IST 250 - New Media and The Web

Sections 31 (3 credits)
Spring 2014


Successful students create to learn, and learn to create.

~ Ben Shneiderman


Bob Bartell

Phone: (717) 771-4119
Office: 230 ISTC
Office Hours:
  • Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • by appointment

Class Meeting Time


108 ISTC

6:00 - 8:40 p.m.


If the campus is operating under a two-hour delay, the night section will not be affected. In case of a two-hour delay, we would still meet at our regular 6:00 p.m. starting time.


Introduction to how the World Wide Web utilizes emerging technologies. Students acquire conceptual understanding of constructing web sites.


  • IST 110 or concurrent enrollment



  • Attendance
  • On-time
  • Reading prior to class
  • Participation


  • To understand web site technology and usability.
  • To learn how to analyze, evaluate, design/redesign and implement a Web site.
  • To improve oral and written communication skills through application of the concepts that define the course.
  • To learn to work collaboratively and effectively in designing and implementing a web site.

Required Materials

User-Centered Website Development

HTML5 and CSS3

User-Centered Website Development
D. McCracken, R. Wolfe
ISBN 0-13-041161-2

HTML5 and CSS (seventh edition)
E. Castro
ISBN 0-321-71961-1

Other Requirements

*These items can be obtained in room 106 ISTC.

Tentative Schedule

UCWD - User-Centered Website Development
VQG - Visual Quickstart Guide - HTML5 & CSS3
WSG - Web Style Guide (supplemental/optional online reading)





Course introduction VQG - intro; chapter 1
UCWD - chapters 1, 2


Web overview; HCI Overview; Web/HTML Basics

VQG - chapters 2, 3
UCWD - chapter 2


Human Memory and Perception;Working w/Web Page Files, Basic HTML Structure; Web Page Validation

UCWD - chapter 3


Links, Images, and Lists

Quiz #1 - UCWD - chapters 1-3; Team Contracts due


UCWD chapter 5; Intro to CSS

Quiz #2


CSS cont'd; Tables

Proposals due


UCWD chapter 4; HTML5 Tables; exam review






Group project work



User testing



Table-less layout using CSS positioning; Accessibility


Accessibility and Multimedia

Preliminary Design Reviews



Quiz #3





Group project work time

Quiz #4 (counts double)

Note: The reading is to be completed prior to the start of class. Class lectures will not be used to cover everything in the readings. Students are expected to know the material given in reading assignments whether or not it is covered in class.

Lecture Policy

During lecture (unless specifically directed otherwise) do not use your computer.

Attendance and Grading Policy

ON-TIME ATTENDANCE is REQUIRED of all students.  Attendance will be taken at all lectures. Students who arrive late must see the instructor at the end of class to ensure that their attendance is counted.

You will be permitted to miss 2 classes without penalty. Any more than 2 missed classes will require giving a formal excuse to the instructor immediately upon your return to class. Excuses will only be granted for legitimate reasons such as illness, family emergency, etc.  Adequate documentation must be provided.

Students are also responsible for all work required by the course unless specifically exempted by the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work during an absence. If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to get class notes from another student.

Without proof of emergency or illness, students will receive a zero for missed tests, quizzes or assignments. In order to schedule a make-up exam, the instructor must be notified within 24 hours of the missed class.




Exam 15%





Demonstration/Presentation of a Web tool 10%




The project will be a semester-long development of a web site. This will include two presentations. The final presentation will be the last week of class or during finals week.

Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

94 - 100


90 - 93


87 - 89


84 - 86


80 - 83


77 - 79


70 - 76


60 - 69


below 60


Assignment Policy

Assignments are due on or prior to the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Academic Integrity

All students are expected to act with civility, 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 own efforts. An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community.

Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.

Academic dishonesty violates the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromises the worth of work completed by others. A student should avoid academic dishonesty when preparing work for any class. If charged with academic dishonesty, students will receive written or oral notice of the charge by the instructor. Students who contest the charge should first seek resolution through discussion with the faculty member or the campus Director of Academic Affairs. If the matter is not resolved, the student may request a hearing with the Commonwealth College Committee on Academic Integrity at the campus.

Sanctions for breaches of academic integrity may range (depending on the severity of the offense) from F for the assignment to F for the course. In severe cases of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, stealing exams or "ghosting" an exam, students may receive a grade of XF, a formal University disciplinary sanction that indicates on the student's transcript that failure in the course was due to a serious act of academic dishonesty. The University's statement on Academic Integrity from which the above statement was drawn is available at:

Where To Find Assistance

  1. Ask questions in class
  2. Ask other students
  3. The Nittany Success Center
  4. E-mail questions to me:
  5. Office hours (230 ISTC)
  6. Schedule appointment (, 771-4119)

Computer Use and Network Security

Students are expected to abide by the Penn State Policy AD20 Computer and Network Security. Violations of this policy can result in termination of privileges, academic probation, expulsion from Penn State or criminal prosecution.

Students With Disabilities

Penn State is committed to providing access to a quality education for all students, including those with documented disabilities. If a student has a disability and wishes an accommodation for a course, it is the student's responsibility to obtain a University letter confirming the disability and
suggesting appropriate accommodation. This letter can be requested from the York campus Disability Contact Liaisons, Dr. Sharon Christ, Student Affairs (ALL); Dr. Cora Dzubak, Nittany Success Center (LEARNING); and Todd Eicker, Admissions (PHYSICAL).

Students are encouraged to request accommodation early in the semester so that, once identified,reasonable accommodation can be implemented in a timely manner.


This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor.

Bartell/Spring 2014

Last updated January 14, 2014