MAT125: Web Design Fundamentals Spring 2021: SYLLABUS

1434 is a late start Online Class. Class dates run from 2.8.21 - 5.28.21

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

Instructor Information NAME: Claudia Faulk
Background: M.B.A, Educational Technology, SDSU; B.A., Graphic Design emphasis in Multimedia, SDSU; A.A., MiraCosta College
Contact by email

Course Description
This course introduces the fundamentals of building Web pages, including HTML coding, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), image optimization, web typography, interface design, basic JavaScript, and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) for uploading websites. Students also learn about browser and platform issues, modern coding best practices, responsive design, and management techniques for personal websites.

For this class we will use:

  • Canvas. 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, sample videos, and more
  • 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.
  • Software: We will use TextEdit (MAC) or NotePad (PC), which are free programs included on your computers.

Be sure to become familiar with all of them.

Course Textbooks

Learning Web Design (5th Ed.)
by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
ISBN-13: 978-1491960202
ISBN-10: 1491960205

Important Semester Dates for Summer 2020 Class:
- Feb 8 - First Day of this Online Class
- Feb 18 - Deadline to drop class with no record and receive refund
- March 10 - Last day to change to Pass/No Pass grading option
- May 3 - Deadline to drop with "W" grade which will switch to an EW
- May 24-28 - Finals Week
- May 28 - Your Final Project is due

Learning Objectives
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:

Performance Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Conceive, plan, and design a website project
  2. Collect and compose images and text.
  3. Prepare and optimize media for web delivery
  4. Apply fundamental design principles to interface and navigation designs
  5. Write, debug, and optimize HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code for structure, presentation, and functionality
  6. Apply responsive web design techniques
  7. Arrange and assemble a website and upload it to a web server.
  8. Apply fundamental skills in file management and server procedures


To create a better learning experience, you will actively use the material we are covering in class. You will do some research on how other businesses are currently using their websites and write analyzing what you have found. This is a great way to see what is working, or not working and learn to create websites and use design more effectively yourself. This will expand your viewpoint of the content covered in class.

The assignments are here to point you in the right direction, your level of participation and engagement will directly affect the depth of your learning experience.

Late homework will be marked down as specified per weekly exercise rubric. I encourage you to continue and complete the entirety of your work.

Dropping Class: It is your responsibility to drop or withdraw from the class, although after three consecutive weeks of no homework being turned in and no visible course activity, I may be drop you from this course.

Incomplete Grade: Students seeking a grade of Incomplete must consult with me no later than the week prior to finals (you may wish to specify a date within this week). A grade of Incomplete will only be considered for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term, and only upon agreement of conditions for completing coursework.

Specific Course Pace

Students should plan on spending at least 5-8 hours per week reading and applying what they learn. It is important to keep up with the class pace, so as not to fall behind. Materials covered will build as steps to the next concept, and should not be skipped over. Although I will guide you in the process of using each tool we cover, you must be able to work independently on your own to apply each new concept. Let me know ahead of time if you are missing class.

Ethical Conduct

Plagiarism: The work you do in class should be original. Look, learn, and then develop your own style and content. Do not copy someone else and use it as your own work.

Copyright issues: Material [images or text] that exists on the web is not necessarily public domain. Ask for permission before copying someone else’s work.

Penalty for Cheating and Plagiarism will initially result in a written reprimand and a 0 on the work involved for a first offense. A second offense will include referral to the Vice President of Student Services with a notation on the permanent academic record.


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.

Equity & Inclusion

MiraCosta College serves a diverse community and is committed to celebrating the diversity of our campus community. That commitment is woven into the fabric of our institution, and promotes acceptance, respect, and civility. Any doctrine that elevates one group above another has no place at MiraCosta. Furthermore, MiraCosta College does not condone any language or actions that promote racism, religious discrimination, anti-Semitism, homophobia, violence, bigotry, and other forms of hate. In addition, MiraCosta College has an expressed commitment to equity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual. The district employs a Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA+ needs, offers LGBTQIA Safe Space training, and has multiple student scholarships for members and active allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. For information about these and additional campus resources and services, visit:

LGBTQIA + Resources

MiraCosta College has an expressed commitment to equity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual. The district employs a Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA+ needs, offers LGBTQIA Safe Space training, and has multiple student scholarships for members and active allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. For information about these and additional campus resources and services, visit:

Open Labs - May be Closed due to COVID-19

For more information on MiraCosta Open Lab Policies visit: (Links to an external site).

LAB HOURS - May be Effected by COVID-19


The MiraCosta College faculty librarians assist students with their research questions, whether academic or personal. Students may obtain assistance from librarians either one-on-one at the reference desk, through class orientations, group workshops, individual appointments, or online. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of library resources. Current information regarding the library may be found at their webpage: (Links to an external site.).

Campus is Closed. Student Support is Open

For more information about what Student Support is available on campus or online, visit:

Student Orientation to Online Learning Workshops

The school is offering over two dozen Student Orientation to Online Learning workshops this fall – see all dates and times on the TASC site (Links to an external site.) and in Canvas announcements. These workshops help to familiarize students with the resources MiraCosta provides online to support them, as well as to adopt habits and attitudes of successful online students.

Two MiraCosta CARE Resources

The Reshaping Your School Schedule During Remote Instruction document (Links to an external site.) has great info for students on good habits for online student success, self-care and mental health tips, online learning netiquette, Zoom tech tips, and more. Linking to it from your syllabus and course home page could easily provide students with a wealth of great tips tailored for this unique time. Check out the CARE form (Links to an external site.) - students who are need of technology resources or have other major life concerns making it difficult to maintain their studies can seek help via this form.


If you decided to stop attending/participating, you must DROP the class yourself. Do not expect me to drop you automatically. If you do miss a series of classes without informing me of a good reason, I may drop you from class.
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.

Instructor to Student Contact:

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. 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.


  • I will respond to your questions on the Discussions within 24 hours M-TH and in 48 hours weekends and holidays for most inquiries to help keep you on track during the semester.
  • Contact me via email at
  • Be sure to include: MAT125 in the subject line AND your complete name in the content.
  • Office Hours will be available by Appointment via Zoom
  • Group Zoom Meetings may be offered as needed to cover content during the semester
  • Announcements will be sent to the email on file at MiraCosta College. Make sure this is an email that you check.
  • You can set up a MiraCosta email. Consult the MiraCosta Help Desk for assistance with this option.

Office Hours are available by appointment on Zoom

Grading & Evaluations:
Your final grade will be based on your performance on exercises, projects and participation on Canvas. Points for individual exercises and projects are awarded based on specific criteria for each exercise/project. A grading rubric is posted on each Exercise or Project sheet.

Total Possible Points = 680

  • Exercises [Weekly Homework]: 315 points (45%)
  • Project One: 100 points (14%)
  • Project Two: 125 points (18%)
  • Final Project: 160 points (23%)
  • Canvas and Class Participation: Extra Credit (that extra nudge that helps) - This includes asking questions and helping fellow students
90 - 100%630 - 700A
80 - 89% 560 - 629B
70 - 79%490 - 559C
60 - 69%420 - 489D
0 - 59%0 - 419F

Updated 1.9.21