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Welcome to Learn and Apply HTML, INST 5260. This highly rated class will introduce you to the language of the Internet called HTML. This underlying language is what tells the browser how to display your webpage you create. Even if you use a program like Microsoft Front Page or Macromedia Dreamweaver, behind the scenes, they are creating the HTML for you. This class was chosen as an exemplary course in 2002 in the WebCT exemplary course competition. It has since gone through 2 revisions including the latest one for Summer 2005. In the Spring of 2005 approximately 60 students in Hong Kong and mainland China took this class with an onsite facilitator assisting them.

This class consists of the following:

  • 11 assignments
  • 2 evaluation/writing assignments
  • 1 final project

Course Objectives

By taking this course you will:

  • Learn how to create web pages using HTML.
  • Learn FTP and how to publish web pages with it.
  • Learn about accessibility and how to create accessible web sites.
  • Learn how the internet works.
  • Learn how to insert graphics and multimedia elements.
  • Get an overview of Java Script and learn how to include scripts in your web page.
  • Create a form to gather information and have it submitted to you via a CGI script.
  • Gain experience with taking a online course.
  • Gain experience as a community of learners who help each other out.

Who should take this class?

In order to succeed in this class, you will have to be beyond the basics of a computer user. You do not need to be a computer programmer or a power user. You do not need any experience with building web pages. You must be comfortable with figuring out how things work. You must understand where files go when they are saved. You should have experience with browsing the web. This is a beginners class, but computer skills are a must. Serious folder and file management skills are a necessity.
This class is offered as both a fully online course and a face-2-face course. Even in the face-2-face course we will only meet about half of the time. The rest you will do online. It will be necessary for you to read the book, and view the online multimedia demonstrations I have created for each lesson. They will give you all the things you need to be successful with the lesson.


The text book is required for this class
Sam's Teach yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML in 21 days.
ISBN 0-672-32519-5 $40.00 retail, much cheaper at your online bookstore
Fourth Edition
Author is Laura Lemay

Lessons for this class

There are 11 lessons, 1 per week were you will learn a basic topic or several topics and tags throughout that week. Although subject change, it pretty much follows the book.

  1. Introduction and Basic Tags
  2. Links
  3. HTML & CSS – FTP going live on the web
  4. Images Color and Background
  5. Tables
  6. Accessibility
  7. Cascading Style Sheets
  8. Forms
  9. Graphics and Multimedia
  10. Sound, Video and More
  11. Java Script

Weekly Assignments or Activities

Each week there will be one assignment due. In this class we call them activities. Activities are due Monday by Midnight of the following week. Basically we will start a new lesson each Monday, and the activity for that lesson will be due by midnight the following Monday. You will be docked a minimum of two points for turning it in late. There are no excuses for late activities. You have 7 days to do the work, and you know ahead of time what is due. Plan accordingly. A good plan would have the weekly activity done before the weekend, allowing Monday to get any extra help you need. The day it is due is not the day to start the activity. The first few activities are very easy, however they will get harder. Your technical ability to troubleshoot and figure things out will determine how long it takes you to do many of them. If you start early you will have time to get the help you need to be successful.

Each activity will have several things you will need to build and turn in. These will be basic. Your real learning will take place when you take the opportunity to go beyond the basics and stretch your learning.

Within each lesson is a discussion area. If you are having trouble, post there. Do not be afraid to ask questions. We help each other out in this class. That is the fun of this class.

Evaluation Project

In order to build high quality web sites, it helps to look out in internet land and see what others have done. The fun thing is to re-visit a popular site and look and evaluate it, passed on some of the new things you have learned. The activity page for the evaluation project will give you the outline for your review. Basically you will evaluate 2 websites. I will choose the first one. You will choose the second one. I may give you several that you can choose from for the my part of it. You can choose any website you like, even some that are probably not as well known. The goal here is to start looking at a site indepth. You will evaluate them and write a paper about your findings. Actually you will build a web page for each of them, and use formatting and other styles you have learned about to create your webpage of your evaluation. Each evaluation you do is worth 25 points. You will turn in both at the same time. Check the calendar for due dates. They will be due sometime near the middle of the semester. Each evaluation will need to be about 2 pages in length. The assignment will have a basic outline for you to follow.

Final Project

Your final project is where you put together everything you have learned in the class. You will have 2 weeks to complete it but you can start a lot earlier. Check the activity sheet for the final project for specific criteria for this project. You can choose whatever you want to do, however you may not do a personal resume for it. Choose a site that is informational or instructional. If you are in the instructional technology graduate program, then I would strongly encourage you to do an instructional site. Pick some thing that teaches something. You will need to spend significant time on this project to get a good grade.

Your website will need to be at least 4 -5 completed pages in length. You will have approximately two weeks after the last assignment to complete the final project, however you will need to start well before that to complete a good project worth the full points.

Getting through the class

This is a 3 semester credit class. That means you should set aside 3 – 6 hours a week for the 16 weeks of the course. During the first few lessons you may be able to get by with less, but things will get progressively harder. So schedule time to read, work through the examples in the book, answer the questions in the back of the book, participate in the discussions, and help each other out. You will probably spend most of your time working on the activities.

WYSIWYG ("Wizzy-Wig")

You may not use a “What you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) HTML creator like Dreamweaver or Front Page for this class. It is easy for me to tell if you did. They each have some characteristics or wordmarks they leave behind in the code. You may use an HTML editor like First Page 2000 or Homesite.

Final thoughts

This is really a fun class. You will learn a very marketable skill, and have some fun building web pages. It is exciting to see your first webpage out on the internet for everyone too see. I hope you will have fun in the class, help each other out, and go beyond the basic activities and keep asking “how can I do this.”

Syllabus Created May 2005 by Kevin L. Reeve

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