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Revision Date: 22-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | CIS-1151-VM01 - Website Development

Tutorial Class

Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 08:30A - 11:00A
Semester Dates: 01-26-2023 to 05-04-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Cara Nelson
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Julie Dalley

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Digital and Technical Literacy
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course explores the creation of effective websites and pages. Topics include application of website development tools, and managing site content, site presentation, and site behaviors. Students explore and modify Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and use JavaScript code. Students manage a website's associated files and folders, web publishing client/server process, and administration of a website. Students create and enhance a variety of websites in this course.

Essential Objectives

1. Evaluate a variety of websites for content, style and functionality.
2. Analyze how web-based media can perpetuate systems of inequality or promote social change.
3. Identify current trends in web design and development including content management systems, build tools, and version control.
4. Describe accessibility, copyright, security, and other legal and ethical considerations in Web design.
5. Explain the history of HTML and the importance of semantic HTML 5.
6. Create a web page in both an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a WYSIWYG editor.
7. Use a variety of media file formats and describe the characteristics of each format and their effect on quality and speed.
8. Demonstrate the appropriate and effective use of HTML tags in web page design.
9. Demonstrate the effective use of inline, internal, and external CSS for style and positioning HTML elements.
10. Compare PHP and JavaScript as they relate to the construction and interactivity of a web page.
11. Create a form to collect data and understand the options for processing and storing that data.
12. Describe logistics and costs involved in planning, implementing, hosting, and maintaining a website.
13. Design and build a multi-page website that includes internal navigation, consistent style, and interactive elements which effectively conveys information, thoughts, and ideas.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


  • Small and large group discussions.
  • Interactive projects and/or activities.
  • Professional work-based learning experiences.
  • Classroom instruction involves a presentation, but the format is informal and promotes open discussion around specific website development topics, followed by group activities to apply the newly learned processes.
  • Hands-on problem-based learning: students are presented with real-life problems or scenarios and work to investigate potential web solutions while identifying design and functionality requirements to create a successful website effectively.
  • Technology changes rapidly, and learning through research is encouraged.
  • Project-based assignments.
  • A strong emphasis is on teaching you to apply information. This process might mean answering questions with no right or wrong answer but the scope for opinion and debate.
  • Students are encouraged to read and research widely, question and analyze what they have read, and openly discuss their ideas in the classroom.
  • The final semester project will apply the semester learning to a website of their choice and give a formal presentation on the results of the final project.

Evaluation Criteria

This course uses a weighted categories system to calculate final grades.

Participation = 20% of the final grade

Participation includes:

  • In-class activities
  • Peer reviews
  • Class and online discussions

Assignments = 40% of the final grade

Mid-term project = 15% of the final grade

  • Your mid-term will be your chance to announce your final project website
  • Initial planning document
  • A functionality wish list
  • A sitemap

Final Project = 25% of the final grade

  • The final project follows long with your class assignments
  • The final project is your chance to fine-tune any completed work
  • Includes a 15-minute presentation to summarize and share your processes

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Assignments are due on Wednesday evenings at midnight of the week following the week the work was assigned, this is the night before class.
  • Due dates are reflected on the Canvas course pages.
  • Late assignments can be submitted up to one week past the deadline. You will lose 10% each day that an assignment is late. After a week, it will no longer be accepted for credit
  • Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances. In the case of an extenuating circumstance, please communicate as early as you can with me about the need to miss class and/or assignments.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.