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IGME-230 Web Design & Implementation, Fall 2017: Syllabus

Instructor and Class Details

Course Catalog Description

This course provides an introduction to web development tools and technologies, such as X/HTML, CSS, Javascript and DHTML, AJAX, web platforms and environments, and server-side programming methods.

Prerequisite Knowledge

I expect students in this class to have a basic working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and publishing to RIT's web hosting environment (people.rit.edu). For both GDD and New Media Interactive students, that material was covered in IGME-110. If you need a review of HTML & CSS, review the Lynda.com HTML Essential Training tutorial. I've also written up a brief review/tutorial on how to upload files to the RIT server.

Course Materials and Communication!

There is no required textbook for the course, but there will be an assortment of handouts and online readings that you will receive over the course of the semester. They will be uploaded to (or linked from) this Github site.

I will be assigning a number of tutorials from the Lynda.com website, which you can access for free using your RIT login.

All course materials and example code will be distributed via Github, and you will also be learning how to use Git and Github to manage your own exercise and project files. We will be using Slack, a group communication tool, for announcements, discussions, and Q&A about class activities and projects. We'll be discussing both of these tools in week 1.

MyCourses will only be used for grading (and the occasional copyrighted reading), not for distribution of materials or communication. There will be links in myCourses pointing you to this Github repository and to our class Slack.

Course Organization

Listening to a lecture is seldom the best way to learn to create things. As a result, when new topics are introduced I will expect you to complete the assigned readings or tutorials before the class where we discuss that topic. In most of our class meetings, I will give a short lecture providing context and additional information about the assigned materials, and then we'll do a short in-class exercise to get hands-on experience with the concepts being discussed.

Course Topics & Schedule

The schedule of topics, readings, and exercises can be found in the Schedule.md file. Materials for in-class exercises can be found in the Github folder for that week's class. It is your responsibility to check the schedule for each week's readings. You will find the in-class exercises very challenging if you do not complete the readings and/or tutorials for that week.

Attendance

Because much of the class revolves around in-class exercises, attendance is critical. If you miss a class, you should check Github and/or Slack for information on the exercise, and complete it on your own time. If you know you'll be missing a class due to a conflict, please let me know, so I can make sure you have the materials for the exercise.

Grading

Your final grade will be based on your projects (70%), in-class exercises (20%), and your overall participation in-class and/or in Slack (10%).

I give only three possible final grades in this class. You'll receive a grade of A ("good work!"), C ("you passed, but your work was unimpressive"), or F ("this is the wrong field of study for you"), based on your overall average for the class. Here's the breakdown:

Class Average Grade
83%-100% A
65%-82.9% C
0-64.9% F

Projects (70% of grade)

  • Project 1: Personal Page for Class (10% of final grade, due 10 September 2017)

  • Project 2: Personal Portfolio (20% of final grade, due 15 October 2017)

  • Project 3: Group Project (20% of final grade, due 12 November 2017)

  • Project 4: Final Personal Project (20% of final grade, due 10 December 2017)

In-Class Exercises (20% of final grade)

Most in-class exercises will be due at the end of the class in which they are assigned. With more challenging in-class exercises and/or homework exercises, I will extend the due date until the weekend. Exercises and associated materials will be always be uploaded to that week's folder in this Github repository, and linked from the Schedule.md file with information on their required submission date and time. I will accept late exercises, but you will receive reduced credit for late work.

Class Participation (10% of final grade)

You are expected to attend class regularly. In some cases, I will announce that attendance is optional if you complete that day's exercise before the start of class.

Final Practical Exam (pass/fail -- not included in final grade)

There will be a final practical exam in the class, which will require you to demonstrate basic proficiency with the technologies we've covered during the semester. It is a pass/fail practical; if you receive at least 7/10 points, you pass the exam. If you fail the exam, you will have an opportunity to retake it during finals week, although you will need to earn at least 8/10 points to pass the second time. If you do not pass either exam, you will receive a failing grade in the class. If you do pass the exam, your exam grade will not impact your final grade in the class.

Additional Policies

Important RIT Deadlines

  • Last day of add/drop is 5 September 2017.
  • Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is 10 November 2017.
  • You have one semester after the class has ended to challenge your grade.

Communication

Any updates to assignments or the syllabus will be posted in Github and automatically announced in Slack. Major announcements (such as class cancellations) will be posted in the general channel in Slack. This means you should regularly check the class Slack, and consider setting up notifications for the general channel. I check both email and Slack frequently, and will try to always respond within 24 hours (the exception to this is when I’m traveling, for which I’ll give you advance notice). You will get a faster response using Slack, with the bonus that other people in the class can help answer questions, as well. If you want to send me email, please make sure you send it from your RIT account to my primary RIT email: Elizabeth dot Lawley at rit dot edu.

Late Policy

If you are having problems with an assignment or have an emergency that may make you late in submitting your work, please contact me before the due date. Late assignments that have not been cleared with me before the due date may not be accepted, or may incur a grade penalty.

Missed Classes

If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to check with classmates for notes to supplement the materials I've already provided online. I will not recap classes for you.

Office Hours

I will have a minimum of four office hours per week. This is an excellent time to come in with questions on the course material, homework, or in class work. I am always happy to help you understand the course material or assignments—or just to chat about whatever topic you’d like. Take advantage of this time, since few students bother to talk with their professors outside of class. If for some reason I’m called away during office hours, there will be a note on the door.

Mobile Phones

Please turn off sounds on your phone, so that you don’t disturb the people around you with notification noises. If you must take a call, please leave the room to do so.

Notices of Accommodation

If you have a “Notice of Accommodation”, I should have received a copy electronically. Please discuss this with me after class or during my office hours, so that I can make sure all of your accommodations are met.

Social Networks

I don’t initiate friend requests on Facebook, because I don’t want you to feel obligated to accept. However, I do generally accept friend requests from students. I have a private Twitter account that I seldom use, and don’t accept follower requests on it. I maintain a LinkedIn account, and am happy to connect with students there in order to help them find job-related connections. Links to my various social media accounts can be found on my website (lawley.rit.edu).

Policy on Incomplete Grades

Incomplete grades will be given only in the most exceptional circumstances, and then only by prior arrangement with me. Note that I only give incompletes in the event of: 1) military deployment or 2) documented and verifiable family or personal illness/emergency. Being overcommitted, overwhelmed, and/or not having enough time to complete your coursework does not fall into either of those two categories. Please come see me ASAP if you’re having difficulty so we can find a solution together.

Academic Dishonesty

My policy on academic dishonesty is simple: If you get caught cheating or plagiarizing, you get an “F” as a grade for the course, a letter detailing the incident goes into your records folder, and you are immediately removed from the class. (If this is a second occurrence during your career at RIT, the penalties are harsher.)

Please review RIT’s policy on academic integrity: https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d080

Discrimination and Harassment

RIT is committed to providing a safe learning environment, free of harassment and discrimination as articulated in our university policies located on our governance website. RIT’s policies require faculty to share information about incidents of gender based discrimination and harassment with RIT’s Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinators, regardless whether the incidents are stated to them in person or shared by students as part of their coursework.

If you have a concern related to gender-based discrimination and/or harassment and prefer to have a confidential discussion, assistance is available from one of RIT’s confidential resources on campus (listed below).

  1. The Center for Women & Gender: Campus Center Room 1760 585-475-7464; CARES (available 24 hours/7 days a week) Call or text 585-295-3533.
  2. RIT Student Health Center – August Health Center/1st floor 585-475-2255.
  3. RIT Counseling Center - August Health Center /2nd floor – 2100 585-475-2261.
  4. The Ombuds Office – Student Auxiliary Union/Room 1114 585-475-7200 or 585-475-2876.
  5. The Center for Religious Life – Schmitt Interfaith Center/Rm1400 585-475-2137.
  6. NTID Counseling & Academic Advising Services – 2nd Floor Lynden B. Johnson 585-475-6468 (v), 585-286-4070 (vp)

Finally...

Any or all of the previous information is subject to change or modification during the semester. Any changes to the syllabus will be published here on GitHub, and will be announced in Slack.

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