web design syllabus, summer 2008

course information

Course Numbers: MAWR 01618, Section 1, 30479
Course Hours: M, T, W, H 2:50 – 6:00 pm, May 19, 2008 – Jun 05, 2008
Course Location: Education Hall 2110
Printable Syllabus: wd-syllabus-sum08.pdf

Required Texts | Office Hours | Contacting Each Other | Students with Disabilities | Attendance and Late Work | Grading

Required Texts and Materials

All texts are available at the Rowan Bookstore or at your preferred online bookstore.

Adobe Creative Team, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book. Berkeley: Adobe P, 2007. Make sure CD is actually included in the back of the book.
Goto, K. & Cotler, E. (2005). Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works. Indianapolis: New Riders.
Griffiths, P. (2006). HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS. Berkeley: New Riders.
Krug, S. (2006). Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition. Berkeley: New Riders Press.

  • Various photocopies and online readings.
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Microsoft Word or any of many online alternatives (papers must be turned in in .doc or .rtf; no other formats will be accepted)
  • Rowan email address
  • Other materials as needed

Office Hours

Office hours are designed for you, giving you a more private environment in which we may talk about your work, your performance in class, etc. If you are unable to see me during my office hours, do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me at a different time. We will have at least one required conference during the second half of the semester.

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Contacting Each Other

There will be times during the semester when I will need to contact the class and you will need to contact me. I will contact you via your Rowan email account, so please be sure that you are checking it regularly and/or forwarding it to the email service you use most regularly. If you do not know your Rowan email address, you can find it on the Email page of the Rowan web site.

I am in my office only during office hours and the brief times before and after class. As a result, calling me in my office will not get you an immediate response. I strongly suggest you contact me via email, which I check all day long.

Email, however, tends to be seen as an informal medium. This, however, should not always be the case. All emails that I send to you will have a meaningful subject line and a proper salutation (“Hi Class,” or “Hi Jane,” etc.). The first sentence will notify you of the purpose of the email, and then will get to the heart of the matter. It will end with a formal closing (“Thanks, BW”). I expect the same from any email you send. Any email that does not will immediately be deleted and not responded to.

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Students with Disabilities

Your academic success is important. If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work in this class, please contact me. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856.256.4234. The Center is located on the 3rd Floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward to working with you to meet your learning goals.

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Attendance and Late Work

Much of your time in class will be spent in activities, not in lectures. Therefore, it is more than usually important that you come to class faithfully and that you participate in the activities planned. If genuine disaster should befall you and you must miss a class, please check with other students and the course web site to find out what you have missed.

After 4 absences for any reason you will fail the course. After ONE absence your final grade will drop one full grade for every absence. For example, if a student has 2 absences, they will receive no higher than a B in the course; 3 absences no higher than C; 4 absences no higher than a D. A student is considered late if they arrive after the sign-up sheet has gone around the room; lateness equals .5 absences.

For every missing major assignment your grade will be lowered by one full letter grade. For every 3 missing other assignments your grade will be lowered by one full letter grade. It is better to complete an assignment late then to not complete it at all.

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Grades correspond to the Graduate Handbook (A-C) for graduate students. Requirements for specific projects will be detailed when the project description is handed out. Each project is 30% of the final grade; class-participation is 10%.

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