CIM272 Cascading Style Sheets class website

CIM272 – Web 2.0: Cascading Style Sheets
Professor Tom DeDonno Semester:Spring/2013
E-mail: Ticket No: 21805
Optional Computers in BGS248

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. Assignments include 3 hours/week in IMC or other location.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate different methods of selecting elements allowing style rules to be applied in a variety of ways.
  2. Construct Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) properties to control typography, colors, and backgrounds.
  3. Utilize the CSS box model to control margins, padding and borders.
  4. Manage tables and lists with CSS properties.
  5. Assemble page layouts without tables and with CSS positioning properties.
  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.
  11. Assess quality assurance and pre-design concerns in Web page design.
  12. Identify upcoming CSS3 features and illustrate rounded corners.
  13. Identify a well structured Web page.

Recommended Preparation: CIM271A and CIM278B


You must purchase one of these books...

  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. Blackboard quizzes are extracted from first book, and first book is considered a text book. While second book is a top rated reference book. Class includes access to blackboard on-line videos. Videos provide background on tutorials for all assignments.

Storage: Invest in a USB Pen Drive (2GBytes - 8GBytes)
Useful Links Under Class Web Site has Links to Competitively Priced Pen Drives & Course Software.

Course Grading:
Course grade consists of repeatable on-line quizzes, project and assignments, no in-class tests. Each chapter will have a quiz, each quiz will have 1 bonus point for every 10 questions. In addition, we will have several homework assignments, this is a project oriented class homework assignments are geared toward preparing you for the project. I may allocate time in some classes to discuss assignments/projects. Since this class meets only once a week, you will be required to forward your saddleback e-mail address to your main e-mail. When sending e-mails, make sure you include CSS or CIM272 in the subject header.
The course grade will be calculated from:

Lettert Grade Percentages & Grade Evaluation

92 - 100 A ..... Project 25%

84 - 91.9

B Online Quizzes 30%
65 - 83.9 C Assignments
55 - 64.9 D
0 - 54.9 F Sign 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-H9 + Project + all quizzes w average grade Above 92%



It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw (drop) from the class. Final due dates for all assignments, blackbaord quizzes and project are listed under the intro quiz on blackboard. However you do have to do at least 50% of the work before two days of the drop with W date. More specifically, the Instructor may drop students under the following conditions:

  1. Students who have not completed at least 2 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.

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 permanent.

Students with disabilities are entitled to appropriate accommodations. 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. The Web pages, videos, textbooks are accessible to students with disabilities.

Student Services - General student service information is available at the Saddleback College Website. General, academic and service information can be obtained by accessing the Counseling Division and Financial Web sites. Individual nd small group counseling information such as academic planning and review of transcripts is available by appointment. All other student services are available on campus during normal business hours.

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.

Class Web-site Schedule is Updated during Semester - Assignment Page is your course guide.