Internet Studio 2

Welcome to ATCM 3335.001 - Internet Studio 2. I am your instructor, Ken Starzer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this course.

Ken Starzer
Arts and Technology

Office hours: by appointment

Course Description

This course will focus on exploring advanced web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, the Document Object Module (DOM) and JavaScript and other web technologies. You will have the opportunity to find your niche in the vast arena of web development.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

  Build sites based on web standards and using human-centered design

  Create dynamic interactions using jQuery and JavaScript

  Critique web designs based on design principles rather than feelings or hunches

What I Expect of You

  • Attend all classes
  • All assignments need to be completed on time
  • All students need to participate individually and as a contributing member of the class, especially in sharing discoveries with one another

Classroom Conduct

  • Students are to focus their attention on the subjects at hand in the classroom, i.e., lectures, presentations, discussions, and set aside all other activities.
  • All open communication (talking) should be relevant to the subject at hand and have value to the class as a whole.
  • Competitiveness between students will be friendly and encouraging at all times.
  • All other rules of behavior will be discussed and agreed to by the class on the first day

Attendance and Tardy Policy — Attendance is mandatory. Lack of attendance will affect your grade because absences will not only leave holes in understanding of the lesson contents but also degrade the benefit to other students in regard to discussions and work sessions. Coming to class late or leaving early will also be counted as absences without prior approval from the instructor.
Late assignments — Assignments not turned in on time (7:00pm on the due date) will be docked 1.0 point (i.e., from 2.3 to 1.3). Assignments not turned in by 7:00pm one week after the due date will receive a 0.


Because this course builds on concepts learned week-to-week, it’s important that you participate individually and collectively to insure that everyone has a successful learning experience. You’ll be evaluated on:

  • Attendance,
  • Participation in class,
  • Assignments, and
  • Quality of work completed from week to week.

Assignments will be discussed throughout the course, with specific requirements spelled out.

Grading Scale

A 91-100 Excellent
B 81-90 Above Average
C 71-80 Average
D 61-70 Poor
F 0-60 Failing

Grading Weights

20 points Attendance (15 at 1.3 points each)
30 points Assignments (13 at 2.3 points each)
20 points Midterm Project
30 points Final Project & Presentation

Required Supplies

  • Purchase of domain and hosting web space ($10/month or $100/year)
  • High-capacity USB flash drive or online storage media like Dropbox.
  • Sketchbook or moleskine

Course Outline

Jan 9 – Jan 16
2 weeks
Introductions and Review
Intros, syllabus, overview, goals, expectations, supplies, etc.
Review foundations of HTML and CSS
Jan 23 - Feb 6
3 weeks
Web Standards & Javascript
Week 1   Advanced HTML5 and CSS3/Introduction to JavaScript
Week 2   The Grammar of Javascript
Week 3   JS Logic and Control
Feb 13 – Mar 6
4 weeks
Week 1   Falling in Love with jQuery
Week 2   jQuery Events
Week 3   Animations & Effects
Week 4   Common jQuery Tasks
Mar 13
1 week
Spring Break
No Class
Mar 20 – Apr 3
3 weeks
jQuery UI
Week 1   Expanding Your Interface
Midterm Projects Due
Week 2   Customizing the Look of jQuery UI
Week 3   jQuery UI Interactions and Effects
Apr 10 – Apr 17
2 weeks
Advanced jQuery & Javascript
Week 1   Introducing Ajax
Week 2   Building a To-Do List Application
Apr 24 – May 1
2 weeks
Wrap-Up and Final Project Presentations
Week 1   Lab Time for Projects
Week 2   Final Project Presentations


Text Editors

FTP Clients

Developer Extras

  • Web Developer Toolbar - Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
  • Firebug - allows you to edit and debug CSS, HTML, and JavaScript on a liveweb page.
  • Colorzilla - Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer

The Big Projects

Design/Redesign a non-profit website 20 Points

Usually, non-profit organizations are in most need of assistance in communicating their goals. Redesign any non-profit organization's website. They do not have to know that you are redesigning their website.

You can find many non-profit organizations on the North Texas Giving Day website.

Semester Project & Presentation 30 Points

You will form groups to create a rich, interactive experience using a combination of html, css & jQuery. Groups may include the following team members:

  • Front-end designer (HTML, CSS)
  • Back-end designer (JavaScript, MySQL)
  • User experience, interaction designer
  • Usability analyst

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