Instructor: Prof. Krishnakumar
Textbook: Head First HTML and CSS (2nd edition)
by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman
ISBN: 10: 0596159900
ISBN: 13: 978-0596159900
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm or by appointment

Overview of the Course

This course is about designing webpages using HTML, Cascading Style Sheet, and JavaScript. You will apply many syntax taught during the course to create a wide array of effect on their webpages.

Course Objective

  • Learn HTML 4.01, HTML 5, CSS 2, and CSS 3
  • Create cross-browser webpages
  • Write source code in a widely accepted format
  • Develop error-free HTML, and CSS codes
  • Understand and utilize web developer tools


Evaluation is based on attendance, participation (lab exercises), homeworks, Exams, and a final project.

  • Attendance: 5%
  • Participation/lab Exercises:: 15%
  • Homeworks: 25%
  • Exam (2): 30%
  • Project(1): 25%

The final is NOT an exam instead it is a project. In case of medical or other emergency, with proper written documentation, a makeup exam will be given. Otherwise, missed exam earns a zero which goes into the final average.

Guidelines for CIS 228

A successful education is generally a prerequisite for a successful career. Success in college and graduate school, in turn, requires an immense amount of work and effort by each student, for each course, with each course having its own particular demands. Love of learning, discovery of new ideas, as well as the self-discovery of the power within each individual which is unlocked when one discovers a new way to think are related to concepts which are the true goals of a university education. These can be quite enjoyable, but also quite challenging. A joint effort between student and professor is required. To this end the following guidelines have been devised.

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to come to class every session; attendance will be taken. If for any reason a student must be absent or come late, it is incumbent upon the student to find out all course material covered, and study it, as well as all announcements and any other material covered or mentioned. To this end, students are encouraged to introduce themselves to other students and exchange names, addresses, and phone numbers.
  2. Computers should be used only to do course related work. Social networking sites, games sites, and other similar sites are not tolerated during class. If found visiting those site, 15 pt penalty will apply on exam.
  3. Questions are encouraged by the instructor. Students must raise hands to ask or answer questions relevant to the subject. No student should say anything that will embarrass another student or make others hesitant to ask questions. Questions may be taken during class or privately, during office hours, with the instructor. Remember these two concepts:
    1. The only stupid question is the question that is not asked
    2. An embarrassed person cannot learn
  4. As ideas are only introduced in the classroom, but learned by self-discovery when doing homeworks, doing homeworks is imperative. As a rule of them, students are expected to spend at least as many hours outside the classroom as inside the classroom doing homeworks, reviewing old lessons, and previewing the next. Less time is not sufficient, even if, at first glance, it may seem so. Students are expected to have the self-awareness, honesty, and maturity to allocated this much time and to forego other activities, such as watching television, in order to insure adequate time for homeworks, lesson review, and lesson preview.
  5. Student must behave in a mature and courteous fashion at all times. Students must also take full responsibility for doing all assignments and being honest with themselves to ask questions or get help if something is not understood. Homeworks should be placed in DropBox no later than the due date. It is compulsory upon each student to understand all the homeworks thoroughly. Any homework which a student cannot do should be asked in the next class. If not asked, it is assumed that a student can do it, and students will be held responsible. Any student who is honest enough to do all the homeworks and to ask when having trouble will have no trouble getting an "A". Only students who fail to follow these guidelines will have trouble in the course.
  6. Many exam questions will be strongly based upon lectures, and homeworks. Examinations or any work handed in must be done honestly, and students must behave in a fashion that is above suspicion. Any suspicious behavior (such has talking during a exams, even if it is to borrow a pen or pencil) is not acceptable and will result in failure from the course.
  7. Students should contact their instructor directly at any time (rather than the office) if they have any questions or problems relating to the course. Questions may be taken in class or privately out of class, at the discretion of the instructor. Those wishing appointments should send an e-mail to Office hours will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in class.
  8. Students will be provided with a tentative schedule of what the course will cover as well as id-form which must be signed legibly in ink and returned to the instructor. Signing the id-form is equivalent to accepting all the guidelines of this course.
  9. The instructor reserves the right to add to, amend, or change these guidelines, syllabus, or procedures at any time, if, at her discretion, it is in the best interests of achieving the education goals for the course.