Spring 2009 Syllabus
CIS324-01, Monday and Wednesday
8:00a-9:20a in Alger 101
Instructor: Richard W. Evans
Campus Office: Alger 229
Home Office 401-946-6900
Messages can be left at the voice number. If you get my voice mail, please leave your message or question. I will be available before class in the classroom to answer questions or lend assistance. In case of bad weather call 456-9500 for a recorded message.
Computer literacy, ability to use a PC keyboard and mouse, experience with the Windows XP environment and successful completion of CIS251or its equivalent.
Students will be able to analyze, design and develop solutions to business problems using XHMTL, CSS, Microsoft Expression Web, and the Internet.
Students will have a basic understanding of computer hardware and software and their interrelationship.
Students will have a basic understanding of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 technologies and be able to access the Internet using Internet Explorer as well setting up Web Hosting and Publish Web site to the Internet.
Students will be able to develop Web solutions using Microsoft Expression Web for businesses and communicate these effectively, in both oral and written form.
Students will have a basic level of competency in logic skills.
Expect a lecture on new material each session following the textbook as outlined in the calendar below. Since assignments and quizzes must be completed outside of the regular weekly class, students should expect to spend from four to eight hours per week using the computer labs or their own equipment at home. This includes the time needed for study, reading and review of the text and review of notes taken during class.
All class material will be available through WebCT (a learning management system) at Rhode Island College. The focus will be on current technology to deliver this material. WebCT will be extensively used to deliver course materials, distribute and collect assignments, and administer exams.
It is my intention to familiarize you with the software products used during the course. This process will follow a brief orientation on the use of WebCT. It is assumed you are familiar with the Windows XP operating system and the management of files including the creation of folders and methods to backup your data. You will be expected to have (and bring to class) removable media that will allow you backup course materials such as a USB flash drive or a CD-R/RW disk. You must be able to keep a copy of everything turned in to me in case something is wrong with what you have submitted.
Assignments will be found on WebCT. You are expected to copy these to your disk (your campus home directory, a USB flash drive or a CD-R/RW) or to print them out. This will be explained in an initial class.
When using labs outside of class time, you will find that Lab Monitors are employed in the labs to control usage of the equipment. In general, they do not know how to run the software with which you will be working. In that regard, they will not be in a position to answer technical questions. If I am not available to answer questions, there are consultants available during the day in Horace Mann, User Services. There are no open labs in Alger; use Horace Mann and Whipple 102 labs.
Although the text is quite thorough, attendance in the classroom will be critical for you to learn about these applications. Some of the learning experience however will entail your concentrated effort with the computer -- learning by trying, and by making mistakes. Class meetings will involve presentation of new materials and discussion of prior work. For each of the applications, there will be assignments to be completed by you. Most of these assignments are to be completed outside of the regular class times. In addition, in class lab assignments will be given where you will do the work with the instructor in attendance to provide assistance.
I encourage the tendency for "group study"; and to make sure that each of you does in fact get familiar with the materials, I plan to give two hands on exams. The exams will be on the lab computers and open book. The results will be turned in through WebCT and/or on removable media.
The School of Management is committed to the enhancement of writing skills as a means to equip its business graduates. Therefore, all assignments will be graded on spelling and grammar. I will take up to 10 points off for spelling errors and poor grammar on all assignments. If you have difficulty in this area, I suggest having someone else proofread your work before handing it in. OASIS can help in this area -- http://www2.ric.edu/oasis/
WebCT by Blackboard
You will be expected to access the WebCT Learning Management System at RIC. Lectures will be posted on the WebCT site after each lecture is given. Exams, quizzes, and assignments will be found on WebCT. An FAQ page and a number of White Papers will answer many of your questions about the course and using WebCT. You are expected to check into WebCT daily to retrieve emails and access the information I will make available to you. The following links may be useful to get to know WebCT:
Logging in Issues http://www2.ric.edu/uss/webct_logonTrouble.php
WebCT FAQs http://www2.ric.edu/uss/webct_studentFaq.php
The Student Toolbox is another great source of WebCT material and other information about technology and other RIC information. http://www.ric.edu/studenttoolbox
The URL to access WebCT directly is
http://webct.ric.edu:8900 OR you can open
> Online Services > WebCT. I suggest you bookmark the link for easy access on
To use WebCT, be sure to have pop-up blockers turned off. The browser you use is important and IE6 or better works well. There is an option on WebCT to check your browser for compatibility and I suggest you do the check before using it. We will be using IE7 in class.
I plan to assign a number of homework and in class lab assignments which will be considered in your grade. Each carries a weight of 100 points. Additional homework and extra credit work may be assigned and will be averaged in to the overall homework grade. The homework grade average cannot exceed 100 points.
I take points off for spelling errors and poor
grammar on all assignments. If you have difficulty in this area, I suggest
having someone else proofread your work before handing it in.
All assignments are due before class on the due date. Turing in an assignment during class may result in an automatic zero. If a late submission date is assigned to an assignment, it is due at 11:00 pm on that date. In general, any assignment will either be done correctly or not (100 or 0 points). However, the following might occur for the reasons given.
I may elect to return an assignment to you with a RESUBMIT or FIX request. I expect you to correct the problems and return the assignment as an email attachment by 11:00 pm on the requested date for an increased grade, otherwise your grade on the assignment will be as given. If I have not requested for you to fix the assignment you will not be re-graded even if you do so on your own. A grade of 90 or better (will not result in a fix request. Late submissions will not be eligible for fixing. Fixes must be done by the date listed in the grade comments--no exceptions. Failure to show up at class because you are working on your assignment in the Lab or working on and submitting during class will result in a 0 for the assignment -- easily determined by the time you submit your work..
All grades are posted weekly on WebCT. This will be explained in class.
In addition to the assignments, there will be quizzes to take through WebCT for each chapter in the book. These will count for 20% of your grade and will be taken in class. Practice quizzes will be available for study.
Lab assignments will be given for the lab session each week. These are done in class and are worth 100 points each. Lab work completed at home will receive up to the 100 points. Lab work done at home instead of coming to class will receive no more than 70 points.
Two exams will be given that will count for 30% of your grade. You will be required to use XHTML for the first exam and Expression Web for the second. Relative to exams, my make-up policy is that you may make-up only one missed exam; and the arrangements for that make-up must be made no later than the next class meeting. The last exam cannot be made up.
There will be a final project incorporating material covered during the entire course that counts for 30% of your grade. It will be completed as an individual project with a class presentation due by the end of the semester.
The Participation grade is made up of attendance at both sessions each week, the practice quizzes, completing the work in the textbook, case studies assigned from the book, and any other 1 credit assignments.
The grade of A is awarded to those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in all regular assignments and have participated in class and in any extra credit assignments that may be handed out.Class Participation:
New students will be accepted into the class up to the final add date if there is room in the class. However, all work assigned since the first class period is due when due. Exceptions will not be made for late arrivals. Any quizzes or exams given during the missed classes may not be made up. The responsibility is on the student to find out what was missed and catch up by getting the lecture material from anther student or from files that might be posted on the school computers.
Requests to withdraw from this class after the drop period has ended will not be granted.
|21-Jan||Introduction to course, WebCT, History and review of the Internet, and HTML|
|26-Jan||Building a Web Page using XHTML and CSS|
|2-Feb||Finding a Host Site|
|Publishing a Web Site|
|9-Feb||Exam 1 XHTML|
|23-Feb||Working with Text||2|
|2-Mar||Using CSS to Format Pages||3|
|Front Page Components|
|GIF Animator& Flash|
|13-Apr||Forms & Publishing||8|
|27-Apr||Exam 2 Expression Web|
|4-May||Final Project Presentations|
Typically, one class each week will consist of a hands on lecture. The other class will be a graded lab session to practice the material. Participation is required in both the lecture and lab portions of each class. Scheduled quizzes will occur at the beginning of a scheduled lab class. On exam days, the entire time will be devoted to the exam.
The semester begins Tuesday, January 20th and ends Monday, May 4th.
March 9-13 Spring Break