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CIS 211 covers Web site coding using HTML5 and CSS3. Plan to spend 5-10 hours per week on this class.   You must have reliable access to Internet to complete this class. You are expected to check Moodle and email at least twice per week.

2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, 3 units


Section 5029
Thursday 9:00AM - 11:50PM
Room E-206
2 hours per week online (discussion, quizzes, and lab assignments)

Course Web Site:


Jodi Reed, MA
Computer & Information Science
Cuyamaca College
jodi.reed (at)
office:  room E-107

Jodi's Spring 2014 Office Hours

Monday: 10-11AM
Tuesday: 4-5PM
E-107 or E-206
Wednesday: 10AM-12PM
Thursday: 12-1PM
E-206 or E-107

Please request an appointment if you would like to see me outside office hours. I am also available by email.


In this 3-unit course, students will use a text editor to code Web sites.  The course will cover 3 main topics:

  1. file management - how to organize and manage your content
  2. production - how to code pages
  3. standards - creating standard-compliant code


The prerequisite skills for this class are:

  1. Send, receive and manage electronic mail.
  2. Use a web browser to browse, navigate and conduct research.
  3. Use Windows or MacOS to copy, paste, move and rename files.
  4. Open and save word processing files.
  5. Copy and paste text or graphics from one window or application to another.
  6. Organize files using folders.

These skills can be learned in CIS 105, CIS 110,  or GD 105.  Solid skills are especially important for students in the online course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, each student will be able to:

  1. Use a markup language (e.g. HTML, XHTML) to develop a standards-compliant web site.
  2. Use standards-compliant CSS to style a web site.
  3. Properly organize and name web files.
  4. Describe concepts and components of style sheets.
  5. Apply styles to web documents in a variety of ways including embedded, external, and inline. 
  6. Use simple, contextual, class, and id selectors as well as pseudo-elements and pseudo-classes to apply style rules selectively.
  7. Use an FTP client to upload files to web server.
  8. Distinguish between absolute and relative paths to files and know when to apply each.
  9. Read, write, analyze and debug markup and stylesheet code.

Grading and Assignments

You will be graded on assignments, online discussion, and tests.  Moodle will link to complete instructions, including a scoring rubric for each Web page assignment.  You will use Moodle to check your grades, turn in assignments, take quizzes, and participate in class discussion.  Your total grade will include:

~25% Labs Labs are fairly quick ways to reinforce your understanding of a specific concept or skills.
~45% Projects Projects require you to apply skills from multiple lessons and give you an opportunity to practice skills covered in the textbooks.  
~ 5% Discussion Participation You are expected to post at least one message to the Moodle discussion each week.  These can be questions, comments, responses, interesting Web sites, etc.  Your message will be given 1-5 points based on complexity, appropriateness, and helpfulness. Maximum per week: 10 points.
~15% Quizzes Moodle quizzes will cover handouts, textbook, and online video material. 
~10% Final Exam The final exam will be cumulative and will include a practical section.
  Extra Credit extra credit is sometimes offered and is used to bump up a borderline grade (1-2% below higher grade)


90-100%, awarded for work that meets all requirements and shows effort, skill, and creativity
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%

Due Dates, Make-ups, and Incompletes

Assignments and quizzes are usually due to Moodle a week after they are assigned.  Everything is carefully set up in a specific sequence to help you learn, so DON'T SKIP ASSIGNMENTS. Due dates are shown on Moodle. After the due date, you lose 30%. Be sure to SAVE and BACK UP/UPLOAD everything you do. BEGIN ASSIGNMENTS EARLY in the week they are assigned so you will have time for questions. ASSUME you will have technical problems and turn in work BEFORE the due date. I have built in plenty of time to allow for questions and technical difficulties as long as you begin on the date it was assigned.

An incomplete grade is given only when there is an emergency near the end of the semester.

Textbooks - available at the campus bookstore or online

textbook Murach's HTML5 and CSS3
Zak Ruvalcaba & and Anne Boehm
ISBN-13: 978-1890774660
$35 on Amazon



You cannot complete this class without reliable access to Internet and text editing software. You may use free text editors the come with MacOS and Windows or you may choose to purchase a text editor ($25-$50). You'll learn more about this early in the class.

Text editors are available in the E building Open Lab. You may also use Graphic Design Labs and CIS labs during open hours.

You need adequate storage to SAVE and BACK UP your work.  You are responsible for your work in spite of technical problems, so be sure to back up!  Most students use a USB Flash Hard Drive.


Though any student not participating in class for 2 consecutive weeks may be dropped from the course by the instructor, it is always the student's responsibility to drop any unattended course.  Failure to drop an unattended course will result in a grade of "F" on your transcript.  Participation in an online class means submitting assignments and taking quizzes on time, contributing to discussion regularly, and checking Moodle & email at least twice a week.


Course Communication

Post general questions to the online discussion.  You may also send email to jodi.reed (at) or stop by during office hours. 

NOTE: I must respond to many questions each day, so my responses tend to be brief. Please don't take this personally. I usually respond the same day or the next day. Please try again if you don't hear back within 2 days. I check email most often followed by Moodle discussion and then voice mail.

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should notify me and contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. See for contact information.


Academic Integrity

When creating Graphics or Web sites, treat Web content as you would treat content from a published article or book. Stealing content is unethical, and students guilty of academic dishonesty will receive a zero for the assignment and may be suspended or expelled. It is acceptable to use brief quotes or clip art. It's not ok to copy entire web pages or style sheets or use someone else's images without permission.


Important Dates

Please mark your calendar!

August 20 Regular Day & Evening Classes Begin
August 31 Last Day to Add Semester-Length Classes
Last Day to Drop Semester-Length Classes Without a "W"
Last Day to Receive a Refund for Semester-Length Classes
September 3 Labor Day Holiday
September 21 Last Day to Apply for P/NP (credit/no credit instead of grade)
October 12 Last Day to Apply for Fall Degree/Certificate
November 8 Last Day to Drop Semester-Length Classes
November 12 Veteran's Day Holiday
November 22, 23, 24 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 10 End of Second 8-Week Session
December 11-17  Final Examination Days
December 19 Instructor Grade Deadline

This course adheres to the policies outlined in the Cuyamaca College catalogue. For further information, see Academic Policies stated in the catalog.