Lesson 1 - Course Introduction
homework due this week
WELCOME to CIS 58.54 and CIS 58.55. These courses have several unique
elements; working with clients
from the community, developing the Web site as a team, and
meeting both online and in the classroom.
I will address each of these issues in this lesson.
During the traditional
meetings we will discuss how the project is progressing and
introduce the next development phase. Online weeks will be
spent creating elements of the project, meeting with the
client and working with your teammates.
Since a great deal of the communication will take place as
email students are required to check their email daily during
the week M-F. This course requires students to work independently,
meet deadlines, and work effectively with others. If you
are confused about an assignment or your role on the team
please contact your instructor. The ideal student is
one who is highly motivated, hard working,
able to meet deadlines, communicates effectively, solves
and is flexible enough to change when needed.
Both CIS 58.54 and CIS 58.55 are practical hands on courses
where students create a complex
Web site for a non-profit agency in the community. Topics
planning and producing a Web site, creating a Web proposal,
storyboard and timeline creation, workflow management, contracts,
bidding, content development, communication strategies, effective
teamwork, client relations, time-saving production techniques,
site promotion strategies and Web site maintenance options.
Students will work in teams of 2-5 to develop a Web site
a client to be provided by their instructor.
Our primary goals is to give you a chance to apply your Web
design and programming skills to a "real life" situation.
Not only will you expand your knowledge of HTML, Photoshop,
Java, etc. you will have an opportunity to learn how you
react within a group, deal with designing for a client, handle
deadlines and adapt to change. Many students express an interest
in Web development and wonder if it would be a viable career
change for them. After taking this course - you will know
a lot more about yourself and the industry so you can answer
In speaking with employers they often state that the "soft
skills" - communication, problem solving cooperation,
reliability and ability to accept change, are more valuable
then the technical skills such as HTML, Perl, JAVA, etc. So
with a few technical skills in hand we approach this adventure
and hope to all learn and grow.
One unique aspect of the course is that we meet both in the
traditional classroom and online. To help you understand
what is discussed each week, who attends, and what is due
visit the schedule
of class meetings page .
Another important element of the course is the class mailing
list. When you complete the check in part 2 you are automatically
to the class mailing list. This is a valuable communication
tool and support system, to post to the list send email to
As we begin this 18 week adventure I have created an overview
of the Web Development cycle which should help you understand
how the web ite is created and what each person's role is .
Pleaase read over the Web Development
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Non-profit organizations in Sonoma County have been contacted
as potential clients for the class. I have met with them
reviewed the requirements for participating in the program.
Since we are providing them with a Web site at no cost, they
need to provide us with their time, site content, feedback
There is a list
of clients we will be working with this semester. Read
through it and select your top 3 groups. When you fill out
the check in part 2 form you will
be choosing team roles and selecting clients you are willing
to work with.
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I have found it is best if the team members adopt roles and
areas of responsibility. Groups that adopt the policy of "we
will all work on everything together" are usually ineffective.
Listed below are the typical group roles.
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To Do List for the Week
You need to complete the check in form for the class. This
is a 2 part assignment which requires you to create a password
and then introduce yourself to the class. Both of these online
forms are found on the homework
page.This assignment should be completed by 1/21.
I will assign teams on Sunday.
2. Once the teams are assigned the Project Manager will
send a welcome message to all team members asking for contact
information and schedules.
3. Each team member should review the client information
to better understand their client. If the client has a
web site, visit it and review the content. Next visit the Introduction
of Students. page, read about your new teammates, visit
their web sites if they have included URLs in their introduction.
Content for these teaching materials were developed by Linda Hemenway.
If you have questions or comments on the material I can be contacted through
Web site design by Jessica Hirsch - email@example.com
Funding for these notes provided by Project FIVE and Project
PICTS supervised by Doug Garrison - Dean of the Petaluma Center.
This course is a core requirement for several Web Development Certificates.
Learn more at the Web Certification
The CIS Department offers courses in the following areas: computer basics,
applications, graphics, web development, productivity, networking and programming.
Visit the CIS Web site.