Instructor: Phil Waclawski
NOTE: This is an 7 week hybrid class. We meet once a week, the other half is online/work in lab or at home. Instructor will be available during lab and office hours, by email and AIM as well when possible.
http://www.felitaur.com/ (Instructors home page)
http://www.felitaur.com/internet.html Course Home Page
Section: 27826 M 7:10-9:50pm Room BA9W
Lab and Office Hours See Schedule
Office: BPO 26
Office Phone: 480 461-7468
You need to have a USB flash drive. We use them for many of our classes.
|Rough Schedule (expect some modifications)|
|Jan 16||School Holiday|
|Jan 23||Set up webct, email instructor, discussions, AIM||Topics: History of Internet, common uses of web, asynchronous comm (email, web, ftp) Culture, ethics and Security|
|Browser Basics, Search Engines, Emerging technologies||(RSS, Blogs, Twitter, podcasts, wikis and social media)|
|Jan 30||Create First Web pages, Design concepts||Start HTML/XHTML BOOK, Tutorial 1|
|Feb 6||Developing a Website||Tutorial 2|
|Feb 13||Tables, CSS||Tutorial 3,4|
|Feb 20||NO CLASS: Online portion, GraphicsCSS||Gimp and possibly photoshop Tutorials 5|
|Feb 27||Finish up topics||Work on Final website Projects|
|March 5||Final Presentations|
NOTE: Schedule and Assignments are Subject to Change
I can change the above schedule and assignments as I feel is needed, in all cases ample warning will be given in class. In some cases, we end up covering the first book ahead of schedule, allowing us to start the html/web page portion early. If you fail to attend class and miss those notices, it's your fault. Always make sure to check with fellow students or the instructor when you get back for any changes to the schedule.
Open Lab Requirements
The official lab policies are on webct. As stated in the schedule, you are required to spend at least 1 additional hour in the open lab per class period. There will be outside of class assignments and you will need to find time to do them. Expect to spend several hours a week on this course outside of class. I will be available during my lab hours for help, and possibly other times by arrangement.
I grade on a straight scale based on percentage of total points. If you attend the classes, do the work, spend time every week in the open lab, you should do well in this course.
Below 60% is an F
Incompletes are NOT given in this class
There will be a short quiz for the majority of the tutorials for the first book, and a few for the HTML book as well. These will be 10 pts each and you will have a few days to do them. They must be turned in on time to get your grade. Please do not take the quizzes ahead of time, they change each semester, and I will not accept the old ones.
Projects and Assignments
The book has several projects for you to do on your own (or in class), and from time to time I will require you to turn those in, you will get credit for them as well.
**Important Course Policies**
I assume everyone in class is a mature, professional person. While I feel confident no one will do any of the following, there are a few class policies to lay out.
First, you CAN do some damage to our equipment in this course. Installing software on these machines is not permitted, and may lead to disciplinary action.
I will forever be continuing to build this class as we go. If you do not make attendance in class (and open lab) a priority, you will not do well in this course. I can't stress this enough. You knew when this class met when you signed up for it, so you have no excuse short of illness, death in the family etc. Please do everything you can to attend all classes.
Enrollment of District/College/Department Employees and their friends and relativesAre you a district employee, relative of a district employee or otherwise have a personal relationship with the instructor, instructors college etc? Please let the instructor know immediately so he can inform the district of any potential "enrollement irregularities".
Withdrawing From Class
If you "disappear" without informing me, you will be withdrawn with a "W". I will only assign an "F" if you have attended the majority of the class, and you request that grade. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are properly withdrawn, or ask for a grade, if that is your wish.
Change In Class Refund PolicyBeginning Spring 2008, students will be charged tuition and fees when dropped from classes after the 100% refund period (whether through the purge process for non-payment or instructor removal for failure to attend).
Requesting your final Grade Early
In accordance with FERPA (Federal education records privacy act) I can only give out grades to the student who earned them. So, if you want to request your grade by email (because you just will die if you have to wait for it to be available online ;), it MUST be done via the campus email system (firstname.lastname@example.org). Requests from any other email will be ignored.
Check the college catalog for official school policies. Again, I don't expect this to be a problem, but if it does become a problem, I'll push for the most severe punishment the administration allows. Remember, using more than 4 words in a row without quoting (and including a source) is plagiarism.
Cell Phones, Pagers
These have become a horrendous problem of late. ALL cell phones should be turned off during class time. You will get at most one warning. After that, I may consider either taking points away, or if it continues, withdrawing you from the class. You can live for a couple of hours without your phones (Just 3-4 years ago, hardly anyone had these blasted things, and yet civilization didn't collapse, so you can live without it for an hour or two). There may be periodic breaks for you to go outside and call if you need to do so. Pagers should be put on vibrate, but only if they are quiet when they buzz. Note, anyone actually ANSWERING the phone in class will be asked to leave immediately, and not to come back that day, or possibly ever.
Students who violated the disciplinary standards of MCC (2006 college catalog) will be removed from class, and if appropriate, withdrawn. Misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action falls into the general areas of:
General Standards Governing Use of Maricopa County Community
College District Computer Resources Handbook:
Maricopa's computing resources specifically prohibits: "Transmitting, storing or receiving data, or otherwise using computer resources in a manner that would constitute a violation of state or federal law, including (but not limited to) obscenity, defamation, threats, harassment and theft.
Violations of ANY provisions of the Standards, which are detailed in the Handbook, could result in immediate termination of a user's access to Maricopa's computing resources, as well as appropriate disciplinary or legal action.
Sexual Harassment Policy for Employees and Students
The policy of the Maricopa Community Colleges is provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and/or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment as defined and otherwise prohibited by local, state and federal law.
Sexual harassment by and between employees, students, employees and students, and campus visitors and students or employees is prohibited by this policy.
Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employees, sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion for students, and appropriate sanctions against campus visitors.
This policy is subject to constitutionally protected speech rights and principles of academic freedom. Questions about this policy may be directed to the Maricopa Community Colleges Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Office.
MCC complies with the ADA. Anyone who needs special accommodations should let the instructor and disability services know immediately to insure you have full and adequate opportunities to succeed in this course .
Mesa Community College is committed to the success of all our students. Numerous campus support services are available throughout your academic journey to assist you in achieving your educational goals. MCC has adopted an Early Alert Referral System (EARS) as part of a student success initiative to aid students in their educational pursuits. Faculty and Staff participate by alerting and referring students to campus services for added support. Students may receive a follow up call from various campus services as a result of being referred to EARS. Students are encouraged to participate, but these services are optional. Early Alert Web Page with Campus Resource Information can be located at: http://www.mesacc.edu/students/ears
Laptops in ClassYou are welcome to use your laptop in class. You may not be able to plug it in where you want to, and may have to sit at the edges of class if you need power. You must NOT unplug the classroom computers, nor unplug the ethernet cables to use for your laptop. Too many people are disconnecting our machines and making things difficult for the other classes.
Course Management Website (WebCT)We use WebCT to do discussions, turn in assignments and send you your grades. You need to make sure your WebCT account is working, and that you know how to use it. I will explain things in class, and am more than willing to help out in lab, by email and so on, so please be pro-active and keep on top of your WebCT assignments.
Additional Warnings about use of web server provided by classYou MUST put your assignments on a machine that I have full access too, and as I do not want to have to keep track of a billion passwords, that means you need to put them up on the server space provided. I'll make sure you know how to move them off and port them to their permanent home before the end of class.
You are not to do anything that knowingly violates copyright, privacy or commerce laws on the machine. DO NOT MAKE any "interface" pages for other sites, especially banks, the IRS or government sites. If my machines are impounded because of YOUR stupidity, I will not only flunk you, try to get you expelled from school, I will also happily hand your information over to the Federal Agents. This is no joke. This is not something you can do "on accident", so JUST DON'T DO IT. If you don't understand what this means, ask me, but most sensible folks wouldn't even think to try something like this.
Murphy's Law of Computers
Things go wrong and will. :) I have put in quite a few hours in the past developing course material. I will continue to put a great number of hours into the course (outside my scheduled hours). I want this to be a fun course, and a very useful one. However, I can't guarantee that everything will work, or that we will be able to do everything. I will do my utmost to test out material and assignments thoroughly before they are passed out, but things happen, web sites disappear, software doesn't work on the new computers, so things will be altered, edited, added and deleted from the above schedule. Changes will be put on the web pages as time permits, but they will be announced in class. Therefore, attendance is crucial.