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CSE625 - Syllabus

Course Title: Creating Internet Websites - CSE625 - 3 credits - (CRN 10549)
      Fall Term 2015 - Mondays - 5:00-7:50 - ITC001

Instructor, office hours: Denvy Saxowsky - Fall 2015
     see at the bottom of the page for more details

     September 28, 2015 - December 7, 2015

Course Description:
    Within this course, interwoven with technical coding skills and educational and design theory, students will create a highly developed website with educational application. In this class, students will

  • explore the use of tags in HTML coding, reporting their functions and attributes;
  • study the functions of a website authoring program, in particular Dreamweaver;
  • investigate the functions of online authoring websites, such as Wordpress.com;
  • assess, analyze, and discuss the interactive functions of website design;
  • plan and design a storyboard for an educational website;
  • incorporate features from auxillary website design programs, such as widgets and Javascripts; and
  • design, upload and test a website demonstrating the above discoveries.
This project-based course is taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice.

Course objectives:
    Students will:
  • understand, decipher and implement HTML coding;
  • understand functions of a website authoring program, in particular Dreamweaver;
  • understand interactive functions of website design;
  • understand the function of design and navigaiton in website creation; and
  • design, upload and test a website demonstrating the above understanding.
Course objectives Aligned with Standards:
Course Outcome NETS-T Standards Oregon TSPC Standards InTASC Standards Conceptual Framework Assessment
Understand, decipher, implement HTML coding 2d,


Middle: 2
High: 2

8: Instructional Strategies App Weekly review of projects
Understand authoring progam, ie Dreamweaver 2 3b 7: Planning for Instruction Aware Create several websites in different programs
Understand interactive functions b, 3c, 3d 3c 8: Instructional Strategies Under, IV Include functions in website
Understand design and navigation 3c 3c 8: Instructional Strategies CS, EE Discuss, evaluate amd implement design and links in website
Design, upload and test website 2b 3c 8: Instructional Strategies Commit, App Peer and instructor review of above features

Diversity Outcomes:
Diveristy Outcome Code (I, T, A) Activity, Assignmnets, Assessments
Goal #4: Value and partner with family, community, and stakeholders to understand, support, and improve upon the educational experiences of every learner.
Students learn to create websites, which can be used for communicating with students and families, This is an elective course.
The students in this class typically represent a broad range of American and International students offering opportunities for understanding first hand diversity of culture and language. An early topic in the class discussions which is a continuous theme throughout the course is designing and implementing websitse for specific and diverse audiences.

General guidelines:
    It is best when the students:
  • Attend every class. If you don't, you will miss important information. I am willing to work with students during office hours, but for the purpose of addtional assistance and not as a subsitution for missing class.
  • If you are ill or have an unavoidable conflict, let me know ahead of time.
  • Pay attention in class. You can read your email before or after class. Typing is distracting to others.
  • Participate in class discussions. Discussion time is to listen to classmates, join in the conversation and not working on the computer.
  • Avoid talking to others during presentations. Even quiet whispering can be very distracting for others.
  • Make every attempt turn work in on time. Let me know if technical difficulties are interferring with your timeline and then get back on track.
  • Come talk to me. Come see me at my office, email me or call me. Contact information is at the bottom of each webpage.
Plagiarism policy:
    Much of the work we do in this class involves using online electronic text as a resource. If you use information you have found online, you are expected to paraphrase and make it your own. If you use another writer's words, you must put those words in quotation marks and cite where they came from. If you cut and paste without crediting your source, you are plagiarizing. This applies to images also. All work will be assessed on the basis of originality and creativity. Plagiarism is unethical and can lead to a failing grade.

Wolf Connection System (WCS):
    If the instructor determines your performance in this class is placing you at academic risk, you may be referred to Jesse Poole, Western’s Student Success Specialist. Jesse will offer to work with you to address issues and develop a student success strategy. Regardless of whether a referral has or has not been made, you are ultimately responsible for tracking your own progress in this course. If you would like to meet with Jesse regarding any academic struggles you are experiencing, please contact the Academic Advising and Learning Center at 503-838-8428.

WOU Student Support Services Available:
    Disability Accommodation: If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will nee to contact the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) for coordination in your academic accommodations. The ODS is located in the Academic Programs and Support Center (APSC), Suite 404. The phone/TTY is (503) 838-8250.
    Writing Center (www.wou.edu/las/humanities/writingctr)
    Learning Resource Center (www.wou.edu/provost/aalc/learning)
    Counseling Center
    Department or College Resources

"Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor."

Criteria for assessment:

  • Demonstrated ability to identify HTML tags, their functions and their attributes.
  • Demonstrated ability to strengths and weaknesses of a variety of website layouts.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliminate different and numerous webpage coding documents into a unit.
  • Demonstrated ability to use interactive behaviors within a webpage.
  • Demonstrated ability to manipulate databases from client-end computers.
  • Demonstrated ability to discover and include coding from auxillary programs and sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate the numerous techniques of designing a website into a functional and effective website.
Textbook and Resources:
    There is no specific required textbook for this class, however the student is required to acquire one or more reference books related to Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash. Check the Resources webpage for details and examples.
    While it would be ideal to include on this class website extensive details required tags, coding in auxillary programs and sample coding, the Internet is already filled with such information. Links to several useful websites are included in the Resources webpage.

   To continue to emphasis writing skills among all students, and particularly international students, to achieve a high level of writing proficincy by the time they prepare and write their professional project, the final project in their Masters program, weekly writing may be required. These assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the date due. The writing will be at least three paragraphs in length including an opening statement, a body fully stating the position of the writer and a closing summary paragraph. All writings will be double spaced and will fill approximately one page. Students are strongly encouraged and in some cases required to use the Writing Center. Students will also have opportunities to strengthen their presentation skills by giving several short presentations throughout the course.