Web Design


Faculty Times, Dates,
and Place
Course Description Prerequisites
Course Objectives Required Text Evaluation Course Policies


Instructor: Nancy Edwards, MS
Office: Broadcast Bldg, Rm 6
Office hours: By Appointment
Phone: (239) 590-7084
Email:Use WebCT email (preferred) OR nedwards@fgcu.edu

Time, Dates, and Place

This is an Internet-based course on WebCT

Course Description

This course will enable students to create websites that incorporate principles of effective and functional web site design, using HTML 4.0. Students will also critique websites according to established design principles.


ART 2600 Computer Graphics with a minimum grade of C. However, students should know how to use a browser and navigate the "world wide web". It is suggested that students be familiar with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 (or higher) and with Netscape Communicator 4.x. Students should also have a good working knowledge in creating documents on computer. Students may use either a PC or Mac for assignments.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to utilize HTML and graphic images to construct a web site.
  2. Identify elements to be considered in designing a user-friendly and functional web site.
  3. Evaluate websites as to functionality, use of design elements, usability, and accomplishment of purpose.
  4. Design and develop a personal web site of at least 3 pages that demonstrates the principles of effective web design.



Niederst, Jennifer (2001) Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond, O'Reilly

Tollett, John; Williams, Robin; & Rohr, David (2002) Robin Williams Web Design Workshop; Peachpit Press


Castro, Elizbeth, (2000) HTML for the World Wide Web, (4th Ed); Peachpit Press

Powell, Thomas, (2000) The Complete Reference: Web Design; Osborne/McGraw Hill

We will be supplementing the text information with tutorials posted on the Internet throughout the course.


Refer to the "Assignment" section of this website for more information on each of these.
Grading Indicators:
Art classes do not lend themselves to numerical, objective grading standards. Nevertheless grades are a part of the University's learning/assessment/feedback process. Students and teachers need to clarify in advance what type of evidence of learning will result in specific semester ending evaluations. Your work will receive a grade based upon your teacher's perception of your accomplishments in the course.

A= Exceptional personal growth in the technical and conceptual ability in web design, exemplary participation in classroom activities as well as thorough and timely personal exploration of the homework assignments. Work product that demonstrate a personalized mastery of course goals.

B= Substantial personal growth in both technical and conceptual ability of web design, high levels of participation in classroom activities and timely homework assignments. Work product that demonstrate a mastery of course goals.

C= Personal growth in both technical and conceptual ability of web design, participation in classroom activities and timely completion of homework assignments. Work product that demonstrate a meeting of the vast majority of the course goals.

D= Little personal growth in both technical and conceptual ability of web design, occasional participation in classroom activities and a tendency to not complete homework assignments in a timely manner. Work product that demonstrate a meeting of most of the course goals.

F= Minimal personal growth in both technical and conceptual ability of web design, infrequent or inappropriate participation in classroom activities and a general inability to complete homework assignments in a timely manner. Work product that fails to demonstrate a meeting of some of the course goals.

Course Policies

Attendance: Students are responsible for their own learning and are expected to participate in Discussion Board assignments. This is an internet-based course; students are free to work ahead on modules, but all assignments need to be completed as scheduled.

Assignments, Projects, and Examinations: All projects and assignments are to be submitted by the due date according to the instructions given.  Late submission of assignments and projects may result in lowered grades.

Please use the WebCT internal "Mail" for corresponding with the instructor and/or your classmates. I will try to email a response within 24-48 hours whenever possible.

Course Information / other Discussion Board policies:
Any important announcements from the Instructor will be posted in the Announcements topic on the Discussion Board. Students are responsible for all information posted in that area.

Student questions regarding technological problems, course assignments, and any other course issues that are NOT of a private nature, (such as grades) need to be posted to the Discussion Board in the "Student Questions" topic. Before posting a questions, please read previous postings so that you are not duplicating a question that has already been answered.

Students will come to this course with a variety of skills. At times, a classmate may have problems with some HTML formatting; a HELP topic is set up primarily for classmates to troubleshoot the problem. Students requesting the help should attach a text file containing their "code" so that others can view it and assist them.

Discussion Board topics will be frequently assigned during the course. Students need to post their responses in the topic area indicated in the assignment by the specified date. ALL students are expected to participate with "substantive" posts / responses that shows thoughtful, critical thinking, (i.e. posting "I agree" with no other information is NOT acceptable. If you want to express agreement to a classmate's post, include your reasons for agreeing.) Each Discussion Board assignment is worth 3 points: 2 points for the posting itself and 1 point (total) for substantive replies to classmate postings.

Feedback about assignments will generally be given via WebCT email. I will also be posting a general Weekly Feedback discussion via the Discussion Board.

Academic Integrity: All assignments, projects, and examinations are to be completed solely by the student. Inclusion of facts, ideas, quotes, or other materials from outside sources must be cited and referenced in all work. Evidence of cheating and plagiarism are cause for disciplinary action by the university. According to the university, plagiarism and cheating refer to the use of unauthorized books, notes, or otherwise securing help in a test; copying tests, assignments, reports, or term papers; representing the work of another person as one's own; collaborating without authority with another student during an examination or in preparing academic work, or otherwise practicing academic dishonesty

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