IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web

Thomas Long

Fall 2019-2020
Class number: 12643
Section number: 102
MW 11:20AM - 12:50PM
STDCT 00363 Lincoln Park Campus


IT 130 is an introductory computing course where students develop interactive web pages. Students acquire the basics of web formatting (HTML/CSS), elementary programming concepts (JavaScript), and an overview of internet technologies. The course satisfies the Scientific Inquiry Elective Liberal Studies Requirement.


At this time IT 130 does not have an official text. In addition to instructor notes, it uses free online resources including as a reference for HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
JEdit for editing HTML and CSS files. jEdit is available for PCs and Macs and is installed in all university labs.

Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers are recommended for IT 130. Both browsers provide good error diagnostics. Google Chrome provides a javascript console for typing live commands that interact with the current page.

MSPaint for modifying images. MSPaint comes with Windows XP and can be accessed via Programs >> Accessories >> Paint.

Filezilla (SSH client) for uploading HTML, CSS and image files to the server. SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is preferred to FTP because it is secure and more user friendly.
Student Accounts for Hosting Web Pages:
As of Winter 2012, CDM has provided student accounts for all students enrolled in IT 130. Faculty should already have accounts. Students have their account through the following quarter.

Students can activate/reset their accounts by going to

Files can be transferred using Filezilla or similar software using sftp to the host

If files are placed in the home directory (no need for public_html folder), they are viewed as


Assignments 50%
Final Project 30%
Final Exam 20%



School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296