Syllabus

Prerequisite:
28
Time:
TTR 9:00 - 11:50
Location:
4220
Office Hours:
Chandler: Thur 12-2
Yoon: Tues & Thur 1-2

Description

This course will introduce students to the World Wide Web as a medium.
Originating from efforts to create a standardized information-retrieval
system, the WWW developed into a broadcast media, a shopping mall, a communication
platform, and an environment for personal expression. Although this class
offers a wide range of workshops dealing with web technologies, it focuses
on conceptual and aesthetic aspects of designing for the web. Creative
projects and exercises will be developed throughout the course by utilizing
the various skills acquired in class in the service of perception and
communication.

Web technologies are constantly and rapidly changing. By focusing on the
concepts behind those technologies, the acquired skills working with XHTML,
CSS, and Javascript will be transferable to future contexts.
The course wishes to develop the vocabulary necessary to speak to developers,
to present and discuss Web projects, and to pursue individual research.
During the quarter students will have the opportunity to complete a series
of exercises, analyze and discuss Web projects, and present a
research report.

Evaluation

Use a text editor to complete all exercises and projects.
The structure of the HTML code will be a part of the evaluation.
All assignments must work as designed in Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer
and must use valid XHTML.
Remember, these are both design and technical exercises and
projects will be evaluated based on their originality, aesthetic
and conceptual qualities.

All exercises must be completed in order to pass the course. Late assignments
will reduce the assignment’s grade by one unit (A -> A-) each day. Exercises
are only considered as complete when they are accessible from the course
website.

More than two
absences without the instructor’s permission, before the class meetings,
will decrease your overall grade by one letter grade for each additional missed class.
Three times running late will be considered as one unexcused absence.

Grading

30%
Exercises
30%
Projects
20%
Student Blog
15%
Presentation
5%
Participation and Attendance

Required Readings

  • Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman: Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. O’Reilly Media, 2005.
  • In-class handouts including selections from Manuel Castells’ The Internet Galaxy,
    Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics,
    Hubert Dreyfus’ On the Internet,
    and others.
  • Khoi Vinh Grids are Good. Subtraction.com, 2007.

Recommended Readings

  • Sergio Cicconi, Hypertextuality.
  • Greene, Rachel: Internet Art. New York: Thames & Hudson world of art, 2004.