DGM2740 Principles of Web Languages

This course was built by Dr. Paul Cheney for the Digital Media Department at UVU

Course Syllabus

About this Course

What you will Learn

Ever since Steve Jobs handed the world the iPhone and later the tablet, the mobile market has been expanding. The need to have websites work on small, meduim, and large devices is increasing as the number if handheld devices increases. In this course you will be learning responsive deisgn which is building a website that responds to the device used to view it. You will be creating HTML5 & CSS3 webpages that can be used as standalone sites. You will also build responsive templates that can be used in content management systems (DGM3740). Unlike Web Essentials where using Dreamweaver was prohibited, you will need to use Dreamweaver, Coda, or some other tool to help speed up coding and file transfer.

Course Prerequisites

This course is to be taken after DGM2120 Web Essentials and DGM2271 Principles of Web Design. In DGM2271 you should have learned to wireframe and organize a webpage.


This course is broken into 13 units which can take one or two weeks to complete. There is also an optional capstone project which will test the skills you learned throughout the entire semester. Each lesson is broken down with Learning Objectives, an Overview, followed by Learning Activities and of course an Assignment. This is followed by an example of the assignment and the assignment itself. The last part of each lesson is a quiz with questions taken from the readings and the video lectures.

Life long learning

Let's talk about the importance of learning how to learn when your not in a classroom. This is often called life-long learning. If you were studying History, Philosophy or English, the information you learn would still be valid in 25 years. Seriously, when was the last time the dictionary was rewritten or the events of the civil war changed? You, however, are not in one of those static disciplines. You have chosen a major that changes constantly. With the release of new devices and software, we have to constantly change what we teach. Those who enter the digital media field have to be life-long learners because if they don't keep up with everything, new their skills will be outdated very quickly. What you learn this semester may be outdated by the time you graduate. As a working professional, you need to be able to quickly teach yourself the latest technology so you can remain competitive. In this class we will practice learning from resources that exist on the web rather than a dated textbook. Commit now to be a life-long learner and use this class for practice.

Instruction & Assessment

Reading Materials

For each unit you will have a reading assignment from one of several textbooks and a reading assignment from an online source. You will also watch videos from industry experts.

Tutorial Videos

This course will rely heavily on screen casts (videos are of a computer screen and narrated by Dr. Cheney) to communicate the material we cover in class. These videos provide the optimal opportunity for you to control when and where you study. You can also pause the video while you get a snack or try to make your code work like the example. Have you ever been able to do that during a philosophy or history lecture? Most of the lessons will have video tutorials that show you how to complete an activity that is similar to the one you will work on.

Reflection Questions

Research has shows that when adult learners take time to reflect on what they have done, they can better apply their current knowledge to future problems. You will be responding to several questions for each lesson that will help you as you reflect on what you just learned. While some of these do have a correct answer, many do not have right and wrong answers. You will be graded on accurate, complete, and thoughtful responses to each set of questions.


Of course no lesson is complete without providing you an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. These carefully designed assignments will require you to demonstrate what you have learned from the instructional videos as well as your textbook reading. You will NOT be allowed to copy code from any other source when completing the unit assignments.


I provide an example of each assignment so you can see how it functions and what you should be working towards. You can compare your work (function, presentation, design) against my example and self-assess how well your doing.. Please DO NOT copy these examples, not only will you fail the course but you will rob yourself of the very thing you are paying to learn.

Capstone Project

You may demonstrate your understanding of the materials in this course by completing a final project. Your final project you will build an entirely new multi-page website. This project will contain several beautifully designed pages and have a consistent look and feel.

Submission of Work

All assignments must be submitted to Canvas. Some assignments will be turned in as PDF's, some as text answers, and others will be URL links to a website.

Since this is a CBE course, there are no deadlines. However I do have to submit a grade for you at the end of the semester so all modules must be completed the last day of class instruction before reading day. The optional capstone project will be done over finals week if you choose to complete it.

Required Materials

Since you will be building responsive pages, you will need access to a smart phone and tablet to check your work before turning it in. These can also be checked out from the DGM department. Ask at our front desk.


You have the very best instructors available.

paul cheney
Dr. Paul Cheney

Paul Cheney received his master's degree from Utah State University in Instructional Technology and worked as a civilian for the United States Air Force doing interactive computer-based firefighter training. He and his family then moved to Provo, Utah where he worked at Brigham Young University for five years in the Instructional Technology Center. While there, he was involved in authoring multimedia, digitizing video, training faculty in instructional technology, and QTVR. He then moved with his family to Buena Vista, VA where he joined the faculty at Southern Virginia University. While there he taught multi-media design courses, served as the Director of Media and Instructional Technology, and completed a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Ten years after moving to Virginia he returned to Utah where he is now at Utah Valley University teaching courses in their Digital Media department.


The best way to contact your instructor is through email. I will reply within one business day; excluding weekends. Be sure to include the specific assignment you need help with.


Assignments will be graded within one week of submission and will be graded based on the criteria listed in the assignment checklist. All assignments must be completed at 90% of they will be returned as a zero and you must red them.

Letter Grade Scale

This CBE course has a grade scale of A, B, or F. Completeing all the modules earns you a B and completing the optional Capstone project can boost you to an B+, A- or A.

Instructor Responsibilities

My responsibilities include:

  1. Staying up to date in this field of study
  2. Creating a well organized course so you know what is expected of you and when it's due
  3. Write clear objectives so you understand the knowledge and skills you will need to obtain
  4. Identify how the knowledge and skills you gain in this class will help you in the real world.
  5. Answer questions about the course subject and assignment criteria
  6. Assess the students performance
  7. Assign a grade
  8. Find ways to improve the course

Student Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include:

  1. Completing all the learning activities
  2. Spending sufficient time engaged with the material to meet the course objectives
  3. Demonstrate you have mastered the required skills
  4. Taking the quizzes
  5. Answering the reflection questions
  6. Providing feedback to improve the course

Gary Riding gave a talk at SVU and told this story that I thought was applicable to taking responsibility. You should read his comments below.

"Let me tell you a hard cold reality about today's competitive environment. In your schooling sometimes it's about your hard work, sometimes it's good intentions. At the end of the day I hope your grades are about results. There is some effort in there as well. I am inclined in some environments to say ?It's not about hard work, It's not even about smart work, its about getting results. To the degree that you can learn now that it's about results you won't have to be hit with that hard splash when you're sitting there with your first supervisor or your second or third saying 'But I tried really hard, I worked a lot of late nights, I worked on the weekend, I wanted it really bad.' In today's environment it doesn't matter. Those who are given opportunities, those who are promoted, those who have doors open are those who can deliver results. That sometimes may not feel fair. I tried really hard. I worked really hard. This happened or that happened or this thing didn't work my way, we had a hurricane. I have seen fortune 50 CEO's look at someone and say, 'It doesn't matter how hard you tried, I don't care about your excuses, you didn't deliver!' In today's competitive environment it's a lot about delivering results." - GARY RIDING September 26th, 2007.

Students with Disabilities

Students who need accommodations because of a disability may contact the UVU Accessibility Services Department (ASD), located on the Orem Campus in LC 312. To schedule an appointment or to speak with a counselor, call the ASD office at 801-863-8747. Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals, email nicole.hemmingsen@uvu.edu or text 385-208-2677.