Instructor: John R. Marks, IV
Office: William Johnston Building (WJB 2027)

Information and materials for this course is always available at LIS5362


Prequisites: None.

This course introduces the student to the design, creation and management of standards-based, ADA-compliant web sites, frameworks, and applications. The principles of user accessibility and user-centered design are emphasized, as is a focus on the implementation of modern web standards and coding. Students will learn how to apply these principles to design, and produce and manage web sites, tools and applications using a variety of development and management tools.


This course is primarily intended as an introductory Web design and development course that focuses on fundamental concepts of web development and front-end administration. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

- Research, evaluate, and employ a variety of web development applications and technologies.
- Design, develop and maintain basic web sites.
- Construct and manage standards-based, ADA compliant web sites.
- Apply principles of universal and user-centered web design.
- Determine best practices for particular use cases, including when to start from scratch versus when to use an established framework.



First Day Attendance Policy: Official university policy is that any student not attending the first class meeting will be automatically dropped from the class. For distance students, this policy is interpreted as posting to the discussion forum "First Day Attendance" no later than the first day of the semester. Regular participation via the Canvas course interface is required. Official course announcements, review materials, assignments, and help archives will all be on-line at this site.


This is a synchronous online class; all students are required to be present during class sessions, by means of an online conferencing classroom system such as Collaborate.


Your grade will consist of the following 3 types of assignments:

Assessments will comprise smaller comprehension exercises designed to assess students' knowledge of previously covered material.

Code Assignments will be "hands-on" type deliverables, in which students will write code from scratch, to be uploaded to a class server.

Quizzes will be larger comprehension exercises to be completed in a relatively short period of time; that is, within a class period.
Assessment Assignments 2 x 10% = 20%
Code Assignment(s): 5 x 10% = 50% (multi-phase specs assignment)
Quizzes: 2 x 15% = 30%


Personal Instructors' Note

My first and foremost goal in class is effective and innovative teaching, and it is frequently useful to relay ideas and thoughts in a creative manner, often through, e.g. colorful stories and anecdotes.

To this end, I declare that nothing I, John Robert Marks, IV say or write in conjunction with class or school should be considered legal or financial advice, you should seek these elsewhere.

More broadly, I declare that nothing I say or write in conjunction with class should be considered the truth, legally binding or otherwise, for any matter except those related directly to students' academic learning or other academic experience within the confines of this course.

Everything below here comprises language that is required or recommended to be present in all syllabi.

Attendance and Participation

Failure to be present or prepared when called on in class or to participate in lab activities will lower your attendance and participation grade. If you know you will miss, be late to, or need to leave early from a class or lab, a professionally written e-mail explaining your absence must be sent to me and/or the TA before the beginning of the class or lab. Official documentation (such as a doctor’s note) as to why the absence should be excused must also be provided to me as soon as possible. You are recommended to discuss sessions you missed with your classmates. Accommodations and excused absences will be granted for documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness. The College of Communication and Information takes seriously the University’s policy on attendance (

First Day Attendance Policy: University-wide policy requires all students to attend the first class meeting of all classes for which they are registered. The School of Library and Information Studies will drop students from a course they registered for if they do not attend the first class meeting. In order to enforce this policy, the instructor will take attendance at the first class meeting by distributing and collecting information cards, and will report absences to the administration of the School.

Late Assignment Policy: Late assignment submissions will not earn full credit; ten percent (10%) will be deducted for every 24 hours an assignment is late. Assignments submitted more than 72 hours (three days) after the due date will not be accepted. Exceptions to this policy will be extremely rare and given at my discretion; in cases of constraints, emergencies, and crises that will result in you submitting an assignment late, you must let me and/or the TA know as soon as possible before the assignment is due. You are responsible for verifying we have received your assignment correctly. There will be no make-up assignments or quizzes. Make-up exams will only be given with written justification and notification.

The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “be honest and truthful and...[to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.” (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; AND (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class. This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request. For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the Student Disability Resource Center, 874 Traditions Way, 108 Student Services Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167, (850) 644-9566 (voice), (850) 644-8504 (TDD), or visit

Some of the materials in this course are possibly copyrighted. They are intended for use only by students registered and enrolled in this course and only for instructional activities associated with and for the duration of the course. They may not be retained in another medium or disseminated further. They are provided in compliance with the Teach Act.

On-campus tutoring and writing assistance is available for many courses at Florida State University. For more information, visit the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Tutoring Services’ comprehensive list of on-campus tutoring options - see or contact High-quality tutoring is available by appointment and on a walk-in basis. These services are offered by tutors trained to encourage the highest level of individual academic success while upholding personal academic integrity.  

Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.

Statement On Public Health Protocols

In our classroom, I will expect everyone to wear a proper, well-fitting mask.  As our President has informed the university community, FSU expects everyone on campus to use face-coverings.  In regions where virus rates are high, the CDC recommends that even vaccinated individuals wear masks in public indoor spaces, like classrooms, especially where social distancing is not possible.  Florida infection and hospitalization rates are greater now than they were at the height of the 2020 surge due to the Delta variant, a more infectious and easily transmissible version of the COVID-19 virus.  The best way to protect against serious illness is to be fully vaccinated, but not everyone among us can be.  Because the Delta variant can infect even vaccinated individuals and can be spread by them to others, it poses a special threat to members of the community with underlying health conditions and children at home who are too young for vaccination. 

For these reasons, FSU expects each member of the community to comply with the public health protocols our President set forth on August 9, 2020, including (1) wearing masks in public indoor spaces, (2) getting fully vaccinated, (3) being tested for the virus if you have symptoms, and (4) staying home and away from others if you are sick.  Please remember that you should NOT attend class in person if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are quarantining after exposure.  Finally, please bear in mind that the COVID-19 situation is fast moving and that university guidance on the issue may change at any time. 

Statement for Classes Subject to HB233 Recording

In this class, consistent with state law and university policy, students are permitted to make recordings of class lectures for personal use only.  As noted, sharing, posting, or publishing classroom recordings may subject you to honor code violations and legal penalties associated with theft of intellectual property and violations of other state law.  Moreover, students and educators have expressed concern that recording classroom activities may negatively impact the learning experience for others, especially in classes that involve questions, discussion, or participation.  To protect a learning environment in which everyone feels free to experiment with ideas, we ask you refrain from recording in ways that could make others feel reluctant to ask questions, explore new ideas, or otherwise participate in class.  Students must monitor their recording so that they do not include participation by other students without permission.  Students with disabilities will continue to have appropriate accommodations for recordings as established by the Office of Accessibility Services.

Statement for Courses Not Subject to HB233 Recording

In this class, consistent with state law and university policy, you may not make recordings of classroom activities without the permission of the instructor.  This policy applies to both audio and video recordings.

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