COM 326 Web Design
SUMMER 2011 (Subject to Change)
May 16, 2011 - June 18, 2011 | Course of Study
Date Topic Assignment  Additional Readings and Support Files
Week 1  (Monday May 16)
Course introduction

Course of study

Basic file structure 


Copyright free resources

Free hosting 


Free Hosting 

Free resources (images, etc)


Link to all of the above sources/inf


*Managing web pages and Setting Web Permissions(By Dr. Bob Stepno)

Simulation: Basic File Structure

Simulation: FTP Interface


Week 1  (Tuesday May 17) 

  Assignment 1 (Google sites) Also- WIX - Free Website
Week 1  (Wednesday May 18)

  Assignment 2 (XHTML)

Introduction to XHTML 

W3C School

W3C website

Bandwidth Calculators 

File Size Calculator

More information about adding an image to an HTML document.

 Converting/downgrading "FreeWebs" to simplt HTML: Tutorial


Week 1 (Thursday May 19)
  Assignment 3 (Dreamweaver - basic site content)

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver - defining a folder/directory - adding links, text, and images 


MP3 Sample Download

Wave Sample Download

.MOV (Quicktime) Sample

Simulation: Embedding External (YouTube) Videos.

RU Ad Club Promo

Week 1  (Friday May 20)      
END of Week 1
Week 2 (Monday May 23)   Assignment 3 Continued History of the Internet and the World Wide Web.  
Week 2 (Tuesday May  24)
  Assignment 4 DW frames | and Tables  
Week 2 (Wednesday May 25)
  Assignment 5 DW layers  
Week 2 (Thursday May 26)
(10/27/ registration for spring/summer classes begin)

Assignment 6 DW CSS


Week 2 (Friday May 27)       
END of Week 2
Week 3 (Monday May 30)  

Working with a CMS (Word Press)

Study Guide
Week 3 (Tuesday May 31)



Working with a CMS (Word Press) Continued



Week 3 (Wednesday June 01)
  DW Templates
Begin working on Final Project
Search Engine Optimization:

Simulation: Optimization using HTML
Free submission to multiple search engines

Google Submission

Yahoo Submission

Free multiple submissions


Week 3 (Thursday June 02) Wrap up assignments Wrap up assignments Wrap up assignments
Week 3 (Friday June 03)       
END of Week 3
Week 4 (Monday June 06) Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011

Final Project: 
Must create an entire web site with a minimum of one main page and five sub pages. The web site final project must be hosted on the student's RU hosting space and at least TWO other hosting servers (ex: Freewebs, GoDaddy, Hostway, Yahoo, Google, Free Servers, a CMS, etc.)
Work on Final Project. 



Final Project 
Design a working website using all of the competencies covered in the course. The site can be for an organization, individual, or business. Students may also create an electronic portfolio that provides evidence of his/her academic coursework, projects, and skills.   
For the portfolio site students will create a folder called "efolio" (lower case) on their "H" drive within the pulic_html folder. 

  1. Content (25pts):
    Use good taste and professionalism in relation to text, images, and subject. 
    The content should be accurate and relative to the website subject or theme.  

  2. Layout (25pts):
    Must be layout consistent with 
    design basic principles. 

  3. Functionality (25pts):
    There should be no broken links and image files sizes should optimized for the web. Applicable video and sound samples should also be optimized for the web.  
    The site should be easily accessible via any web browser at any bandwidth.  

  4. Creativity (25pts):
    Use individual creativity while also utilizing techniques from the course and text.

File should be viewable as a web page from the public_html folder by typing 


*Students who decide to do an electronic portfolio must create a folder within the pulic_html folder (outside of the mstd326 folder) called portfolio. This folder must be defined by Dreamweaver and linked to the main page (index.htm) within the mstd326 folder. 
About electronic portfolios: 

About electronic portfolios 

Northern Illinois University

Examples of electronic portfolios: 

Sample Menu 

An Advertising Sample Portfolio

An Advertising Sample Portfolio (2)

Advertising Sample

Media  Sample

General Sample

Various Samples (Employment)

Ball State University Career Center (Employment)

The Creative Group (Employment)

VA Tech IT program (Academic)

Sample Resumes and Cover Letters:

Resumes and Interviews

The Riley Guide


Week 4 (Tuesday June 07)

Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011



Week 4 (Wednesday June 08)
Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011


Week 4 (Thursday June 09) Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011


Week 4 (Friday June 10)       
END of Week 4
Week 5 (Monday June 13) Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011



Week 5 (Tuesday June 14) Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011



Week 5 (Wednesday June 15) Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011


Week 5 (Thursday June 16) Final Project

DUE BY 06/16/2011



File should be viewable as a web page from the public_html folder by typing 

E-mail URLs  to Your Instructor
Assignment due Thursday June 16, 11:00 AM

The FINAL Project loses a letter grade per day that it is late