Welcome to CIT 171 online!
CIT 171 is one of six courses required in order to earn a Certificate of Completion in Web Site Development and credit is transferable to CSU. Please see the CIT Web site (http://www.canyons.edu/cit) for more information on this certificate.
This class is administered in Blackboard, an online classroom management system (CMS).
All students are issued a Blackboard account once enrollment fees for the class are paid. Accounts are created automatically by computer and take one-to-three business days after fees have been recorded. If you do not pay your fees or register by the first class meeting, you will not have been issued a Blackboard username and password and will be unable to access the class until such issues have been resolved.
All aspects of the course, including exams, are administered entirely online. Attendance on campus is not required. The course Syllabus and other important information are available in Blackboard. Blackboard is accessible 24x7, but is occasionally inaccessible during the very early morning hours on weekends so that maintenance can be performed. Students are required to log into Blackboard daily to check announcements and discussion board posts.
IMPORTANT: All students must log into Blackboard during the first week of class and update their personal information profile or you risk being automatically dropped from the class. (Details on how to update your personal information profile are included in the instructions for the first assignment posted within Blackboard.)
Instructions regarding how to log into Blackboard are included in the accompanying document entitled Requirements and Procedures for Online Classes.
This class will not be accessible in Blackboard until February 4, 2013.
The Blackboard URL is http://bb.canyons.edu
Information regarding Blackboard usernames and passwords is available on my Web page (http://www.canyons.edu/CIT/strozer.htm). Please read all the information on my Web page and view all videos posted relevant to CIT 170 and to the use of Blackboard.
All students will be issued web accounts so that homework can be posted to the CIT web server. These accounts will be issued around the third week of the semester, once related basic skills are acquired, and detailed information regarding these accounts will be provided at that time. Uploading homework to the CIT web server and managing web sites remotely is a required, graded component of the class. Homework is not accepted nor graded unless uploaded to the web server and viewable on the Web, except in cases when alternative instructions may be provided.
When sending me e-mail, make sure that you type your course number (170) in the Subject line of your e-mail message or your message will not be routed to the correct mail box and you may not receive a reply. All students are required to have an activated COC e-mail account (i.e., email@example.com) and to use that account exclusively for class-related correspondence.
Hardware and Software Requirements
Since this class is being conducted online, students must possess or have access to the necessary hardware and software to participate. Local students may also use computers in the TLC lab on campus to work or to upload their assignments. The course will be administered in Blackboard, the primary classroom management system used at College of the Canyons. Hardware and software requirements are as follows:
In addition to those requirements cited above, all students taking this course must possess the following:
• Access to a reliable
Internet connection and computer (NOTE: Technical support is not provided
by the instructor)
• An activated COC e-mail address (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Knowledge of how to e-mail, attach documents, and view attachments
• Proficiency with your computer’s operating system
• Proficiency with computer file management (i.e., how to name,
rename, copy, move, delete, nest, navigate,
organize, and archive files and directories, as well as manage paths)
• Proficiency with how to cut, copy, and paste from one document to another
• Proficiency with the Internet, including navigation and how to upload and download resources
• Experience with browser software, including management of plug-ins and how to search online resources
• Effective time management skills
• Good study habits
• Motivation and discipline to work independently
Please visit my Web page for additional information relevant to this course and for an announcement in the event that there are last minute changes regarding our meeting venue.
My Web site URL is: http://www.canyons.edu/CIT/strozer.htm
Blackboard Web site: http://bb.canyons.edu
Textbook author’s web site: http://www.webdevfoundations.net/5e/index.html
The textbook for the course is:
Web Development & Design Foundations With XHTML (5th Edition) by Terry Felke-Morris. Addison Wesley, 2011 (ISBN: 0132122707)
NOTE: This is the FIFTH EDITION of the book, not
the Sixth Edition.
The textbook is also available in a digital version for less cost at www.coursesmart.com and at other online retailers, but there are limitations associated with the digital version that you must understand before purchasing. There are also many web sites, such as www.chegg.com, where one can rent the book chapter-by-chapter.
I look forward to meeting you online and hope that your find the course an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
Alan Strozer, Professor
Computer Information Technology