American River College

Professor Carol Leever

Course Syllabus

zCisw 300 Web Publishing

  • Instructor: Carol Leever
  • Instructor Email:
  • Instructor Office: Liberal Arts 133
  • Class Location: Online
  • Hours: 36 Lecture/ 54 Lab
  • Time: Spring 2017

This course is an introduction to publishing on the World Wide Web. Topics include creating web pages with the Hyper Text Markup Languages (HTML), organizing a series of pages into a web site, and uploading web pages to a server. The course makes extensive use of the computer tools necessary to insert HTML tags, create images, and view web documents. It takes beginning web designers through the process of designing, building, and publishing a working web site. Subjects include:

  • develop web pages applying structured design principles using current standards of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML)
  • publish documents on the World Wide Web using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software and Secure Shell (SSH/Telnet) software
  • build, maintain, and organize a working web account on a web server
  • develop web site design concepts using both Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) structures and table structures
  • develop web site navigation using links, buttons, and menu options
  • create web forms using standard HTML form tags
  • produce basic web graphics and incorporate them on a web page using HTML and CSS
HTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide , by Elizabeth Castro. Peachpit Press, 8th edition. ISBN:0321928830 ISBN-13: 978-0321928832 (optional)
None. Recommend: CISC 300 and CISC 305. Students should already know how to navigate the Internet and the WWW. You should know all the basics for opening and saving documents on a computer.
Students Responsibility:
  1. Read all assigned material in the Class Notes.
  2. Pass all tests. Test must be completed by the due date.
  3. Complete all assignments on time!
  4. Turn in all homework through my web site.
  5. When communicated with the instructor, tutors or classmates, please be courteous.
  6. You are more than welcome to help each other on assignments, but copying is not acceptable. Any indication of copying or cheating will result in a failing score and disciplinary action in accordance with district policy.
Clean Language Policy:
You will be turning in a number of web pages throughout the semester, as well as a large final project at the end of the semester. Please use language and graphics appropriate to a classroom setting. Failure to comply will result in a zero on that assignment. If your material is borderline or questionable, simply don't risk it.
This is an online course, so there is no attendance. Failure to turn in assignments however will be considered an absence, and you will be dropped from the class. Your enrollment, however, is your responsibility. If you intend to drop the class, go to admissions and records and do the necessary paperwork yourself! Your records are your own responsibility.
If you fail to participate in the class (i.e. don't turn in homework, you will be dropped from the class.
Method of Evaluation:
AssignmentsPoints Point SpreadGrade
Homework 145 pt 90% - 100% A
Labs 30 pt 80% - 89% B
Tests 30 pt 70% - 79% C
60% - 69% D
Total 205 pt 0% - 59% F
Lab Assignments:
Some weeks you will be assigned lab assignments. These are only worth 2 points each, and are generally small and easy to do. They will be graded as credit/no-credit. As long as you complete the lab assignment you'll get the full points. Complete means you did the majority of the assignment to the best of your ability. Some weeks you may be assigned multiple lab assignments. As they are only worth 2 points you can skip a few without it significantly impacting your grade. I don't recommend it however as they are designed to teach you basic skills needed for the assignments.
Homework Assignments:
All assignments are posted on my web site along with any notes, handouts and videos. You are expected to follow the schedule and turn the assignments in on time. All assignment will be turned in by submitting them through the form on my website. Please note that they must be turned in ON TIME. The submission program will automatically deduct 1 POINT per day that the assignment is late. If you wait too long to turn in an assignment it may no longer have any point value left. Labs are only worth 2 points. 2 days late, they're no longer worth anything.
Occasionally I will post the answer or the solution to a homework assignment. Once I post the solution/answer the assignment is no longer worth any credit -- so you can no longer turn it in late. If you fail to regularly turn in your assignments, I will drop you from the class.
Late Work -- What to do:
  • Lab assignments are only worth 2 points. If you are 2 days late, you can no longer get any credit for them.
  • Homework assignments all have a definite due date. You may turn the Homework assignments in late, but you will lose 1 point per day it is late until it totals out to zero. If you know you are going to be out of town on the due date, turn it in early. The due dates will not be 'surprises'. They will be clearly visible right from the start of the semester. Check the schedule. You are responsible for you own work and time management.
  • Tests have due dates and you must take the test PRIOR to the due date. Once the due date passes, the tests are locked. NOTE: Do not wait until the due date to take your tests. If you get locked out, you need time to email me and get a reply back. Take your tests at least 36 hours prior to the due date at a minimum.
A class schedule for the individual lectures and assignments is available on my web site. Everything is on the schedule: topics, reading assignments, labs, homework, tests, videos, notes, handouts and examples. Please check the schedule at least once a week. Please note that the schedule is not written in stone and may change throughout the semester. You are responsible for keeping track of these changes. My web page is the best place to look for any class announcements.

Throughout the semester you will be emailing me with questions. Keep in mind that I teach other classes, and receive a lot of email throughout the semester. Make certain that all your email starts with this subject line:


Also, please sign your name to your email!!!! Many people forget to do this; and I have no way of knowing that is really Mary Jones. Even if your email address has your name mentioned in it, please sign it still. could be Mary Jones or Mark Jones.

Communication Policy

My preferred method of communication is through email. My office phone is (484-8098) but you'll get a much faster response from me if you email me directly at the email listed at the top of the syllabus. (I dislike talking on the phone.) I will generally email you back within 24 hours of receiving your message (I check my messages several times a days so the response is typically much faster than that). Please note that when emailing me I prefer not to get 'text' spelling as in LOL, OMG or TTYL. Spell the words all the way out. I don't understand the majority of the abbreviations and will most likely just hit random keys on my keyboard and send that back to you.

You can also come see me during my office hours if you need to speak with me or want help with your assignments. Don't wait until the last moment to ask for help -- come seem as soon as you get stuck!

Web Site Orientation Material:
There are notes on the Orientation on the schedule on my web site. Please refer to it to learn how to submit your homework and check your grades. If you don't understand something, please ask me.

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability and who require instructional, curricular, or test accommodations are responsible for making such needs known to the instructor as early as possible. Every possible effort will be made to accommodate students in a timely and confidential manner. Individuals who request accommodations must be registered with the Office of Disabled Students Programs and Services, which authorizes accommodations for students with disabilities.

Contact the office by phone: 916.484.8382, email:, or video phone: 916.484.8798, on Monday, Thursday, or Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Tuesday and Wednesday during the extended hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Academic Honesty/Independent Work Policy
Academic honesty is expected and required. All work shall be done individually and sharing of files is not allowed. Students ARE encouraged to discuss skill techniques and problem solving strategies with each other. Students MAY help each other in determining the steps required in an assignment but MAY NOT share files. A student must not copy another student’s work or import work from another student and turn it in as their own. If you allow another student to copy your work, you are subject to the same discipline procedures as the person who copies it. If any dishonesty occurs on an assignment or exam, a grade of zero will be assigned to the applicable parties. The matter will also be referred to the Business & Computer Science Division Dean and the Campus Discipline Officer for appropriate action.