Spring 2020 ITLS-5265-LO1 XL Syllabus

00  Syllabus - ITLS 5265/6265

Course Description

ITLS 5265 and 6265 is the Internet Development Course offered by the ITLS department at USU.  It is a course that will teach you very marketable skills. If you apply yourself and work hard it could be the thing that gets you that job.  


PLEASE NOTE 2020:   

As you have noticed there is no textbook for this course. We use available online resources to learn.  As such we have not control over which resources change or no longer exist.  As such over the past few months one of the resources used went from free to paid.  Your Instructor has worked to find additional free resources and incorporate them in the course.  This is an ongoing process.


VIDEO QUIZZES:  Your instructor is going to try a couple of quizzes embedded in videos that you are required to watch.  This will be experimental this semester. Points will count as long as the technology works.



Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Create the structure of a website using HTML
  2. Publish your web site to the world wide web using a hosting account
  3. Style your website to give it a professional look using CSS
  4. Set-up a hosting account an apply a domain
  5. Demonstrate how to make a website responsive
  6. Install Wordpress and apply a theme to it
  7. Install, activated, and configure plugins and widgets
  8. Create and update menus in Wordpress 
  9. Create a form using HTML and CSS and connect it to a CGI script to receive and post data
  10. Create a professional looking website using Wordpress. 


Instructor: Kevin Reeve
Office: DE313
Phone: 435.797.0783
Cell: 435.770.0220

Office Hours:  Mondays Noon - 1:00 PM

I am happy to meet you at other times.  Simply text me or send an email and  we can work something out. For those of you taking the online version of this course, we can do a screen share through WebEx to look at any coding issues you are having.  Please reach out if you need help.  


Getting Help

If you run into issues of things not working and after 1 hour of working on it and not being able to figure it out,  that is the time to reach out and get help.  



Course Resources

There are many videos created by the instructor, and many resources online that will be used for this class. 

Course Requirements

Each student who enrolls in this course will have and/or agree to the following:

  1. Have access to a Mac or Windows computer in good operating condition with speakers or headphones to listen to audio.  
  2. Have access to the internet to complete assignments and use Canvas.
  3. Set Canvas alerts to alert you of announcements made in the class.
  4. Start early to complete assignments on time. Late work is not accepted or graded. 
  5. Be prepared to spend time troubleshooting when things do not work.  It is expected that you will need to do this.  


This course assumes no prior experience with HTML or CSS.  However you must have reasonable troubleshooting skills.  In other words you can usually figure things out when they do not work, or are willing to spend at least an hour trying to figure out why something is not working.  You must be highly comfortable in using the computer you have, understand file and folder management and about file extensions.  (The stuff after the "dot" in a file name)


Evaluation Methods and Criteria

Assignments, Quizzes, and Projects are how you will be evaluated for this course.  


ASSIGNMENTS:  Assignments are due Tuesday nights by 11:59 PM. You should plan 3-5 hours each week to work on assignments and complete course materials and hands-on learning activities.  Late assignments are not accepted and will be given a 0 for a grade.  See the section on Life Tokens.   A bonus for reading the syllabus.  

There are:

14 assignments 10 points each

3 Quizzes  various points 2 - 10 points each quiz.  

1 Final Quiz 20 points

1 Midterm Project 25 points

1 Final Project 50 points

Grade Scheme

The following grading standards will be used in this class:

Grade Range
A 100 % to 93.0%
A- < 93.0 % to 90.0%
B+ < 90.0 % to 87.0%
B < 87.0 % to 83.0%
B- < 83.0 % to 80.0%
C+ < 80.0 % to 77.0%
C < 77.0 % to 73.0%
C- < 73.0 % to 70.0%
D+ < 70.0 % to 67.0%
D < 67.0 % to 60.0%
F < 59.0 % to 0.0%


Life Happens Tokens

Crazy things happen in college life.  Your instructor recognizes it.  For this reason you are given the opportunity to use the Life Happens twice for an assignments only.  If for a Life Happens event you are unable to turn in an assignment, you can turn it in late and still get 50% of the points.   This is good for 10 days past the due date. 

When you want to claim a life happens token (you have 2 of them for the semester) simply turn in your assignment late, and in the assignment comments box in Canvas let me know you want to claim them.  Please note that no explanation is needed.  Nope, just turn it in and claim the token.

Life happen tokens do not apply/work for quizzes, or the final project.  If you run into something that will prevent you from turning in your final project by the due date, you will need to reach out to the instructor.



Course Schedule/Outline

All course due dates are listed in Canvas and the Canvas Schedule.  Let it be your guide.  

Attendance and Excused Absences Policy

On-Campus students taking face-2-face section. You are expected to be in class and participate.  There will be a couple of small group activities you will be asked to participate in.  

Online-Students should log into Canvas at least 3 times in a week to read materials watch videos, and work on assignments. 

Nonattendance Policy

Students May Be Dropped For Nonattendance

If a student does not attend a class during the first week of the term or by the second class meeting, whichever comes first, the instructor may submit a request to have the student dropped from the course. (This does not remove responsibility from the student to drop courses which he or she does not plan to attend.) This option is typically used for classes that are full and the instructor is trying to make a seat available for another student, but may be considered for other courses.  Requests must be made during the first  20 percent of the course and will be considered on an individual student basis. Students who are dropped from courses will be notified by the Registrar's Office through their preferred e-mail account (see 2018-2019 General Catalog).

Assumption of Risk

All classes, programs, and extracurricular activities within the University involve some risk, and certain ones involve travel. The University provides opportunities to participate in these programs on a voluntary basis. Therefore, students should not participate in them if they do not care to assume the risks. Students can ask the respective program leaders/sponsors about the possible risks a program may generate, and if students are not willing to assume the risks, they should not select that program. By voluntarily participating in classes, programs, and extracurricular activities, a student does so at his or her own risk. General information about University Risk Management policies, insurance coverage, vehicle use policies, and risk management forms can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/riskmgt/

Library Services

All USU students attending classes in Logan, at our Regional Campuses, or online can access all databases, e-journals, and e-books regardless of location. Additionally, the library will mail printed books to students, at no charge to them. Students can also borrow books from any Utah academic library. Take advantage of all library services and learn more at libguides.usu.edu/rc.

Classroom Civility.

Utah State University supports the principle of freedom of expression for both faculty and students. The University respects the rights of faculty to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rights requires classroom conditions that do not impede the learning process. Disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in such behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Read Student Code Article V Section V-3 for more information.

University Policies & Procedures

Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibilities

Academic freedom is the right to teach, study, discuss, investigate, discover, create, and publish freely. Academic freedom protects the rights of faculty members in teaching and of students in learning. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Faculty members are entitled to full freedom in teaching, research, and creative activities, subject to the limitations imposed by professional responsibility. Faculty Code Policy #403 further defines academic freedom and professional responsibilities.

Academic Integrity – "The Honor System"

Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. To enhance the learning environment at Utah State University and to develop student academic integrity, each student agrees to the following Honor Pledge:
"I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity."
A student who lives by the Honor Pledge is a student who does more than not cheat, falsify, or plagiarize. A student who lives by the Honor Pledge:

  • Espouses academic integrity as an underlying and essential principle of the Utah State University community;
  • Understands that each act of academic dishonesty devalues every degree that is awarded by this institution; and
  • Is a welcomed and valued member of Utah State University.

Academic Dishonesty

The instructor of this course will take appropriate actions in response to Academic Dishonesty, as defined the University’s Student Code.  Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating: using, attempting to use, or providing others with any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, or in any other academic exercise or activity.  Unauthorized assistance includes:
    • Working in a group when the instructor has designated that the quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity be done “individually;”
    • Depending on the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
    • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, in taking an examination or preparing academic work;
    • Acquiring tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty member, staff member, or another student without express permission;
    • Continuing to write after time has been called on a quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity;
    • Submitting substantially the same work for credit in more than one class, except with prior approval of the instructor; or engaging in any form of research fraud.
  • Falsification: altering or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise or activity.
  • Plagiarism: representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one‘s own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes using materials prepared by another person or by an agency engaged in the sale of term papers or other academic materials.

For additional information go to: ARTICLE VI. University Regulations Regarding Academic Integrity

Sexual Harassment/Title IX

Utah State University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination and to fostering respect and dignity for all members of the USU community. Title IX and USU Policy 339 address sexual harassment in the workplace and academic setting.

The university responds promptly upon learning of any form of possible discrimination or sexual misconduct.  Any individual may contact USU’s Office of Equity for available options and resources or clarification.  The university has established a complaint procedure to handle all types of discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment (USU Policy 305), and has designated the Office of Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator as the official responsible for receiving and investigating complaints of sexual harassment. 

Withdrawal Policy and "I" Grade Policy

Students are required to complete all courses for which they are registered by the end of the semester. In some cases, a student may be unable to complete all of the coursework because of extenuating circumstances, but not due to poor performance or to retain financial aid. The term ‘extenuating’ circumstances includes: (1) incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes for a minimum period of two weeks, (2) a death in the immediate family, (3) financial responsibilities requiring a student to alter a work schedule to secure employment, (4) change in work schedule as required by an employer, or (5) other emergencies deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Students with Disabilities

USU welcomes students with disabilities. If you have, or suspect you may have, a physical, mental health, or learning disability that may require accommodations in this course, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early in the semester as possible (University Inn # 101, (435) 797‐2444, drc@usu.edu). All disability related accommodations must be approved by the DRC.  Once approved, the DRC will coordinate with faculty to provide accommodations.

Diversity Statement

Regardless of intent, careless or ill-informed remarks can be offensive and hurtful to others and detract from the learning climate. If you feel uncomfortable in a classroom due to offensive language or actions by an instructor or student(s) regarding ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, contact:

You can learn about your student rights by visiting:
The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: https://studentconduct.usu.edu/studentcode

Grievance Process

Students who feel they have been unfairly treated may file a grievance through the channels and procedures described in the Student Code: Article VII.

Full details for USU Academic Policies and Procedures can be found at:

Emergency Procedures

In the case of a drill or real emergency, classes will be notified to evacuate the building by the sound of the fire/emergency alarm system or by a building representative. In the event of a disaster that may interfere with either notification, evacuate as the situation dictates (i.e., in an earthquake when shaking ceases or immediately when a fire is discovered). Turn off computers and take any personal items with you. Elevators should not be used; instead, use the closest stairs.