Your Digital Toolbox: Software, Tips, & Tricks for Web Developers (& Other Creatives) Syllabus

INTM 3150 02 Your Digital Toolbox

Webster University
School of Communications
Dept. of Electronic & Photographic Media

Fall 2016
Fri. 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nov. 4–5, 2016
Sverdrup 121, Webster Campus

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    Instructor: Scott Granneman

    You can also read my full CV.

    Course Description

    Itʼs not enough to know HTML, CSS, and some Photoshop if you want to make a living as a web developer. Just like any craftsperson, you need a robust toolbox. This course, taught by a veteran Web developer (20 years!), will go over those tools. Weʼll look at text and HTML editors, as well as web browser extensions for Web developers and the best 3rd-party services for websites. In addition, weʼll also examine the best software for a wide variety of needs, including documentation, screencasting, collaboration, file transfer, managing large numbers of secure passwords, bulk renaming files, virtualization, video conversion, backup, and syncing.



    There are no required books. Virtually everything you need can be accessed via my website; however, when it’s appropriate I will recommend other materials useful for further study & reference.


    Bring your laptop with you. If you don’t have a laptop, you’ll have computers available to you.


    Your grade will be based entirely on class attendance and participation. You are expected to attend class prepared to learn and discuss the topics with your fellow classmates. We may also work on in-class exercises, and you are expected to take an active part in those exercises.

    Grades will be based on an average of the above as follows:

    100 A+
    94-99 A
    89-93 A-
    86-88 B+
    83-85 B
    79-82 B-
    76-78 C+
    73-75 C
    69-72 C-
    66-68 D+
    63-65 D
    59-62 D-
    0-58 F


    Accommodation of Disabilities

    Webster University is committed to providing accommodations and/or services to students with documented disabilities. If you have registered as a student with a documented disability and are entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, please inform me at the beginning of the course.

    Drops and Withdrawals

    The Drop/Add & Withdrawal dates are listed each semester on the University website, in the University catalog, & in the Course Description book. If the course is dropped within the Drop/Add period, no notation of the course will appear on the student’s transcript. Withdrawals that take place after the published Drop date will result in the dreaded “W” appearing on the student’s transcript.


    I like to record lectures & discussions for my own purposes. Sometimes I make videos out of my slides & the audio I’ve recorded, & then I post them on the Internet so others can learn from them. I will do my best not to identify you, but your first name might be used on the audio.


    I have no problem with students using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone during class for academic purposes; in fact, I would do the same thing. However, please do not use your personal device (or the computer on your desk) during class to conduct personal business such as Facebook, email, or IMing. This reduces your concentration & participation and distracts others around you. Repeated distractions will reduce your grade for the course. Please do what you need to do to keep cell phone distractions at a minimum.

    What We’ll Cover

    WebSanity Top Secret