In this course you will do two related things: research using the resources offered by the Internet, libraries and primary sources, and presentation of the results of your research on the World Wide Web. Publishing your work on the Web is a central part of the course, if you do not feel comfortable with making your work public you should consider withdrawing from the class.

Plan to get an Access Account, if you don't have one. Be sure to learn how set up and use your PASS Account to access your Web Space. The class will begin with learning how to use Web browsers, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Internet Explorer (on Windows) and Safari (on the Mac), the Web search engines, like Google, Yahoo and Bing, and creating a small site which will be posted to your Web space, then you will make a personal research site.

Please use your Penn State email address for the class and the Web space provided by the university for your work.

While you are beginning your research we will learn about Hypertext Markup Language, HTML. You will be using it to present the results of your research to others on your Web site.The primary software, if you chose to use it, will be Dreamweaver. A text editor, like NotePad or SimpleText, is also always an acceptable way to assemble your sites. After that you will learn to use ways of working with images using two different software programs - Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Starting the week of February 22rd you will be developing a large research project in collaboration with the other members of your Working Group. This project will be posted the week of March 30th for comment and criticism by other members of the other working groups. Comments on other site is a requirement of the course. The sites will be posted in their final form April 13th.

Required Text: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 6th Edition By Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy, ISBN 0-596-52732-2
(You may also read the text online using the Penn State Electronic Book Collections in the Safari resource of computer related publications, under the heading Recent Books in the Sciences, Technology, & Medicine).

Grading policy

Your grade for the course will be based on the quality of your individual work on your personal sites and on your work in collaboration with your group. You will have a one week grace period after the work is due to turn it in with no reduction in grade, every week after that will mean a reduction of one grade.

Each individual assignment receive a grade within ten days after it is due.

University Policies and Rules Guidelines states that academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

Instructor: Jerrold Maddox