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WEBD221 - Intermediate Web Development

Course Details

Course Code: WEBD221 Course ID: 4830 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course teaches advanced Web site development concepts and skills through a combination of readings and hands-on development exercises. This course covers the Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist curriculum of the CIW Web and Mobile Design Professional certificate. It builds upon fundamental Web coding skills by emphasizing HTML5 structure elements, embedded video and audio elements, HTML5 APIs, cross-browser user-input forms, use of JavaScript to add interactive capabilities to Web pages, and use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3) to enhance reusability and to design consistent interfaces. Advanced CSS3 techniques are introduced, including 2D and 3D transformations, transitions, animations, and user interface (UI) properties. Techniques for developing Web pages that are optimized for mobile devices are emphasized, including Responsive Web Design (RWD). Students will need access to Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox. This software is not provided by the course material grant and must be purchased/provided by the student. To succeed in this course, students will also need basic computer knowledge such as creating files and folders, downloading and uploading files, creating zipped files, and working with text editor such as Notepad++. (Prerequisite: WEBD121)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Create Web pages using HTML5 elements, attributes and values.
  • CO-2: Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3) to enhance reusability and to design consistent interfaces.
  • CO-3: Use advanced Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3) techniques to add visual effects to Web pages.
  • CO-4: Use JavaScript to add interactive capabilities to Web pages.
  • CO-5: Apply HTML5 API technologies to extend the capabilities of your Web pages.
  • CO-6: Create cross-browser compatible user-input forms using HTML5.
  • CO-7: Develop Web pages that are optimized for mobile devices.

This course requires disciplined independent practice and individual completion of assignments. Although Distance Learning provides you with a flexible schedule to meet your professional, personal, and academic responsibilities, you are expected to follow the syllabus and submit assignments on time and on schedule. Assignments, quizzes, and initial forum posts may be submitted up to one week late, but will lose 5 points per day late. Follow-up posts will not receive any credit if posted after the due date. After one week past the due date, assignments, quizzes, and forum posts may not be submitted for credit. All work must be submitted by the end of the class session. No assignments will be accepted after the class end date.

Reading Assignments

Each week, you will be assigned chapters from the class textbook to read. You will be evaluated on your understanding of the material in your readings through your forum contributions, assignments, quizzes, and final project. In order to grasp the weekly course objectives and participate fully in the discussions, it is highly recommended that you read each week’s assigned reading chapters before participating in the week’s forum discussion, taking your weekly quizzes, and completing your weekly assignments.

Supplemental Readings

Students are required to research weekly topics on the Internet and use their research findings in their forum posts and weekly assignments to support their points.

Forum Participation

Each week you will be expected to participate in one or more class discussions on the forum. Each week’s discussion questions can be found on the forum itself. Each one of you will have different and unique experiences and points of view related to the topics that we are learning each week, and we can all learn from each other by sharing our thoughts and ideas together on the forum. Your participation in the forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week, allowing time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue.

It is a requirement to conduct independent research (outside of the textbook and assigned readings) for each discussion. However, students should demonstrate their own understanding of the material they learn from their sources (in their own words) and avoid copying and pasting from websites. You are required to include in-text citations in APA format within the body of your post to show where you are discussing information you learned from your source (remember that citations give credit for the ideas you learned from your source, not necessary the exact words of the source). You are also required to include a reference list in APA format at the bottom of your post. While independent research is important and required, it is also encouraged that you draw on your own personal and professional experience in answering the forum questions.

Please read the following guidelines carefully, as your grade is determined by compliance with all of the guidelines.

Forum Timing: Although the due date for both your initial post, with your answers to the week’s questions, and your two follow-up posts is 11:55 PM ET on Sunday, you are encouraged to post your initial post no later than Thursday, to allow time for your classmates to read and reply to your post. Be sure to read all of the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Forum Guidelines:

  • Try to post your initial response to each forum by 11:55 PM ET on Thursday each week.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 250 words.
  • Do not include my questions or discussion prompts in your post. You may number your answers, but your post should contain only your own original writing.
  • Write in complete sentences and full paragraphs and avoid using lists of any kind in your posts.
  • Your initial post must be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Include your own personal experience related to the topic being discussed. If you do not have experience working with information systems, describe your experience with various information systems, including web-based systems, you use in your personal life.
  • You must also conduct research on the topic of discussion using outside sources, in addition to your textbook, each week. You are encouraged to use the APUS Online Library to find scholarly articles related to the topics of discussion. You may also use the Internet to search for information, but make sure you only use scholarly and authoritative sources (not Wikipedia or other similar sites).
  • Write in your own words and avoid copying and pasting from other websites.
  • If you do quote from a source, keep quotations to a minimum – I would rather see you express your own understanding of what you learned from your sources, in your own words.
  • You must cite information from your textbook reading each week, as well as information from at least one additional outside source. Remember that citing a source does not mean you need to directly quote the source! Instead, you are encouraged to paraphrase and discuss (in your own words) the ideas you learned from the sources you consulted. Citations are used to give credit to the source from which you learned the ideas you are discussing – not the exact words.
  • Use in-text citations in the body of your post, in APA format. In addition, list your references at the bottom of your post, in APA format. There must be at least one in-text citation in the body of your post corresponding to each reference you list at the bottom of your post.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55 PM ET on Sunday each week.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 150 words each.
  • For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name.
  • Responses to classmates must be significant in content, to advance the discussion forward. Your responses should add additional insight to the discussion or challenge your classmates’ opinions.
  • You are encouraged to log into the classroom several times each week to participate in the class discussion on the forum.
  • Refer to the forum for more details on grading. Forum postings are a significant part of your grade and I will be looking for quality and depth in your participation in the weekly forum discussions.


In this course, you will take 10 End-of-Lesson Quizzes on the CIW Online Resources website ( Instructions for registering on the CIW Online Resources website, as well as your access code, are provided in your Week 1 Lesson, under Lessons in the classroom.

Important Note: Upon completion of each quiz, you must take a screenshot (screen capture) of your score and submit it in the APUS classroom along with your weekly Assignment. Your screenshot must be an actual image file (.jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, etc.) and not a Word file. In order to receive credit for each quiz you must create an actual screen capture (image file) and not simply copy and paste your score.

A passing score is 75%. You will receive the full 10 points on the quiz portion of each week’s assignment for passing that week’s quiz(zes), as long as your score is 75% or higher on each quiz! You are allowed to re-take the quizzes on the CIW website, so if you do not pass a quiz on your first attempt, keep trying until you achieve a passing score. Please watch the video available in each week’s assignment instructions for a demonstration of how to locate the quizzes and what you should submit for your screenshots.


You will have assignments due in each week of this course. They will consist mostly of the creation of original Web pages, as well as the quizzes discussed in the section above. The Web page assignments are designed to give you hands-on practice in designing Web pages with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Most weekly assignments will require you to create a Web page from scratch, applying the techniques you learned in that lesson. Detailed instructions for each weekly assignment will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom on the first day of the week in which they are due.

Midterm Project

You will have a Midterm Project due at the end of Week 4. Detailed instructions for the midterm project will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom at the beginning of Week 4.

Final Project

You will have a Final Project due at the end of Week 8. Detailed instructions for the final project will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom at the beginning of Week 8.

Standards for Original Work:

All work submitted must be original work. Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in you failing the assignment, and repeat incidents will result in failing the course. I check forum posts and assignments regularly for incidents of plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Please read and understand the University policy on academic dishonesty (Plagiarism Policy). When writing about ideas learned from your sources, you must summarize the ideas in your own words (rather than using direct quotations from your sources). Be sure to provide appropriate citations and references on your forum posts and assignments to give credit to your sources for the ideas you are paraphrasing and writing about, even though you will not be directly quoting from your sources.

Furthermore, all Web development work in this course must be new and unique. You cannot reuse or build upon Web pages you previously created in another course or created for personal or work reasons. You are expected to build a brand new website for this course, adding pages to it every week as directed in the weekly assignments.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Wk 1 Assignment 5.00 %
Wk 2 Assignment 5.00 %
Wk 3 Assignment 5.00 %
Wk 5 Assignment 5.00 %
Wk 6 Assignment 5.00 %
Wk 7 Assignment 5.00 %
Midterm Project 16.00 %
Wk 4 Midterm Project 16.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Wk 8 Final Project 30.00 %

Additional references are found in the Lessons area of the classroom, embedded in the weekly lessons.

Book Title:Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist Academic Student Guide - e-book available inside the classroom
Publication Info:CLASS-CIW
Unit Cost:$93.00
Electronic ISBN:ECL02CDHTCSCK1405
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.