The Web can no longer be thought of as something we interact with solely at our desks in our homes or offices. Instead, we are constantly shifting how and why we access the web. By the end of 2016, 77% of Americans had smartphones while 51% had tablet computers (PEW Research Center). Worldwide, mobile usage has actually overtaken desktop usage (StatCounter). The mobile adoption is growing at a breakneck speed and is not expected to slow down any time soon.
Because of these changes we must build our websites with an eye toward the future and let go of the antiquated notion that we might know what type of device or screen size they will be viewed on. We must strive to create websites that adapt to a wide variety of devices. We must also create websites that will continue to work into the future, even as the web technologies we use everyday continue to change.
In this course you will build upon your previous knowledge in web design and learn to think of websites as moving pieces that should respond to the user. We will also take a closer look at how websites function as complex design systems and must adhere to common usability guidlines.
The course will be based on the textbook and divided into 4 sections. Areas of focus outside the first section will depend on the class 'interests, and aspects of those sections may be interleaved:
Location: 5505 SENSQTime: Mon, Wed - 6:00 PM to 7:15 PMInstructor: John Knox Phone: 412-624-1017E-mail: knox (at) cs.pitt.edu (This is my preferred means of contact) Office: 409 Cathedral of Learning (please call or e-mail to schedule meeting) Office Hours: Mon & Wed 7:15 PM; SENSQ 5505; SENSQ 6148, after 7:30, or if we meet outside office hoursWebsite: http: www.pitt.edu/~jknoxiii/cs134
Quizzes: There will be three announced quizzes. The date of the quizzes will be given in class and posted to the class website at least one week ahead of time. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped, and the remaining quiz scores will be averaged together to get the quiz portion of your grade for the class. There will be no make-up quizzes. If you miss a quiz, that quiz grade will be the one to be dropped.
Lab grading: Labs will be conducted at the end of class sessions, and will be worth 20 points for each lab completed. While some labs may be challenging, most will be very basic, and an easy way to pick-up points. There will be NO make-up labs! (Though you can work outside of class) If you know you will need to miss a class when we have a lab, please let me know in advance, and we can make accommodations.
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