CIS 211: Syllabus for Spring 2014

Course Information

  • CIS 211 Section #9015
  • Web Markup Languages
  • Spring 2014
  • Lectures: Thursday 6:00pm - 8:55pm in Room E-206
  • Instructor: Linda Carver
  • Email: lrose(at)
  • Office Hours: by appointment
  • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, 3 units
  • 2 additional hours per week online

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

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 and style Web pages with HTML5 and CSS3
  3. Standards - how to create standard-compliant code

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


We will not use Blackboard for this course. Instead we'll use Moodle, an open source learning management system. The main course page on Moodle will link to complete instructions for each week, including resources not found in the textbook. You will use the course Moodle site to check your grades, turn in Labs and Projects, take quizzes and exams, and participate in class discussion.


Textbook: Murach's HTML5 and CSS3 Murach's HTML5 and CSS3
by Zak Ruvalcaba & Anne Boehm

ISBN-13: 978-1890774660

Available at the campus bookstore or online
(about $35 on Amazon)


  1. Ability to send, receive, and manage e-mail
  2. Experience using a web browser to browse, navigate and conduct research.
  3. Ability to open and save word processing files.
  4. Experience using Windows or MacOS to copy, paste, move, and rename files.
  5. Experience copying and pasting text or graphics from one window or application to another.
  6. Experience organizing files using folders.
  7. These skills can be learned in CIS 105, CIS 110, or GD 105.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use a markup language (HTML5) to develop a standards-compliant web site.
  2. Use standards-compliant CSS3 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.


You will be graded on assignments (Labs and Projects), quizzes, and a final exam (see below).  Moodle has links to complete instructions.

Your total grade will include:

25% Labs Labs are great for reinforcing your understanding of a specific concept or skills. You will have about 90 minutes to complete Labs in class. Labs must be submitted to Moodle by 11:55pm the day they are assigned in class.
40% Projects Projects require you to apply and practice skills from multiple lessons covered in the textbook.  
20% Quizzes
Moodle quizzes will cover all assigned material from the textbook. You will have one week to take each chapter quiz, and you get two (2) attempts during that week. Only the higher score will count towards your grade.
15% Final Exam
The final exam will be cumulative. You will take the exam on Moodle in class, during finals week. The final will be open book, open notes, open internet. Online questions will be drawn from the chapter quizzes.
Extra Credit Quizzes will sometimes be offered during class. These can be used to bump up a borderline grade (1-2% below higher grade). Extra Credit Quizzes cannot hurt you, they can only help your grade.

Grading Scale

A+  Special Recognition  93.4-100% A-  90-93.3%
B+ 86.7-89.9% B 83.4-86.6% B- 80-83.3%
C+ 76.7-79.9% C 70-76.6%    
    D 60-69.9%    
    F 0-59.9%    

Assignment Due Dates, Make-ups, and Incompletes

Labs are due to Moodle at 11:55pm on the day they are assigned in class. Labs submitted after the cutoff will not be accepted.

Projects are due on Fridays the week after they're assigned in class. You'll have a week and a day to complete these, which is plenty of time if you begin the work timely. Late Projects will not be accepted past the day they are due.

If you can't attend class to complete a Lab, or you can't complete a Project, let me know ahead of time. We may be able to work something out, depending on the situation.

Everything is set up in a specific sequence to help you learn, so DON'T SKIP ASSIGNMENTS. Check Moodle for the date and time each assignment is due.

Be sure to SAVE and BACK UP everything you do. BEGIN ASSIGNMENTS EARLY once they are assigned so you will have time for questions. ASSUME you will have technical problems and turn in work BEFORE the due date. Plenty of time is built in to allow for questions and technical difficulties as long as you begin the assignment timely.

DON'T FORGET TO VALIDATE your assignment code, both Labs and Projects. Leave plenty of time to fix errors! An assignment that doesn't validate will be docked 50%.

Quizzes are available on Moodle for 1 week only, and no make-ups are allowed.

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


You cannot complete this class without reliable Internet access 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 Drive.


Any student not actively participating in class for 2 consecutive weeks may be dropped from the course by the instructor. But it is always the student's responsibility to drop an unattended course. Failure to drop an unattended course will result in a grade of "F" on your transcript.

Active participation in this class means attending class meetings, submitting all assignments and taking quizzes on time, regularly contributing to class discussion, and checking Moodle email at least twice a week.

Getting Help

CIS TUTORING is available in E-206: check Moodle for tutoring schedule. And I will usually be available before class to answer questions. You can also email me. I usually respond the same day or the next day. Please try again if you don't hear back within 2 days.

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

treat Web content and graphics as you would treat any other content published content from an article or a book. Stealing content is unethical, and will be treated as academic dishonesty.

It is acceptable to use brief quotes or clip art. It is NOT acceptable to copy entire web pages or style sheets or use someone else's images without permission.

You are expected to prepare all Labs and Projects on your own. Discussion is fine, but you MUST turn in your own code. If more than one student turns in the same code, I will treat this as academic dishonesty.

The penalties for academic dishonesty are severe:

  • A grade of zero (0) on the assignment, and
  • You may also receive a grade of F in the course, and
  • You can lose student privileges (including financial aid), and
  • You could even get expelled from school.

Cuyamaca College takes cheating seriously. Instructors must notify the Dean of Discipline about possible cheating. It is not a nice process, and it results in a permanent record of the incident. Don't damage your transcript and student records like that.

Do NOT cheat in this class. If you need help with the material, contact me and I will make sure you get help.

Important Dates

Please mark your calendar! (Click here for the full Academic Calendar.)

January 27 Regular Day & Evening Classes Begin
February 14 & 15 Holiday (Lincoln's Birthday Observed)
February 17 Holiday (Washington's Birthday Observed)
February 28 Last Day to Apply for P/NP Semester Length Classes
March 21 Last Day to Apply for Spring 2014 Degree/Certificate
April 14, 15, 16 & 17 Spring Recess
April 25 Last Day to Drop Semester Length Classes
May 27-31 & June 2 Final Examination Days
May 29 CIS 211 Final Examination, 6:00pm - 8:00pm in Room E-206