Web Development Tools

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 152

       Course Name: Web Development Tools

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces Web development tools, including HTML editors and Web site managers as well as graphics manipulation tools. Content includes use of these tools to create interactive Web Sites which integrate style sheets, DHTML components and Javascripts. Recommended: CIS 131 with minimum grade of C.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the various features available in HTML editors
  • Use an HTML editor to produce interactive Web pages
  • Create and maintain a Web site using Web site management tools
  • Develop, manipulate, and optimize graphics for use on Web pages

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Using HTML Editors
    1. Creating Overview of the Interface
    2. Complex Tables
    3. Setting Cascading Style Sheets
    4. Automated Javascripts
    5. Image Maps
    6. Hyperlinks (Images and Text)
    7. Modifying Page Properties
    8. Managing Web Page Resources
      1. Templates
      2. Libraries
      3. Wizards
      4. Include Files
    9. Frames
    10. DHTML
    11. Inserting Applets
    12. Using Built-in Graphics Tools
    13. Form Processing
  2. Web Site Management Tools
    1. Overview of the Interface
    2. Site Maps
    3. HTML File Organization
      1. File and Folder Management
      2. Understanding the path structure
    4. Link Verification
      1. Relative links
      2. Absolute links
    5. Site Publishing (HTTP, FTP)
    6. Performance Monitoring
    7. Basic Database Management
    8. Managing Browser Compatibility
  3. Preparing Image Files for the Web Using Multiple Applications
    1. Optimizing Web Graphics
      1. File sizes and downloading time
      2. File types
        • GIF
        • JPEG
        • PNG
    2. Using Web Graphics Tools
      1. Web authoring software
      2. Logo and banner creation
      3. Navigation bars
      4. Editing and combining graphics
      5. Web-safe colors
      6. Preparation of graphics for the Web
      7. Combining graphics and typography
      8. Obtaining digital graphic files through the use of scanners, digital cameras, and Internet graphic libraries

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Program demonstrations, hands-on usage, textbook reading, applicable web sites, lecture, class discussions, group work, and guest speakers may be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

  1. Attend seminars as scheduled
  2. Read course materials - textbook and current resources
  3. Complete required assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests
  4. Attend and participate in lab as required 

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Tests and Quizzes
Class Assignments
Lab Assignments
Attendance and Participation

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.