Saddleback College - Business Science Division

Course Syllabus


6/16/2014 - 7/25/2014

Instructor: Professor T. DeDonno   Semester Summer 14
Office Hours E-Mail: Ticket # 14110
Class Site : Room # Help in BGS248
Central Web-Site Time & Day Optional Tuesday 4PM Web-casts, Blackboard has recorded Web-casts and Videos.
Course Description
Covers all basic Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) fundamentals. Topics include using Dreamweaver and Mozilla Firefox Web developer add-on tools, bulletproof page layouts, and applying CSS presentation to content with known structure. How to design for mobile devices. Assignments include weekly hours in BGS 248 or other location. (Formerly CIM 272).
Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Construct Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) properties to control typography, colors, and backgrounds.
  2. Utilize the CSS box model to control margins, padding and borders.
  3. Manage tables and lists with CSS properties.
  4. Assemble page layouts without tables and with CSS positioning properties.
  5. Choose and apply colors and background to Web pages.
  6. Use existing content with structure and apply CSS presentation.
  7. Apply browser resets, and CSS hacks/tricks to existing Web pages.
  8. Develop validated CSS and XHTML Web pages.
  9. Analyze existing Web pages using Mozilla Firefox Web-developer add-on tool.
  10. Design Web pages using Adobe Dreamweaver. 10. Assess quality assurance and pre-design concerns in Web page design.
  11. Identify upcoming CSS3 features and illustrate rounded corners.
  12. Identify a well structured Web page.
Required Textbook, Only one is required - both books are very good at teaching CSS2 basics; Best way to learn CSS3 is to master the CSS2 basics.
  1. Designing Web Pages with Cascading Style Sheets, by Joel Sklar ISBN: 0-619-03520-X © 2002 Publish date: September 20, 2001, 335 pages

  2. Web Design in a Nutshell [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback) by Jennifer Niederst Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 3 edition (February 21, 2006) ISBN-10: 0596009879 ISBN-13: 978-0596009878

Book material overlaps, so don't buy both books. Both books do a good job covering CSS and CSS2. Blackboard quizzes are extracted from first book, and first book is considered a text book. While second book is a top rated reference book. We have blackboard videos and/or assignments that cover CSS3. We also will have class discussions and/or Web-casts on RWD.

Course Grading
Course grade consists of assignments, quizzes and tests. Since this is an on-line class,y you are required to forward your saddleback e-mail address to your main e-mail. When sending e-mails, make sure you include css or cimw240 in subject line. Academic Integrity is critical to passing this course. Failure to abide by academic integrity can result in a failing grade. For further information on academic integrity consult UCSD Professor Elkan's Written Description. and the cim site policy. The course grade will be calculated from:
84-91.9 B   Project 25%
70-83.9 C Assignments 35%
60-69.9 D Blackboard Quizzes 30%
0-59.9 F Signing Up 10%

Special Course Grading Options...

  • C Grade Complete Assigments H0-H6 & corresponding quizzes w average grade above 92%
  • B Grade Complete Assignments H0-H8 & corresponding quizzes w average grade above 92%
  • A Grade Complete Assignments H0-H8 + Project + all quizzes w average grade Above 92%

Dropping Class
It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw (drop) from the class. However, Instructor may drop students under the following conditions:
  1. Students who have not completed at least 1 assignments two days before the drop without W grade.
  2. Students who have not completed at least 50% of the work  by two days before the drop with W grade.
Regrading Policy
Sometimes you get a grade that you don't like, usually for one of the following reasons:
  1. There was a clerical error  (i.e., the points were added up wrong).
  2. You think you did something right, and I think you did it wrong.

If you discover a clerical error, tell me immediately. The following Statute of Limitations will apply: You have one week from the day any graded assignment or test is returned to you to appeal the grade you received. After one week, I will assume that you believe the grade you got is the correct one. After one week, grades are unchangeable, fixed, and permanen

Special Needs
Students with disabilities are entitled to appropriate accommodations.  This course meets the requirements set forth in the accessibility checklist and universal design grid provided by Special Services. The Web pages, video presentations, textbooks and class materials used in this course are accessible to students with disabilities. If you have specific disabilities requiring accommodations, let your instructor know the first 10 days of the semester so that your learning needs may be met and for referral to the Special Services office where documentation of your disability will be provided to receive services and accommodations.  The Special Services Office is in Student Services Center, Room 113.

Any exceptions to the above statements will be considered individually & only if you approach me about the proposed exception at least a week in advance.

Distance Education Requirements

This is an on online - distance educational course.

The first blackboard announcement will consisely summarize the three key steps in completing the class. The assignment page provides a detailed course guide. At the start of the course the three step summary will be sent to your Saddleback e-mail address. Complete all assignments in the order they are listed.

Regular effective contact between the Professor and student is required for success. This class does have detailed assignment videos and will have weekly blackboard threaded discussion boards, and frequent emails (several per week). Since this is also a hybrid class, we will also have weekly in-class session. When required actual phone calls will be made. Note instructor does have office hours and blackboard provides 24/7 access to illuminate webcasting software

For specific additional help: blackboard, login and/or general. - Tentative Schedule