UNIVERSITY MISSION
Felician University is an independent co-educational Catholic/Franciscan University founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters to educate a diverse population of students within the framework of a liberal arts tradition. Its mission is to provide a full complement of learning experiences, reinforced with strong academic and student development programs designed to bring students to their highest potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the new century with informed minds and understanding hearts. The enduring purpose of Felician University is to promote a love for learning, a desire for God, self knowledge, service to others, and respect for all creation.

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MISSION
The School of Arts and Sciences is committed to promoting the University’s Franciscan-Felician mission by providing an environment that fosters the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development of our students. The Liberal Arts curriculum challenges students to explore creative ways of thinking within a broad scope of study that integrates intellectual traditions with essential values. Our diverse programs encourage students to become lifelong learners and compassionate contributors to the well-being of others throughout their lives.

DEPARTMENT OF ART MISSION
The Art Program at Felician Universtiy produces artists with the skills, knowledge, and critical sensibility to effectively communicate ideas through individual forms of expression. Offering a variety of courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Photography and New Media, the Department's objective is to emphasize the teaching of technique in concert with the critical study of different historical forms of art production, providing a life-long reference of cultural understanding.

Through a rigorous and dynamic curriculum, graduates of the Art Program will be able to implement a variety of creative skills and techniques, as well as produce a range of forms and styles; critique works of art based on their survey knowledge of major historical examples and schools of thought; recognize trends in contemporary cultural thinking; understand the importance of the arts in society; assess their personal strengths and interests; and create and present work suitable for exhibition and publication. Ultimately, graduates will be able to integrate and synthesize their skills, knowledge, and experience into a powerful career strategy.


ART-245-R INTRODUCTION TO WEB DESIGN
3 credits, undergraduate, traditional
Fall 2017
F 10:00-12:30, Martin 301

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
Michael J. Nyklewicz, M.A.
Associate Professor
Email: nyklewiczm@felician.edu
201-335-1437

Office Hours

 

Mac Lab Schedule

Resources

Updated 09/01/17


COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course, without being strictly technical, introduces students to designing websites that effectively communicate their ideas. Rather, the class will combine the technical aspects of website design with the development of a personal aesthetic. The course begins with an examination of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the basis of current web design. As the semester progresses, different techniques for manipulating HTML will be introduced, each increasing in difficulty and complexity. Students gain the practical knowledge needed to be proficient website designers through the synergistic techniques used to teach this class as well as define unique visual styles that will make them outstanding website designers.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
This course satifies GECC Theme Area III - Communication & Expression:

  1. Communicate creatively and aesthetically through writing, speaking, and/or performance
  2. Demonstrate college-level English language competence through reading, writing, and speaking with clarity, coherence, and persuasion
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in social and professional situations

In this course, students will:


RECOMMENDED TEXT

REQUIRED MATERIALS


COURSE CONTENT


PROJECTS

 

INTRODUCTION

Week One (09/01)
A Short History of the Computer, a Short History of the Internet
HTML
Presentation/discussion on the origins of the computer and internet, different aspects of web design, registering domain names, and finding a webhost

Week Two (09/08)
Images & Photoshop
Presentation/discussion on the various image formats supported on the web – introduction to Photoshop for resizing images and determining web-safe colors

Week Three (09/15)
Site Management
Presentation/discussion on creating a site map/plan, making a local site, and best practices for site management – introduction to Dreamweaver and HTML

Week Four (09/22)
Links
Presentation/discussion on creating a basic web page, best practices for links, and linking between pages, folders, and other websites

Week Five (09/29)
Images & Rollovers
Presentation/discussion on creating rollovers using images and text

Week Six (10/06)
Tables
Presentation/discussion on creating and using tables for placement of web objects

Week Seven (10/13)
CSS
Presentation/discussion on creating and using Cascading Style Sheets for placement of web objects

Week Eight (10/20)
Midterm Review

Week Nine (10/27)
MIDTERM
In-Class Practical Exam #1

Week Ten (11/03)
Frames
Presentation/discussion on creating and using frames for simultaneous display of more than one webpage

Week Eleven (11/10)
Plug-Ins & Embedded Video
Presentation/discussion on using plug-ins to embed audio and video

Week Twelve (11/17)
Animation & Flash
Presentation/discussion on creating animated elements in Photoshop and animated websites in Flash

Week Thirteen (11/24)
Thanksgiving - no class

Week Fourteen (12/01)
Delivery Options
Presentation/discussion on considerations for display on computers and mobile devices

Week Fifteen (12/08)
In-Class Practical Exam #2

Week Sixteen (12/15)
Student Presentations
Presentations of student work and their creative process

No work accepted after 12/15


GRADING RUBRICS

RESEARCH PAPER 5 pts. 3 pts. 1 pt.
Content
Ideas are clearly defined with cogent arguments and well-chosen supporting material. Ideas are satisfactorily defined with adequate arguments and supporting materials.
Ideas are not clearly defined, lacking convincing arguments and appropriate supporting materials.
Structure
Paper is well organized, progressing from thesis to conclusion in a logical and understandable manner. Paper progresses from thesis to conclusion, but is poorly organized. Paper is unorganzied, lacking a clearly defined thesis and conclusion.
Originality
Interpretation of the research topic shows independent thought and creative ideas. Intepretation of the research project shows some creativity, but lacks in realization of ideas. Interpretation of the research topic does not go beyond the obvious.
Citations Accurate use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin. Somewhat accurate use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin. Improper use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin.
  5 pts. 0 pts. 0 pts.
Spelling and grammar No mistakes. No points given otherwise. No points given otherwise.

 

WEB PAGE 4 pts. 0 pts. 0 pts.
Functionality
Website is uploaded online and fully functional, with no broken links, missing files, etc.

No points given otherwise.

No points given otherwise.
  1 pts. .5 pts. .25 pt.
Design
All aspects of design are appropriate for the subject. Design is somewhat appropriate for the subject. Design is not appropriate for the subject.
Creativity
Interpretation of the project shows independent thought and creative ideas. Intepretation of the project shows some creativity, but lacks in realization of ideas. Interpretation of the project is obvious.
Ingenuity Appropriate use of the features of Dreamweaver effectively communicates ideas. Somewhat appropriate use of the features of Dreamweaver, but lacks relevance to ideas. Indiscriminate use of the features of Dreamweaver.

 

GRADING POLICIES
Grades will be based on the criteria found in the GRADING RUBRICS.

Total percentage is 100, which is translated into a letter grade using the standards published in the University Catalog (see below); there will be no grading curve.

Felician University operates on the 4.00 grading system and determines the academic standing of students according to the following scale:

Grade Description Numerical Equivalent Quality Points
A Outstanding 95-100 4.000
A- Excellent 90-94 3.670
B+ Very Good 87-89 3.333
B Good 83-86 3.000
B- Above Average 80-82 2.670
C+ Average 77-79 2.333
C Acceptable 70-76 2.000
D Poor 65-69 1.000
F Failure 64 or below 0.000
FA Failure due to non-attendance 64 or below

0.000


COURSE POLICIES


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