Summer 2002 courses taught by Scott Granneman

Below are details about 4 courses I'm teaching this summer:

  1. Web Design
  2. Transitioning from Windows to Linux
  3. Effective Web Site Management
  4. Technology for Non-Technical Managers

Web Design

Where: St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley

When: There are two different classes, although I keep them in sync and I encourage students to cross back and forth between the class days as needed.

  1. Monday 6-9 pm (6 May-29 July)
  2. Saturday mornings 9am-noon (18 May-3 August)

If you're interested, sign up quick … these classes fill up! However, if they're filled but you're feeling persistent, come to the first couple of classes anyway. A couple of people always drop out immediately.

What: Here's the description: "Our exceptional course is intense and comprehensive. You'll learn how to develop Web sites using the three methods that have been used since Web design first began: hand-coding HTML using a text editor, then building Web pages using a WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver, and finally using the most modern method, a Content Management System that separates design from content while making it easy for anyone to update the site. Within this broad framework, we're going to cover a lot of ground, including good design principles, Cascading Style Sheets,server-side vs. client-side technologies, Web browsers, and Web servers. We'll finish up the class with a brief overview of the future of Web development: XHTML and XML. (We'll cover graphics, but not in depth). Familiarity with Windows or the Mac OS is required."

Note please the focus we're going to have on Content Management Systems, the future of Web development. You won't get that from any other Web Design course in the area.

Who: Scott Granneman. If you'd like to know more about me, check out my Web site, especially my bio page.

Cost: $144 (cheap!)

For more info: Call Flo Valley Continuing Education (314-595-4444) or go to their Web site ( and look for info about classes COMP 745-550 (Monday) or COMP 745-501 (Saturday).

Transitioning from Windows to Linux

Where: St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley

When: Wednesday 6-9 pm (15 May-31 July).

What: Here's the description: "One of the hottest new areas in technology is the Linux operating system. It's big advantages? It's free, it's open, it's powerful, and it never crashes. This class will focus on Linux on the desktop. If you use Windows now and you're interested in switching over to Linux, or in just learning more about this exciting software, then this class is for you. We'll use Red Hat, the most common distribution of Linux, and we'll cover the following subjects: installation of Linux and other software, common desktop environments (with particular attention to KDE), office software such as StarOffice (a free and powerful office suite), networking seamlessly with Windows machines using SAMBA, using the Web and email, setting up a Web server, basic system administration,and more. Finally, we'll evaluate whether Linux is the right solution for you and your business. Note: This is not an intro to computers, or remedial, course."

Cost: $144 (cheap!)

For more info: Call Flo Valley Continuing Education (314-595-4444) or go to their Web site ( and look for info about class COMP 782-550.

Effective Web Site Management

Where: Washington University

When: The class meets two nights a week–Tuesday and Thursday–from 6:00-8:45 p.m., 10 June-2 August.

What: Here's the description: "This course examines the three dimensions that drive a successful web site: content, technology, and business process. Through lectures, readings, and criticism of existing web sites, the class will address the ways these three dimensions interact, and often compete, as well as the financial, aesthetic, and ethical issues that arise from those interactions. Students learn strategies for creating and managing effective, well-balanced web sites by creating a web site for a hypothetical company. Discussions will include the cultural and political repercussions of new media, the disappearing role of traditional media as information gatekeeper, and the changing job market. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, familiarity with using computers, using the Internet, and building a web site, including HTML."

Cost: $975

For more info: Call Washington University (314-935-6700) or go to their Web site ( and look for info about class U48 342.

Technology for Non-Technical Managers

Where: Washington University

When: This is an intensive course that will take place over 5 days, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 10 June-14 June.

What: Here's the description: "This course is designed for managers involved in making business decisions involving technology. Students are expected to know how to use a computer, but this course is not a hands-on tutorial. Instead, we will discuss a range of issues focusing around modern technologies used by businesses around the world. Topics include networking, communications, open source software, content management systems, computer based training, Web services, Web site usability, wireless, productivity tools, and more."

There is no other course like this in the area. I'm very excited about this opportunity. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cost: $975

For more info: Call Washington University (314-935-6700) or go to their Web site ( and look for info about class U48 341.

If you've got any thoughts or questions about these classes, please feel free to contact me at

Thanks, and I hope to see you in class!

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