COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this course, students will build upon the essential competencies taught in Web Essentials. Students will employ critical thinking and knowledge of advanced HTML and CSS web languages to create standards compliant, responsive and modern web sites. Students also learn the importance of usability, accessibility, hosting and server environments.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Use a live server and hosting environment to develop fully functioning websites. Construct modern, responsive websites using standards compliant code and practices.

DESIGN. Students will research, plan and implement their creative ideas from thumbnail sketches to working web sites. Emphasis will be placed on ideas, concepts, images used, color schemes/theory, typography, and navigation.

TECHNICAL. Students will focus on HTML & CSS to produce interactive projects for the Internet with an emphasis on functionality, navigation and layout design. Site planning, architecture, communication, and web techniques will be taught and explored through out the semester. Students should be familiar with the Macintosh platform and Adobe Creative Suite.


COURSE STRUCTURE

This is a project based class and will consist of the following:

PROJECTS. A total of 2 projects will be assigned this semester. Project requirements will be available throughout the semester. It will be your responsibility to check your schedule for deadlines and due dates related to the projects.

EXERCISES. There are a total of 7 exercises that you will be working on at home. As requirements for the exercise will not necessarily be demoed in class, it is imperative you get a copy of your book as soon as possible.

PROGRESS CHECKS, DEMOS & PARTICIPATION. Participation, progress checks, discussion and completion of demos are imperative components of this course. And, as with all courses in the Graphic & Interactive Design program, you will be graded on your class participation, professionalism, and the general competencies outlined in the college catalog. You can review the TVCA Interactive form.


STUDENT CORE COMPETENCIES

The faculty of Valencia college have established four Core Competencies that describe the learning outcomes for a Valencia graduate. They are: THINK, VALUE, COMMUNICATE, ACT. These general competencies are outlined in the College Catalog. In this course, through classroom lecture and discussion, group work, meeting deadlines and other learning activities, you will further your mastery of those core competencies.

This course includes critiques, presentations and verbal interaction with your classmates that are designed to ensure competence in oral communication. In addition to our class text, you are invited go back and review your GRA1142c Graphics workbook for Mac and Graphics Basics.


SPECIAL NEEDS

Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide a letter from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss specific needs with the professor, preferably during the first two weeks of class. The OSD determines accommodations based on appropriate documentation of disabilities. At the time of notification accommodation arrangements can be discussed.


BAYCARE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH’S STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Valencia is committed to making sure all our students have a rewarding and successful college experience. To that purpose, Valencia students can get immediate help that may assist them with psychological issues dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, substance abuse, time management as well as relationship problems dealing with school, home or work. Students have FREE 24-hour unlimited access to the Baycare Behavioral Health’s confidential student assistance program phone counseling services by calling (800) 878-5470. Three free confidential face-to-face counseling sessions are also available to students.


ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

We have a lot of information to go over in a short amount of time. As such, regular and punctual attendance is expected. IF A STUDENT ACCRUES MORE THAN 2 ABSENCES FOR ANY REASON, THEY WILL HAVE THEIR FINAL GRADE REDUCED BY 10 POINTS FOR EACH ABSENCE OVER THE 2 ALLOWED. Early departure without permission may result in you being considered not in attendance for that day. Students not taking the course with sincerity and seriousness enough to come to class are encouraged to withdraw to prevent a reduction in their overall GPA.

In-class assignments are given in-class and will be completed in-class. They cannot be made up for any reason.

Students should come prepared to work each class and bring materials as required. Lectures and demonstrations are given at each class meeting and files/critiques begin immediately, so you’re advised to be punctual. Late is anything after 9:00 am. STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE MORE THAN 2 TIMES WILL HAVE THEIR FINAL GRADE REDUCED BY 5 POINTS FOR EACH TARDY OVER THE ALLOWED 2.

WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

Some special demonstrations can be offered on a one-time basis only. If lectures or demonstrations are missed it will be the responsibility of the student to get necessary information from another student at some time other than class time. Roll is taken at the beginning of class.


DUE DATES

Our industry runs on deadlines and due dates. When a project is due, it is due. Therefore, I do NOT accept late work. LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE GIVE A GRADE OF ZERO. There is plenty of time for each project to be completed by the due date. Sites not FTP'd on time OR files not turned into Blackboard on time OR arriving to class late on a day critique and/or files are due qualifies those assignments, or any portions of an assignment, as being late and will receive a 0. Late is anything after 6:00 p.m.

If you are absent on the day a project is due, you should contact me within 48-hours of the missed class to determine if your absence qualifies for late acceptance. Determination of acceptance of late materials will happen on a case-by-case basis. IF YOU DO NOT CONTACT ME WITHIN 48-HOURS, YOU WILL GIVEN A GRADE OF ZERO FOR THE PROJECT, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE.

Qualifying absences require documentation to be turned in with your project. Assignments turned in late with permission due to a documented and qualifying absence with approval of your instructor must be turned in by the very next day of class attendance. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you know ahead of time that you will be unable to meet a deadline or you will be late to class, you need to complete the job ahead of schedule and turn-in the assignment early.


CLASSROOM AND LAB ENVIRONMENT

The College recommends that students spend 3 hours for each credit hour of the course working outside of class to be successful. Open lab hours will be posted at the beginning of each semester in all labs on East, West and Osceola campuses. Students are required to present a valid Valencia ID and sign in to use the open lab on any campus.

Lab assistants are here to assist you with problems you may encounter with the operation of the computer, a software malfunction, or similar technical questions. They are helpful and important to the smooth operation of the Lab and the Program. However, they are not instructors and are not to be utilized as such. If you have questions pertaining to the assigned Projects, please contact the instructor.

While working in class, you will be utilizing the most current version of the Adobe products It may be necessary for you to save your files in an older version in order to use some campus labs or older software at home.

If projects are completed at locations different from the colleges labs, you will need to utilize fonts available in our lab or provide both the screen and postscript font on your disk. Failure to provide the font will cause a deduction in your grade. Cross platform problems are not legitimate reasons for projects being late.

The lab is in constant use and computers are not infallible. Save early, save often and when disk space allows save incrementally.


ACADEMIC HONESTY

During the planning stage students are encouraged to interact and to view other designs styles as part of their research and inspiration, but all work should still be done by the student turning in that project. Directly or indirectly copying a design is considered plagiarism. Changing a color or a typeface while keeping the design aesthetic and/or structure is plagiarism. While you may be encouraged to find resources on the web for certain aspects of your coding (i.e. jQuery plugins such as sliders or photogallery, code snippets for simple transitions, etc.) you are NOT allowed to utilize any pre-designed or pre-coded templates for your designs. Anyone using code in which they do not have express permission to utilize or anyone using design or code templates is considered cheating. Cheating of any sort will not be tolerated. If caught cheating, you risk receiving a 0 (zero) for that project and the potential to be withdrawn from the class. Plagiarism or Copyright Infringement is cheating (refer to your Student Handbook).

It is sometimes easy to be "over inspired". If you are not sure if your designs are significantly different or if the code you wish to use is okay...if you are unsure about anything, see me BEFORE the project due date. As with every aspect of this course, communication is key.


CRITIQUES

Critiques are scheduled for the beginning of class the day the final project is due. If you do not have your project ready for critique at the beginning of class start on day it is due, it is considered late and you will receive a 0 for that portion of your project, whether or not you are allowed to present in class. If you are late, it is at the professor's discretion as to whether or not you will be allowed to present your project.

Each student will be expected to orally present to the class an explanation of his or her concept, goals, production techniques and any other relevant information specific to that project. You will be answering questions about your project from classmates and the instructor as well as participating by questioning and commenting when other students are presenting their designs.

You will receive a separate grade on each project for Presentation. This is not only how you present your own work, but how often you are offering feedback to others in class. You can and will loose points on your presentation for not participating beyond presenting your own project.

Final Project Critique . Because this course focuses intensively on practical hands on experience, there will be no final exam. However, you must be present for the final project critique during the week of final exams. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the course.

To receive credit for a course for which you are registered, you must take the final examination. It is your responsibility to know when and where the final examination is scheduled and to be present and on time. You may be absent from a final examination or deviate from the examination schedule only with approval by the professor. If you do not take the final examination you will receive the grade you have earned in accordance with the requirements of each faculty member as outlined in the course syllabus.


EXPECTED STUDENT CONDUCT

Valencia College is dedicated not only to the advancement of knowledge and learning but is concerned with the development of responsible personal and social conduct. By enrolling at Valencia College, a student assumes the responsibility for becoming familiar with and abiding by the general rules of conduct. The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty.

Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty to leave the class. Violation of any classroom or Valencia’s rules may lead to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from Valencia. Disciplinary action could include being withdrawn from class, disciplinary warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate and authorized actions. You will find the Student Code of Conduct in the current Valencia Student Handbook.


HOW WILL I BE GRADED

The final grade will be determined by grades earned on required projects, exercises, exams, Slack participation, and weekly progress on projects.

A = 100-90
Exceptional achievement, demonstrated in work of keen understanding and optimal mastery of course competencies. Earned for exemplary work, clearly beyond the requirements. Great job, portfolio quality.

B = 89-80
High achievement, demonstrated in work of consistent effort, intelligence, and mastery of course competencies.Good job, almost there.

C = 79-70
Satisfactory completion of course requirements and mastery of essential course competencies. Okay, nothing special, just a number of many.

D = 69-60
Unsatisfactory completion of course requirements and an unacceptable grade for prerequisite or graduation requirements.

F = 59 or less
Failure to perform required work or to master required course material and competencies. Unspeakable work, consider another profession.


Assignment Value Earned
Exercise (7 @ 5% each) 35%  
Project 1 10%  
Project 2 10%  
Project 3 15%  
Project 4 15%  
Progress Checks, Demos & Participation 15%  

WITHDRAWL

The deadline for withdrawal is listed below. Students may only withdraw themselves up until the withdrawal deadline for a grade of W. Students who do not withdraw themselves prior to the withdrawal deadline will be given whatever grade was earned for the course as their final grade. WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE (‘W” GRADE) March 30, 2018 I will not withdraw students for any reason. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw themselves through Atlas, by deadlines noted above.