William M. Pegram
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Revised: January 10, 2017

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus

ITE 170 - Multimedia Software, Spring 2017 (3 credits)


001N: Monday 3:30-6:10pm CT 228
002N Tuesday 11:00-1:40pm CT 230
004N Wednesday 12:30-3:10pm CT 228
Instructor: Dr. William M. Pegram, wpegram@nvcc.edu

Web Site for Class: www.billpegram.com; PowerPoints available on Blackboard

Prerequisite: ITE 115 (because it provides a limited introduction to HTML). If you plan on taking ITD110 (Web Design I) or ART 116 (Design for the Web I), I would recommend taking these courses before ITE170.

Course Description:

The course will have several aspects:

  1. An introduction to HTML, CSS and FTP, building on the HTML/FTP knowledge now taught in ITE 115
  2. A hands-on introduction to multimedia software, in particular Dreamweaver (the leading web authoring/HTML editor) and to a much less extent, Fireworks (computer graphics).
  3. Concepts relating to web design, web graphics, HTML, CSS and tools, web animation, and copyright and fair use.

The goal is roughly 50% tools and 50% concepts.

Required Textbook

Basics of Web Design - HTML5+CSS3,  Third Edition, Terry Felke-Morris, Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-397074-6, 2015. Available in the bookstore and online, in both purchase and rental options. Current version preferred, but previous versions acceptable.

Recommended Textbooks

(1) Dreamweaver CC: The Missing Manual: Covers 2014 release by David Sawyer McFarland and Chris Grover, ISBN-13: 978-1491947203, December 2014: There is free online access to this book or a very similar book through the NVCC Library. Go to the NVCC library site, www.nvcc.edu/library. Select: books and eBooks tab, select: eBooks link, select Safari Tech and Business Book. You may have to enter your nova id and password at this point if you're not already signed into NOVA. You can type in the name of the book -- choose the Second edition.

The Basics of Web Design book is by far the most important book of the two books.


In 2013, Adobe announced a major change.  Instead of users paying a lump sum amount to own the software, users would now pay a monthly fee to use the software and instead of yearly new versions, changes would be introduced into the rental version on a continual basis.   This rental version is termed Creative Cloud. 

You will need access to this software outside of the classroom. For completion of assignments, any version of Dreamweaver and Fireworks beginning with CS4 will be fine.  It is possible, although very unlikely, that a small portion of some test might involve a feature from a more recent version of the software.  Here are some alternatives for accessing the software outside the classroom:

  1. Most of the computers in the open lab in CT122 have the CC software (computers 12-23).
  2. There are 7 day free downloads of Dreamweaver CC, Fireworks 6 (there is no CC version of Fireworks), and other Adobe programs.. You can have a separate 7 day period for each of the two programs. See www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html?promoid=KRUVM
  3. Purchase of software - Because you are students, you are eligible to purchase the Creative Cloud suite at greatly reduced prices - currently $19.99/month with a minimum 12-month commitment (https://creative.adobe.com/plans?plan=edu)

In the past, the vast majority of students have used the trial downloads. You should not use the Dreamweaver trial download until you are working on your project at the end of the course.

At some point, either during the course or after it, if you do not have access to Dreamweaver, you may wish to use Microsoft Expression Web which is available as a free download at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179 This is a discontinued product and no further versions will be developed.  However, since tests will be geared to Dreamweaver and because Dreamweaver will be more important to your future web work, use Dreamweaver whenever possible.


Late homework may be penalized and beyond some point will not be accepted.

Inclement Weather Policy:

Frequently asked questions about closings can be found at www.nvcc.edu/emergency/closing/faq.html In cases of class cancellation, students must go to Blackboard for specific communication and instruction for the course.


If you miss class, please check the class website for any changes to the schedule, including new assignments.  You are welcome to attend class in the other sections on an occasional basis, subject to capacity constraints. Which sections discuss the material first will depend on holidays, class cancellations, etc. so check the current version of the schedule page.

Office Hours Schedule/Tutoring:

Immediately after class in the classroom (i.e. Monday CT228 6:00-7PM, Tuesday, CT 230 1:40-2:40PM, Wednesday CT228 3:10-4:10PM). If you wish to attend office hours for another section, please email the instructor at least one hour before the start of the class. The Open Computer Lab in CT 122 is providing some instruction on Fridays in basic computer use and document and folder creation - see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YSR0JYM25WhpCIahjT_ZPWnUtJAmnYwb0b5pKLZaNsw/viewformThey can also provide some help in basic web page creation and FTP, using CoreFTP and Dreamweaver. Their hours are M-Th 9:30am-8PM, F 10am-2pm, Sat. 10AM-2PM. Sunday closed.

Communication with Instructor:

In addition to office hours, most class periods will have time for one-on-one questions with the instructor.  Asking questions in this way is generally more efficient than email.  

Required Email Address

I will email you at the email address on my class list which is your VCCS email address unless you specify a different address in Nova Connect. If you do not check this address frequently, I would recommend you set it up for automatic forwarding to an email address you do check more frequently. I will show you how to specify a different address in Nova Connect and to specify a forwarding address. Please remember to include your name and section in all emails to me.

Grading Policy:

Your grade will be a function of two to three tests (60%), homework and projects (40%). Much of the grading of homework and tests will emphasize mastery of concepts and the ability to do a task according to the requirements and directions rather than artistic ability or creativity.

Academic Integrity

On homework assignments and projects, students may ask for and receive some assistance from others, unless otherwise directed by the instructor.  Yet those helping a student should avoid "doing the work" for the student. 

No assistance is permitted on exams and quizzes and your use of the computer may be monitored. The college policy on student conduct is found at www.nvcc.edu/students/handbook/conduct.html

Cheating may be reported to the Division Dean and the Annandale Judicial Affairs Officer.

Dropping and Withdrawal from the Class:

Thursday, January 26 is the last day to drop a 16 week class and get a tuition refunds (use NovaConnect) or to switch to audit (which requires my signature).   Tuesday, March 21 is the last day to withdraw without grade penalty in a 16 week course. The award of W after the last day to withdraw REQUIRES official documentation and the Dean's signature which is very difficult to get..

Classroom Conduct

Sustained talking during lecture is extremely distracting to the instructor and to other students. During hands on instruction where we are all coding together, it is appropriate to ask me to repeat what I said or briefly ask your neighbor if you don't see where to click, etc. However, if I've moved onto another topic, it's better for everyone concerned if you move on as well, and then deal with the issue later.

Learning Environment

NVCC is a place for learning and growing.  You should feel safe and comfortable anywhere on this campus.  In order to meet this objective, you should: a) let your instructor, his/her supervisor, the Dean of Students or Provost know if any unsafe, unwelcome or uncomfortable situation arises that interferes with the learning process; (b) inform the instructor within the first two weeks of classes if you have received a special needs or disability accomodation that may affect your performance in this course.

Fire/Emergency Evacuation Procedures

In case of emergency, please follow the emergency procedures as discussed on the first day of class. Students should familiarize themselves with both the primary and secondary routes that are to be used, in case you need to evacuate the building, as well as other evacuation or shelter-in-place procedures to be followed.

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