CS 0134 - Web Site Design & Development (2194)


  • Exam 2 is April 25th (class session during finals week). It is NOT April 18th.

Tentative Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • HTML Syntax
  • CSS Syntax
  • Testing
  • HTML <head> element
  • HTML Semantic elements
  • HTML text, links, lists, images, tables, forms
  • CSS Selectors
  • CSS Text properties
  • CSS Box Model
  • CSS Page Layout
  • Navigation Menus
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Javascript


  • Classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in 5505 Sennott Square.
  • Exam 1 will be held on February 21st.
  • Exam 2 will be held during the last class of the semester on April 25th.
  • The table below will be filled out as we progress through the semester
  • The readings format below is “chapter-section”. The sections are not numbered in the book but 1 means the first section in a chapter, 2 for the second and so on.
Date Topic Slides Readings Exercise
  • Intro
  • Syntax
Exercise 1
  • HTML Elements
  • URLS
  • All of Chapter
  • 3, we will
  • cover lists in
  • depth later.
Exercise 2
  • CSS Selectors
  • CSS Measurements
  • CSS Colors
  • Text Properties
  • Chapter 4
Exercise 3
  • Box Model
  • Design Steps 1 & 2
  • Chapter 5
  • 17-3
  • Positioning
  • Lists
  • List Formatting
  • Links
  • Link Formatting
  • Menus
No Exercise
02-21 Exam 1
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Site Maps
  • Chapter 8
  • 17-3
  • Tables
  • Usability
  • Chapter 12
  • 17-1
03-14 No Class
  • Design Guidelines
  • Rest of Design Process
  • 17-2, 17-3, 17-4
  • Forms
  • Chapter 13
04-04 JavaScript
04-11 JavaScript Examples
04-25 Exam 2

*The debug files above are files that have errors in them that you can use to practice looking for errors. Use the developer tools and source view in Firefox. Please see me in my office hours if you would like guidance.

Book & Other Materials


Murach's HTML5 and CSS3

For this course, we are using Murach’s "HTML5 and CSS3" (4th Edition) by Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm. It's ISBN is 978-1-943872-26-8.

Course materials available on Murach's website under Free Downloads in the product description.

USB Flash Drive

It is recommended that you have a USB flash drive for working on the computers in the classroom.

Useful Resources

Over my years of experience with web development, I have gathered up a toolbox full of useful online resources. For all of these resources, make sure you use them within the confines of any licensing, terms of service or other conditions of use.

Validator Tools

Language Help



Color Selector

Fake Text Generator



  • Exercises/Homework – 30%
  • Exam 1 – 25%
  • Project – 20%
  • Exam 2 – 25%


97%+ A+
93-96% A
90-92% A-
87-89% B+
83-86% B
80-82% B-
77-79% C+
73-76% C
70-72% C-
67-69% D+
63-66% D
60-62% D-
<60% F


Cell Phone

Turn your phone on silent during class. If you need to make or take a call, please step into the hallway.

Course Communications

The instructor will periodically post announcements to the course website. It is every student’s responsibility to regularly monitor these announcements. The instructor will periodically email enrolled students with announcements. Students must check their Pitt email at least once per day to ensure these announcements are received. When contacting the instructor via email, the email subject should be prefaced with “[CS0134]“.

Academic Integrity

All assignment submissions must be the sole work of each individual student. Students may not read or copy another student’s solutions or share their own solutions with other students. Students may not use or review solutions from students who have taken the course in previous years. Submissions that are substantively similar will be considered cheating by all students involved. The use of books and online resources is allowed, but must be credited in submissions, and material may not be copied verbatim. Students who receive tutoring for this course must write their own solutions.

For the first offense of cheating on an assignment, the students involved will receive a 0 for the assignment. For the second offense, the students involved will receive a F in the course and may be subject to further disciplinary action.

Any use of electronics or other resources during an examination will be considered cheating and will result in an F in the course.


I believe that students should be able to distinguish between helping one another understand the core concepts of the course material and cheating. I encourage students to discuss the content of the course in ways that will improve understanding without violating academic integrity, such as clarifying the objective of an assignment or discussing general solution tactics.

Lecture Attendence

Students are encouraged to attend all lectures, which frequently include material that is not directly taken from the text. If a student misses a lecture, they are still responsible for the material covered and are advised to copy the notes from a classmate.

Respectful Discussion

This course may include open discussion or other interactions among students. To allow all participants to express their viewpoints, all discussion must remain civilized and respectful, and participants must avoid comments and behaviors that disparage others. A student who feels their viewpoints are not being respected is encouraged to contact the instructor, who will work to address the situation without revealing the student’s specific concerns to the rest of the class.

Audio/Video Recordings

To ensure the free and open discussion of ideas, students may not record lectures, discussion or other course activities without the advance written permission of the instructor. Any recording properly approved in advance can be used solely for the student’s own personal use.

Copyrighted Materials

All course material is subject to copyright, including notes, slides, assignments, and solutions. Students are allowed to use the provided material only for personal use, and may not share the material with others, including posting the material on the Web or other file sharing venues.

Late Assignments

All assignments specify a precise due date and time. Students must ensure they understand each assignment’s submission procedure in advance of its deadline to ensure that submission difficulties do not cause an assignment to be rejected. Late assignments will only be accepted in the event of a documented emergency. The instructor must be informed of the emergency in advance of, or as soon as possible after, the missed assignment.

Make-up Exams

Students must be present for all exams. Make-up exams will be given only in the event of a documented emergency. The instructor must be informed of the emergency in advance of, or as soon as possible after, the missed exam. Missing an exam under any other circumstances will result in a score of 0 for the exam.

Grade Records

All graded materials that a student receives back should be saved in a safe place until after the term has ended and they have received and accepted their final grade. In this way, any grade discrepancies can be easily resolved.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Office of Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union, 412-648-7890, DRSRECEP@PITT.EDU , as early as possible in the term. Disability Resources and Services will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

Religious Observances

In order to accommodate the observance of religious holidays, students should inform the instructor (by email, within the first two weeks of the term) of any such days which conflict with scheduled class activities.

Contact & Office Hours