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WEB 2812 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

WEB 2812 - Advanced Web Page/Site Design

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This problem-oriented course will teach the use of dynamic graphic elements to enhance web pages and sites. Advanced concepts in page layout and site optimization will be studied with emphasis on principles used to craft dynamic web pages that get noticed. The course exercises and projects will allow students to apply the principles of web design to their own sites that will be created in the course. 

Course Outcomes:

Students will learn to

  • Explore the variable factors that affect web design.
  • Develop web pages that focus on both the user's needs and the information requirements of content while producing a site that is easy to navigate and quick to download.
  • Create, scan, save, and use graphic images in web
  • Use HTML tables to create page templates to provide control over how page content displays.
  • Use Cascading Style Sheets to manipulate text properties to achieve professional, effective results with quick download time.
  • Use color, text, and graphics judiciously to communicate and guide the reader through a site and test the sites in a variety of browsers and at different ranges of connection speeds.
  • Use forms to collect data.
  • Transfer files to the web server from the local computer and update the site as needed.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Practical knowledge of how the Internet operates, HTML code, web page design, graphic formats, and introductory knowledge of a computer graphics program and of website building with standard professional software is required. Pre- and co-requisites may be obtained through CIS 264; or COM 1000, COM 1020 and INTC 1050 or MDT 2100; or equivalent knowledge and training

Course Topics:

Lesson 1: Rethinking HTML for CSS

Lesson 2: Creating Styles and Style Sheets

Lesson 3: Selector Basics

Lesson 4: Inheritance

Lesson 5: Multiple Styles: The Cascade

Lesson 6: Formatting Text

Lesson 7: Margins, Padding and Borders

Lesson 8: Adding Graphics

Lesson 9: Site Navigation

Lesson 10: Formatting Tables and Forms

Lesson 11: Introducing CSS Layout

Lesson 12: Building Float-Based Layouts

Lesson 13: Positioning Elements

Lesson 14: Projects

Specific Course Requirements:

Students taking this course should be proficient in Windows 98, 2000 or XP; have a working knowledge of the Internet; and have a working knowledge of web-page development using HTML, an HTML editor, and industry standard Web development software. Students should also be able to create, scan, and manipulate digital graphics by using a professional standard graphics program; they should be familiar with graphic file types; be able to submit files online using online courseware, SFTP software, and email attachments; and be able to send files to the instructor on a backup disk or CD.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Student should have a flash drive, CDs or DVDs available for saving and external back-up of work. Update and back-up your work during each session, so in the event of computer or service problems work can be transferred or sent to instructor. (The student is responsible for keeping work safe and sending it to be evaluated.) 

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:


Hands-on assignments are built into this course.

Grading Procedures:

Assignments and Projects: 90 percent of grade.

The primary portion of the student's grade will be based on hands on projects completed. Students will create web site projects and will transfer the site files to the class secure server. Good design will be emphasized on these projects. The projects will be completed in the course of reading and working through the textbook.

Quizzes: 5 percent of grade.

Hands-on exercises from the chapters will be submitted weekly by uploading files to the class secure server using FTP. There is to encourage the student to work through the lessons, exercises and to help become familiar with the concepts and principles explained in the textbook and chapters and tutorial videos.

Participation: 5 percent of grade.

Students will use Discussion to request and offer assistance. The Discussion board will be used to clarify assignments and provide help with assignments. Positive, helpful participation earns points for participation.

Grading Scale:

The following grading scale will be used in this course:

A 90-100%

B 80-89 %

C 70-79 %

D 60-69 %

F 0-59 %

Assignments and Projects:

Readings: You will be assigned readings from the textbook as well as guidelines, articles and online tutorials. To create effective web sites, you learn best by doing--and the course is designed for hands-on exercises as you work through the chapters.

Assignments/Projects: Assignments for the week are usually due at the end of each weekend. This will give you 7 days for each topic and the weekend to work. Always check assignments themselves for any change in due dates. Two web site projects will be completed as a part of this course.

Quizzes: Any quizzes will be online delivered through D2L. Students may use their textbooks while completing any quizzes.

Class Participation:

Students are expected to submit work and respond to communication on a weekly basis at a minimum. This includes timely submission of exercises, projects, quizzes or other assignments and courteous response to discussion and email.

Late Policy:

Punctuality: It is the student's responsibility to submit assignments and quizzes by the due date and respond to communication in a timely manner. Should an exceptional event occur which will prevent meeting a deadline; it is the responsibility of the student to discuss this prior to the due date or as soon as possible.

Late work: Do not expect to submit assignments late for credit. Any credit for assignments submitted late is at the discretion of the instructor.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 16, 2017