MAT 125: Web Design 1: Fundamentals : SYLLABUS

Summer 2017 Class Sections

1201 & 1203 are 8 Week online classes. They start on June 12th.

Be sure to check the Schedule to see when work is assigned and when it is due.

Instructor: Claudia Faulk
Contact by email

Course Description
This course focuses on building the fundamental skills necessary to create effective web pages. Concepts covered include mastering basic through intermediate level HTML, & HTML5 programming; use of Cascading Style Sheets to format entire web sites, adapting digital imagery for web use; simple animations; basic concepts of interface design; FTP protocols for uploading web sites, and principles of web site file management. Comparisons of the various popular browsers and their support of HTML, HTML5 and CSS.

For this class we will use:

  • BlackBoard. To login go to: You will login using your SURF ID and SURF password.
    If you have problems logging in contact the Student Helpdesk
  • Email
  • My website - - for demos, exercise information, videos, etc
  • The MAT server - for uploading homework and projects
  • SFTP (secure file transfer system) - Filezilla for PC or Mac, WinSCP for PC or FUGU, Fetch or Cyberduck for Mac
  • The book listed below.
  • Plus you must have access to a computer to do the work required for this class.

Be sure to become familiar with all of them.

Important Semester Dates for Summer 2017 Class Sections:
June 12th - First Day of the Online Class
June 17th - Deadline to drop class with no record and receive refund
June 21 - Last day to change to Pass/No Pass grading option
July 21 - Deadline to drop with "W" grade
July 31 - Aug 3 - Finals Week - Your Final Project is due Aug 2nd.
The Final Critique is due Aug 3rd.

If you are going to miss class, please let me know ahead of time.
If you turn homework in LATE or REDO it, let me know by email.

*If you decided to stop attending/participating, you must DROP the class yourself. Do not expect me to drop you automatically. However if you stop turning in homework or attending class for 2 weeks, I may drop you.

Student Learning Outcomes
The MiraCosta faculty believe that students who complete one or more certificates or degrees are systematic, critical, creative thinkers and clear communicators who are intellectually curious, technically proficient, aesthetically literate, and professional. To that end, the faculty has identified seven Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) that apply directly to the high-level skills you are expected to possess in the workforce:

  1. Technical Skills
  2. Application of Discipline Skills
  3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  4. Communication
  5. Professional Behavior
  6. Aesthetic Literacy and Appreciation
  7. Global Awareness and Responsible Citizenship

To achieve this goal, you are expected to achieve competency in the following course-level Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply HTML and CSS coding techniques to construct and format web pages using modern web standards.
  2. Create effective user interfaces that apply fundamental design and usability principles.
  3. Plan, design, and construct a website and publish it to the Web.

Additionally, when you have completed this course, you should specifically be able to:

  • Execute intermediate level HTML and XHTML programming skills, including debugging techniques.
  • Implement practical image editing techniques for web display.
  • Repurpose content from other media to web delivery.
  • Implement fundamental design principles into user interface designs.
  • Upload, update and maintain a basic web site.
  • Evaluate various web browser differences and functionalities.
  • Implement fundamental skills in file management and project organization.

Course Textbooks

Learning Web Design (4th Ed.)
by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
ISBN: 978-0-596-52752-5


Students with disabilities, whether physical, learning, or psychological, who believe that they may need accommodations in this class, are encouraged to contact Disabled Students Programs & Services as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely manner. Their phone number is 795-6658 and they are located in Building 3000-Student Services, Room 3009, adjacent to Parking Lot 3C.

Instructor Contact

For the Online Class: Regular effective contact and interaction with the instructor will be maintained through weekly instructor-prepared electronic lectures and updates to the class website, weekly email announcements, active online discussion and question and answer forums, instructor feedback on student work, and through responding to student emails and/or other questions or postings in a timely manner. Online office hours, web conferencing or screen-sharing sessions will be scheduled as needed.

Students can reasonably expect to hear back from the instructor within 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) for most inquiries. If the instructor expects to be absent and unable to post materials and/or respond to email or discussion forums in excess of three or four days, she will notify the class and make other accommodations. If you have concerns about instructor contact or any other regard, please refer to the section on Students Rights in the MiraCosta College catalog.

Office Hours are available at my office that is off campus (at my other business).

Specific Classroom Behaviors

  • Turn cell phones off during class
  • No music during lectures.
  • No food or drink in class. We will have a break for this.
  • TARDINESS: If you are late to class, do not expect me to stop and catch you up to where we are.

Specific Course Behaviors

  • Turn homework on time. We have a lot of ground to cover during every class.
  • Let me know ahead of time if you are missing class. Email me at
  • Let me know if you turn in late homework. I don't always look for it.
  • You can redo homework (not projects) if it was originally turned in on time. Add REDO to your file or folder name and let me know it is there.
  • If you do not turn in homework for 2 weeks or do not check in to class for 2 weeks, I may drop you from class.

Grading & Evaluations:
Your final grade will be based on your performance on exercises, projects and participation on Blackboard.

Total Possible Points = 650

  • Exercises [Weekly Homework]: 240 points (37%)
  • Project One: 100 points (15%)
  • Project Two: 125 points (20%)
  • Final Project: 185 points (28%)
  • Blackboard and Class Participation: Extra Credit (that extra nudge that helps)
    This includes asking questions and helping fellow students
90 - 100%585 - 650A
80 - 89% 520 - 584B
70 - 79%455 - 519C
60 - 69%390 - 454D
0 - 59%0 - 389F