Web Design and Development FAQ

I often get asked similar questions about my class. Following are some questions & answers.

I have no experience with website development. What should I do to prepare myself for the class?

The best thing you can do is learn how to use your computer effectively. Everything else will be covered in the course.

What should I bring to class?

If you have a Mac, Windows, or Linux laptop, bring it!

Are any books required?

No, you don't need to purchase any books. I don't require any books in class at all — everything you need is on my website.

If you do want to check out a book, I highly recommend Jon Duckett's HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites. It's a good book, but it's a few years old & I don’t agree with everything. But it’s still good as an intro or review.

Should I take this course pass/fail?

Unless you do absolutely nothing, never try, & never learn anything, you'll be fine grade-wise. Try your best, and you'll get a good grade. My goal is make sure that people learn, not to hold grades over their heads.

Do you have a syllabus I can see?

My syllabus is on my website. The course is in 2 semesters: in the Fall, we learn HTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and in the Spring, we cover CSS the entire time. You can only take the first semester if you'd like, but most students end up taking the Spring course as well.

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