


Points Earned/Points Possible
90-100% A Work that is outstanding relative to requirements of the course. Reserved for excellence.
80-89% B Work that is significantly above the level required of the course.
70-79% C Work that meets all requirements of the course.
60-69% D Work that is worthy of credit but does not meet the requirements of the course.
59% -0 F Work that fails to meet the minimum requirements of the course. Not worthy of credit

Grading will also take into consideration your personal improvement over the course of the semester. Please note that B's are common in this class and indicate very good, above average work. A's reserved for excellence.

Studio Policies/ Studio Guidelines:

An absence will be recorded for students observed misusing FaceBook, MySpace, Email, YouTube, Sports News, etc. during class
Cell phones and all electronic devices must be turned OFF AND PUT AWAY during meeting times.
No headphone use during class, unless specifically requested and approved by Instructor for tutorial use only.
All SIUC computer lab policies must be followed including NO FOOD in the labs.

Quigley Lab:

You must abide by all posted rules when using the Quigley Lab.

Disabilities Statement:

All efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of students who have disabilities that have been documented by staff at SIUC's Disability Support Services or Achieve Program. You who have need of special testing arrangements, classroom configurations, etc., should provide the instructor with documentation of their needs before or during the first week of class so that the necessary accommodations can be made promptly.

Academic Dishonesty:

You are expected to act in accordance with SIUC's Student Conduct Code (SCC), and should familiarize themselves with its standards for academic honesty and ethical conduct (the SCC is available online at You who violate the SCC's standards by plagiarizing, cheating, harassing other students, committing disruptive acts in class, etc., will be referred to university authorities for disciplinary action (which can range from failure of an individual assignment to expulsion from SIUC).

Emergency Information:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for study and work. Because some health and safety circumstances are beyond its control, the university asks that you become familiar with the SIUC Emergency Response Plan and Building Emergency Response Team (BERT) program. Emergency response information is available on posters in buildings on campus, on BERT's website at, on the Department of Public Safety's website at and in the Emergency Response Guidelines pamphlet. Know how to respond to each type of emergency. Instructors will provide guidance and direction to students in the classroom in the event of an emergency affecting your location. It is important that you follow these instructions and stay with your instructor during an evacuation or sheltering emergency. The Building Emergency Response Team will provide assistance to your instructor in evacuating the building or sheltering within the facility.


Syllabus subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Inspirational Video: