William M. Pegram
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The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering
George Mason University

Times: TTh6-10PM, April 20, 2010 - August 26, 2010

Location: Computer lab in room 333E, Truland Building, 3330 North Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201.

Instructor: Dr. William M. Pegram, bill@billpegram.com

Audience and Prerequisites

This course is designed for individuals who want to acquire fundamental skills in designing, developing and maintaining web pages and websites for professional and personal use.  People interested in taking this course should be comfortable with using computer applications like Windows, word processing, email, and the Internet.

Course Description

This hands-on course will be taught in a Windows environment and will teach you to effectively plan, design, implement, and maintain websites.  The curriculum includes XHTML, Web design and graphics, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, and an introduction to E-commerce.  Students will do a web site project on a topic of their choosing drawing from various areas of the course.


The following texts will be used.

(1) HTML, XHTML & CSS, 6th Edition, Elizabeth Castro, Peachpit Press, ISBN-10: 0-321-43084-0, 2007.
(2) JavaScript & Ajax, Sixth Edition, Tom Negrino and Dori Smith, Sixth Edition, Peachpit Press, ISBN-10: 0-321-43032-8.
(3) Dreamweaver CS4, Tom Negrino and Dori Smith, Peachpit Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-57352-0.
(4) Photoshop CS4, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas, Peachpit Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-56365-1.
(5) Flash CS4 Professional, Katherine Ulrich, Peachpit Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-59192-0.

The instructor will provide additional handouts which will also be available on the course website at www.billpegram.com.

Software and Web Hosting

The Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Flash sections of the course will use that software; all other sections of the course require no special software.  30 day trial versions of Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Flash CS5 will be available for download in May (trial versions of CS4 are no longer available for download).  Students have the option to purchase Adobe CS4 software (including Flash, DW, and Photoshop) from the University at a discounted price of $299. Software purchased from the university at discounted prices does not qualify for paid upgrades.  The instructor will provide web hosting space for each student at www.billpegram.com.

Subject Areas

Class time will be allocated roughly as follows.  The allocation is approximate partly because the topics overlap.  For example, in the Dreamweaver section, HTML and CSS are revisited, or simple image manipulations that are part of the Web Design and Graphics section can be done with Photoshop.


Hours (approximate)



Web Design and Graphics


CSS (in more depth)










E-Commerce/ Introduction to Server-Side Scripting


Web site Project


Attendance and Inclement Weather

Attendance at least 75% of the class sessions is required to receive continuing education credit for the course.  If you will be absent or late any day, please try to email the instructor. In cases of inclement weather, class will be held if and only if GMU Arlington classes are being held.

Revised: April 20, 2010