Syllabus Contents


CIS 213 Syllabus for Spring, 2014

2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, 3 units

Section 5175
Hybrid - Thursday 9 - 11:55 a.m., room E-206
(plus 2 online instructional hours per week)

Section 0873
Online - see online course information

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.


This course builds on the skills introduced in CIS 211 and CIS 212 with hands-on projects that reinforce and further develop HTML5 and CSS3 expertise. 


Check with me if you think you have any questions about the prerequisites.


  1. Demonstrate best practices in HTML structure by properly using HTML5 semantic elements and other structural elements (div, span, head elements, block elements) and explain how these support search engine optimization, accessibility, and responsive design.
  2. Use CSS in an efficient, organized manner to control presentation, including formatting and layout for desktop, tablets, mobile devices, and print.
  3. Explain how to implement a local testing server or hosted site and the reasons for each.
  4. Compare content management systems, explain their advantages and disadvantages, and use one to create a small web site.
  5. Describe and apply principles of usable and accessible design.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Efficiently produce and maintain large websites by applying production techniques such as external style sheets, include files, and database integration.
  2. Use an authoring tool to create forms and insert scripts (WYSIWYG-generated or provided by a book or website) for simple behaviors such as form validation, pull-down menus, and tabbed panels.
  3. Use advanced authoring tool features to develop database integrated web pages. Web forms will allow the user to query the database, use a login name and password to authenticate, and display, navigate, insert, edit and delete database records.
  4. Describe usability and accessibility concepts and terminology, and synthesize design concepts presented in class to create a website that is usable and accessible.

Grading and Assignments



Orientation, quizzes, and lab assignments introduce concepts and skills. Projects require integration of concepts and skills from several labs and readings.


Discussion Participation

Students are expected to post a significant question, answer, or comment to the online discussion roughly once per week. Posts will be graded. Maximum per week: 10 points.
(3-5 points per week for up to 50 points)


Research Project

You will be assigned a topic and you will prepare a video, web site or PowerPoint presentation on the topic to share with your peers. You will also submit 5 quiz questions on the topic.


Final Project

The database project is a small, database-integrated Web - topic of your choice.


Final Exam

The final exam will cover concepts and skills from the entire semester, but will focus on database integration.


90-100%, awarded for work that exceeds expectations and/or shows exceptional effort, skill, or creativity
80-89%, awarded for work that exceeds expectations
70-79%, awarded for work that meets expectations
60-69%, awarded for work that is below expectation

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 50%. Some assignments must be completed before you can move on in the course, so DON'T GET BEHIND. If you turn in your work on time, you will usually get one chance to fix mistakes, so TURN IN WORK ON TIME! 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 and technical glitches. 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.

Attendance/Participation Drop Policy

Students who are inactive will be dropped from the course. If an entire week goes by with no activity on your part either through the discussion board participation, email communication, or submission of work, quiz, or exam, you will be dropped. Therefore, contact me if your contribution to the class will be interrupted.

Though any student not participating in class for 1 week 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. 

Textbooks - available at the campus bookstore or online


Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
David Sawyer McFarland
Print ISBN 9781449397975
$28 on Amazon

lynda video training
details will be announced when class begins

NOTE: Join Amazon Student and get FREE Two-Day Shipping for one year with a free Amazon Prime membership ($79 value). The program is available only for students and there is no cost to join--simply sign up by providing your school, major, and campus email address.


You Need Dreamweaver 5.5 or 6 OR a good IDE. You'll also need a way to upload (Dreamweaver or FTP client like FileZilla). Backup technology is also recommended.

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

January 27 Classes begin
February 7 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
February 10 Census Day
February 14-17 Holiday (President's Day Weekend)
February 28 Last day to apply for Pass/No Pass for semester length classes
March 21 Last day to apply for Spring degree/certificate
April 14-19 Spring Recess
April 25 Last day to drop semester-length classes
May 26 Holiday (Memorial Day)
May 27 - 31 Final Examinations

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