Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CIT 151 – Beginning Web Development

College of Southern Nevada

Spring 2020

Professor: Dr. Kate Pulling
Office: West Charleston Campus, Building C, 151 B
Office Phone: (702) 651 – 5702
E Mail: Use Canvas course mail
Office Hours: Tues: 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Wed: 5:00 – 6:00 PM, Thurs: 4:00 – 6:00 PM and by appointment.

Class Location & Times: This is a three-credit course that meets three hours per week for the sixteen weeks of the semester, 21 January through 17 May. Meeting days and times are:

in room C 133 on the West Charleston campus.

Catalog Description: An introduction to the creation and styling of websites using HTML and CSS. Websites will include text, graphics, and multimedia. Prerequisite: IS 100B or IS 101 or Instructor approval.

Image of the textbookRequired Textbook: Sasha Vodnik, HTML5 and CSS3 Complete, 2nd edition, ISBN 9781305394049 (print) or equivalent ebook. For possible savings, check out

Other Requirements: A removable data storage device, a 3-ring binder with 10 tabbed dividers (labeled “Unit A”, “Unit B”, “Unit C”, ..., “Unit J”), and paper and pen, or pencil, for taking notes in class.

Software: All web pages will be produced using a text editor, such as Notepad++ for a PC or BBEdit for a Mac. Download Notepad++ or BBEditDownload Notepad++ from or BBEdit from

We will not be using Aptana Studio 3, the web server software mentioned in the textbook.

Data Files: Data files needed for tutorials and for the Independent Challenges are available

Library homepageCSN Library Services offers extensive in-person and online resources to help you complete assignments, including research and citation workshops, online articles and books, and drop-in research assistance at the Reference Desk inside each campus library and online at

“Safari Books Online” is of special interest to students in CIT courses. To access this digital library of technical books and videos, click on the Browse Databases button on the Library’s homepage, homepage at, then click on the letter S to filter the databases. The link to “Safari Books Online” should be at or near the top of the resulting list.

Initially, you will have to enter your student email address, then create an account with Safari. Subsequently, you will use your email address and your Safari password to access the Safari resources.

Printing @ CSN: Printing in CSN classrooms, computer labs and libraries falls under the Print Wise initiative, designed to help save natural and fiscal resources. Print Wise provides each CSN student with a $10 credit toward printing at the start of each semester, which will provide for up to 200 black and white copies at 5¢ a page, or 40 color copies at 25¢ a page. After that, you may put money into your account online or at a CSN Cashier’s Office to purchase additional pages at the same rate. It is your responsibility to maintain your printing accounts to cover printing expenses during each semester.

More information about the Print Wise system, go to

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Course Objectives: When you successfully complete the course, you will be able to

Measurement of Objectives: You will know you are meeting the course objectives stated above as you successfully

Most of these activities result in points that are accumulated during the semester. The final point total determines the grade you earn.

Grading Policy: The following are the requirements of the course, their weights and the minimum accumulated points for each letter grade:

Requirements Points Letter Grade Minimum Points
Homework assignments 0 A 720
10 Independent Challenges @ 10 points,
10 Visual Workshops @ 10 points,
and a website @ 20 points
(Due in class May 5/6)
220 B+ 660
Project 1
(Electronic submission, Friday, Mar 13)
140 B 600
Project 2
(Electronic submission, Friday, May 8)
140 C+ 540
In-class Activities 120 C 480
2 Exams @ 90 points
(In class: Feb 25/26, May 12/13)
180 D 400
Total 800 F 0

Note: Instructors do not have the option of withdrawing students. If you wish to receive a W in lieu of a grade, you MUST withdraw yourself officially from the class. Once you have withdrawn (dropped), you must discontinue attending class. Alternatively, you may wish to change from Credit to Audit and continue to attend the class.

Either of these actions may have implications for financial aid.

The deadlines are as follows:

Homework: There are no graded homework assignments in this course, although assignments may be made that should be completed for the next class. Your “homework” in this course consists of

Obviously, “doing your homework” is the only path to success in this course.

Independent Challenges and Visual Workshops: You must complete Independent Challenge #2 and the Visual Workshop for Units A through Unit J in the textbook.

During the semester you will create a website on the internet to display all of your Independent Challenges and Visual Workshops. When these are due, you will be required to review your binder and website with your instructor. These conferences will be held during the regular class meeting on May 5/6. No late assignments will be accepted.

Projects: The two projects will allow you to showcase what you have learned. The due dates for electronic submission of projects are given in the Grading Policy section. Late projects will be penalized.

In-class Activities: Class time will be used to expand upon, refine and practice material presented in the textbook, as well as to develop new techniques. You must be an active participant in all activities. In preparation for each class you should

If you miss class, you are still responsible for the material. You will have to get notes from a fellow student.

Exams: There will be two 90-minute, open-book/open-note examinations. The format of the exams will be “hands-on”, testing your mastery of HTML and CSS. All textbook material, lectures and in-class exercises should be considered “fair game” for the exams. No make-up exams will be given.

CIT/CS/IS101/IS115 Software Labs: The labs are a service of the CIT Department to provide specialized help for your CIT, CS or IS classes. No appointments are necessary.

The Software Lab monitors can assist with understanding of key concepts covered in your classes. A lab monitor may not be able to answer all questions, but he/she can refer you to external resources or to your instructor for additional help. A lab monitor cannot provide direct assistance with work related to assignments. Alert the lab monitor if your questions are specific to your homework assignments.

Remember that the Software Labs (dedicated rooms at West Charleston, Henderson, and North Las Vegas campuses) are completely separate from the OPEN computer labs at all CSN locations. The OPEN computer labs provide access to general software; the lab monitors at the OPEN labs will not be able to answer any programming-related questions.

Weekly Schedule:

Week Meets
Planned Topic/Activity
(Complete Textbook Unit BEFORE Class)
1 Jan 21 Jan 22 Introduction (Unit A)
2 Jan 28 Jan 29 HTML (Unit B)
3 Feb 4 Feb 5 HTML
4 Feb 11 Feb 12 CSS (Unit C)
5 Feb 18 Feb 19 CSS
6 Feb 25 Feb 26 Exam 1 [Project 1 distributed]
7 Mar 3 Mar 4 Box model (Unit D)
8 Mar 10 Mar 11 Format text (Unit E),
[Project 1 Electronic submission, Friday, Mar 13]
9 Mar 17 Mar 18 Hyperlinks (Unit F)
10 Mar 24 Mar 25 Hyperlinks
11 Mar 31 Apr 1 Images (Unit G)
Spring Break: Apr 6 — Apr 12. Classes do not meet. Computer labs closed.
12 Apr 14 Apr 15 Lists and Tables (Unit H)
13 Apr 21 Apr 22 Responsive Design (Unit I)[Project 2 distributed]
14 Apr 28 Apr 29 Forms (Unit J)
15 May 5 May 6 Independent Challenges and Visual Workshops Due
[Project 2 Electronic submission, Friday, May 8]
16 May 12 May 13 Exam 2

Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change as deemed appropriate by the instructor and with advanced notification.

Important Dates in the College Calendar:

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Student Behavior

Ground Rules: You and your fellow students want to get the most out of this course. This will be possible only if everyone follows these guidelines:

Academic Honesty: CSN demands a high level of academic behavior. Acts of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating, are regarded as very serious offenses. In this class any academic irregularities will result in a grade of ZERO for the specific test/assignment.

You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published as part of the College Catalog) regarding student responsibilities and rights, the intellectual property policy, procedures and what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.

Note: If you have any concerns about this course and/or me, please contact me first. If I cannot resolve your issue, please contact the CIT Department Office at 702-651-5976. You will be directed to the appropriate Program Director or to the Department Chair. You will remain anonymous, if possible, and all communications will be strictly confidential. Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to make your concerns known to me and/or to the CIT Department.

Student Resources

Academic Counseling: If you are a new student or have not declared major, you will meet with a CSN success coach for all your advising needs, including course planning and career exploration services. Success coaches are located in student services areas and their contact information is available at

Students with DECLARED majors go to for instructions for scheduling an appointment with an academic counselor.

Centers for Academic Success: Centers for Academic Success (CAS) provide quality DROP-IN ONLY academic assistance to all students enrolled in for-credit courses at CSN. Tutors are available for most general education courses and some historically challenging courses. Academic learning support includes assistance with learning strategies, Canvas, Smarthinking on-line tutoring, Microsoft Office, reading, writing, oral presentations, math, and science. CAS tutors also provide support to study groups and assistance for placement test preparation in reading, writing, and math.

CAS are open Monday through Sunday to be more accessible to all students. Hours for all locations are: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit for more details on locations and hours. You may also contact us at one of our offices: Charleston Centers (702 651- 5732), North Las Vegas Learning Commons (702 651-4232), and Henderson Learning Commons (702 651- 3125).

Disability Resource Center: If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for coordination of your academic accommodations. The DRC is located in Student Services on each campus. The phone numbers for the DRC offices are: Henderson: 702-651-3795, North Las Vegas: 702-651-4045 and West Charleston: 702-651-5644

Find additional information at the DRC’s webpage. Additional information at the DRC’s webpage:

For students that would like to perform community service or earn extra money, stop by the DRC to fill out a job interest card. This office hires students as note takers, proctors, scribes, and lab assistants as needed.

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Updated: 17 January 2020

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