Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles


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.

For the common syllabus of all sections of Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles, see this page.

Lecture Topics

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. Tutoring will be held in the LaGuardia Co-op, located at 539-541 LaGuardia Place.

Academic support is also available through the University Learning Center.

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.

Saving Your Work in the Lab

You will be able to save your work in the ITS labs under your NYU Home Account and/or on your own flash drives. Although you can write to the hard disks of the machines in the labs, you cannot be sure that you will have access to the same machine the next time you enter the lab and the drives in the lab are frequently erased. A good option is to upload your files online and download them as needed.