Introduction

Welcome to Graphic Design 66 – Online – Spring 2011

Graphic Design 66 – Web Design 2
Section numbers: 2234
Units: 3
Prerequisites: Graphic Design 64 (or Entertainment Technology 37), and Graphic Design 65
Location: online
Day and Time: online

Instructor Information

Instructor name: Jamie Cavanaugh
Email address: cavanaugh_jamie@smc.edu
Website: www.jamiecavanaugh.com
Office phone number: (310) 434.3767
Office location: AET #227-B
Office hours:
Mondays: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesdays: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Thursdays: 12:55pm – 1:55pm

Please note that you you will use this site along with the following resources

For grades, dropbox, and class discussions
smconline.org

Class notes and additional resources:
www.classes.jamiecavanaugh.com/grdes66online

My name is Jamie Cavanaugh and I’m your instructor for the next six weeks. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you online and working on several web assignments together. Please be aware that Graphic Design 66 is normally a sixteen week class so this eight week class contains a lot of information in a short period of time. It’s important that you keep up with the assignments and projects or you may find it difficult to catch up. By the end of eight weeks you’ll know how to design, build, and post a web site live to the internet. I remember the first web site I posted live to a server and it’s very exciting seeing your work live on the internet. I hope you will find it as exciting as I did (and still do!)

Note: For any students who have taken ET 14 — “ET14 Web Design 1″ and has been changed to GrDes66 Web Design 2.” If any of you have already taken ET 14 please note that Gr Des 66 is the same class. For those of you who have completed ET 14 (or Gr Des 66), the next class in the series of web design classes is “Gr Des 67 Web Design 3.” I’m not sure when Gr Des 67 will be offered. Also, note the prerequisites for this class are: Graphic Design 65 and Graphic Design 64 (or Entertainment Technology 37). If you have not completed these two classes first, you may not take Graphic Design 66.

Please take the time to read through the overview below and walk through the following steps. I have outlined the “3 things you need to do right away,” class responsibilities, and prerequisites for this class.

Reminder, please remember to introduce yourself in the discussion area so I know you have “attended” class.

3 things you need to do right away

1. Review the technical requirements for this class. You can access the information on the smconline.org site. The technical requirements information can be accessed from the left hand navigation on the smconline.org site. Be sure you meet the technical requirements stated and you understand who to contact if you have any questions or need assistance.

2. Review the eCollege interface on the smconline.org site for GrDes66 class. Become familiar with the interface for the class site and learn how to navigate to all the sections. Note you will do the following activities on the smconline.org site:

Top navigation:
Gradebook: I’ll post your grades here
Drop Box: Hand-in assignments
Journal: This is where I will post notes regarding your assignments
Left hand navigation:
Syllabus: Note: the class syllabus is located on www.classes.jamiecavanaugh.com/grdes66online site
Side navigation:
Discussion:
Class discussions. Note the pull down menu under “Select a topic,” be sure to select the correct topic for your question.

In addition to the smconline.org site, we will also be using a companion site I’ve created for this class, please review the www.classes.jamiecavanaugh.com/grdes66online web site. Be sure to review the syllabus right away and browse through the rest of the site. Note you will access the following resources here. :

Class notes: Notes for every class will be posted here
Introduction:
Important information about class
Syllabus
: Class syllabus (subject to changes)
Assignments
: Due dates for assignments
Tutorials
: YouTube class tutorials and other tutorial videos
FTP info: Information on how to FTP files to the server
Resources: Web sites and links to important information and resources
FAQ: Frequently asked questions
About Jamie: Information about me

(I suggest when you are working in this class to keep two browser windows open, one with the smconline.org site and the other with the  www.classes.jamiecavanaugh.com/grdes66online web site open.)

3. Introduce yourself using the Discussion > Introduce Yourself thread located on smconline.org site

Class responsibilities

Every week you will be responsible for:

1. Reading the class notes located at the www.classes.jamiecavanaugh.com/grdes66online site. The new class notes for the week will be posted on Monday mornings.

2. Completing any exercises or assignments for the week and uploading to Drop box on the smconline.org. All assignments are due by Monday morning of the week they are due.

3. Participating in the class discussions on smconline.org. I will post new topics to discuss and expect all students to participate in the class discussions.

When you have questions about the class, I ask you to please post the question in the Discussion area on the smconline.org site. If you have a very specific question about your assignment or project, you can attend my “live chat” office hours and I can answer any questions you have.

If you need to email me about something you’d like to remain private, you may email me at cavanaugh_jamie@smc.edu.

Prerequisites

1. The prerequisites for this class are: Graphic Design 65 (Web Design 1) and Graphic Design 64 (Digital Imaging for Design) OR Entertainment Technology 37 (Digital Imaging for Design 1). If you have not completed these two classes first, you may not take Graphic Design 66.

2. You need to be familiar with the Mac or PC you are working on. It is beyond the scope of this class for me to provide help with general computer questions.

3. I will be using Dreamweaver CS5 and Photoshop CS5 in this class. You will need both Dreamweaver and Photoshop for this class. If you are not using version CS5, be sure you are not using a version older than Dreamweaver CS3, and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

4.
You must know how to download files from a web page, know how to create a zip file, and learn how to use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to transfer files to a server. I will give you detailed instructions on how to use FTP. Please be sure you review the instructions and are able to perform these activities.

5. You must already possess Photoshop skills and be familiar with the application for this class. At the very least, you need to know how to work with layers, the text tool, and place and move content in a Photoshop file. Providing Photoshop instruction is beyond the scope of this class.

6. You must already possess basic HTML skills and know how to construct a basic web page. You should have had HTML basics in Gr Des 65 or already know basic HTML.

Lastly, but also very important. Note there is a book required for this class:

Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques (How-Tos) (Paperback) by David Karlins (Author)