Fall 2015 Common Syllabus

There are two primary aspects to this course. The first is learning how to build websites and prepare the various elements that comprise them. The second is understanding the concepts behind computers in general and the Web in particular.

Lecture Topics

  • Computer principles
  • Operating systems and the Unix command line
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Image editing with Photoshop
  • Wireframing with InDesign
  • Responsive Web design
  • Animation
  • Web frameworks
  • Web audio and video
  • Scalable vector graphics
  • Web hosting and domain names


Your greatest reward is the knowledge and experience that you receive by taking the course. You will also receive a grade based on the following rubric.

  • Assignments: 40%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 35%

Required Textbook

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
Jon Duckett
ISBN: 978-1-118-00818-8

Optional Textbook

Photoshop CC: Visual Quickstart Guide (2015 release)
Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
ISBN: 978-0-134-30889-0


Tutors will be available throughout the semester at the following times. For the month of September, during the day they will be in WWH 426; after 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays they will be in WWH 412. As of October 7, tutoring will be held in the new LaGuardia Co-op, located at 539-541 LaGuardia Place.

  • Monday: 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Rachel A.), 2:00–6:30 p.m. (Keyian), 5:00–8:00 p.m. (Dennis)
  • Tuesday: 2:00–6:00 p.m. (Rachel C.), 5:00–8:00 p.m. (Dennis)
  • Wednesday: 9:00–11:00 a.m. (Rachel C.), 1:00–3:00 p.m. (Keyian), 2:30–5:30 p.m. (Rachel A.), 5:00–9:00 p.m. (Dennis)
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (Rachel C.), 5:30–9:00 p.m. (Keyian)
  • Friday: 11:00–2:30 p.m. (Rachel A.)

Academic support is also available through the University Learning Center.

Course Sections

i6 Account

In addition to your NYU Home Account, we will be using a special computer account on a Unix Web server which will be assigned to you automatically based on your enrollment. This is called an “i6” account and we will use it to host our websites. Common questions about i6 accounts are answered on this FAQ page. If you forget your i6 password and would like to reset it, go to this page for instructions on how to do so.


Macintosh computers with all of the necessary software installed are available to you in the ITS labs. You do not need your own computer nor do you need to purchase any software. However, you will be learning how to use various programs and may wish to have access to them at home or on your laptop. In this case, you must purchase your own license or use a trial version, which is sometimes available from the publisher. You can download software provided by ITS to all students, including SFTP programs, by going to the ITS software page.

Computer Labs

The main computer lab to use for this class is the LaGuardia Co-op. There are other labs on campus, but this is also where tutors will be available to meet with you. The LaGuardia Co-op is located at 539-541 LaGuardia Place.