DM70 Web Design Using Dreamweaver

Registered Students

Section 78593 is an ONLINE course. Enrolled students and those wishing to add MUST attend a mandatory orientation on Monday 2/11/13, 6:00PM-9:05PM, Room 517.* Students may also login to Blackboard beginning the first day of classes. Follow the instructions on the the login page to activate your account.

*Registered students not attending orientation will be dropped from the course.

Course Information

In this introductory Dreamweaver course, students use Dreamweaver to combine text and graphics to create, edit and manage web sites. Students must have foundational knowledge of (X)HTML and CSS. You should also be able to create and edit graphics using Photoshop or an equivalent program and have regular access to a computer to do your work.

heading dotPrerequisites

DM60: Introduction to XHTML (You must have basic foundational knowledge of XHTML and CSS.) DM1: Introduction to Digital Media (You must be able to use Photoshop or an equivalent program.)

heading dotAdding This Course

If you wish to add the class after the term begins, contact me for an Add Code. Blackboard users must allow 1 business day for account activation.

heading dotTopics

What we will cover:

  1. Review XHTML and CSS, application panels and toolbars
  2. File organization and naming conventions; structure and defining sites
  3. Working with typography and graphics; CSS selectors and external style sheets; web accessibility
  4. Hypertext links, graphic links, email links, image maps
  5. Optimizing images, placing graphics, using background graphics, view/edit HTML, creating rollover images
  6. Create data tables, modify tables
  7. Controlling page layout using CSS; relative and absolute positioning
  8. Creating forms; adding user interactivity with Spry
  9. Javascript behaviors, CSS navigation bars
  10. Multiple state rollovers
  11. HTML5 and CSS3
  12. Adding Flash, Audio and Video
  13. Templates & libraries

heading dotOn-campus and/or online lab hours

Regular class attendance (defined by online participation) is required.* Active participation in the course includes contributions to the discussion board on a weekly basis in addition to submitting weekly assignments. Online participation is a graded component of this course. You are required to spend at least 2 hours with the lecture material and an additional 6 hours practicing skills learned in the video lessons EACH WEEK during a time that works with your schedule. The course management system allows me to track your progress through the course.

*Online classes are not for everyone. It takes a great deal of self-motivation, good organizational skills, and regular participation to succeed. Excessive absence (missing more than two weeks of class assignments) can cause a student to be dropped from the course.

There will be weekly live webconference sessions which will also be archived for viewing at a later date. I will go over the content for the week, provide brief demonstrations, and be available to answer questions.

You will have plenty of opportunities to learn web design:

  1. lecture material online
  2. weekly video lessons
  3. class discussion board and collaboration with classmates
  4. weekly webconference sessions (live or view archived version)
  5. on campus/phone assistance
  6. timely feedback on weekly assignments

heading dotRequired Online Video Library Subscription

This course does not use a textbook, but requires a subscription to the online video library for Dreamweaver CS5. The $39 cost is slightly less than a textbook and your subscription is good for the entire semester. Video lessons for each week also include downloadable practice files. (Note: If you are enrolled in an employment development program, your invoice is your receipt for reimbursement.)
lynda dot comOnline Video Lessons — Online Training Library Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training is a tutorial including over 100 QuickTime videos designed for beginning to intermediate Dreamweaver users. It requires your instructor sign you up and you will be billed by the publisher. The cost is generally around $38–$39 for the entire semester. Access to the training library will include additional tutorials on topics like Photoshop and is good for the duration of the term.

For a video preview of Dreamweaver CS6 features, go to

You can also get a Certificate of Completion for the Dreamweaver CS6 course, including banners and links for your web site verifying your participation.

heading dotHardware and Software Requirements

This course will be taught using a combination of written lessons and video demonstrations developed by Wendy Norris, Wally Parham, and myself, and the online video tutorials. The online library video lessons from will be assigned each week. The Computer Technology Center at both the Aptos and Watsonville campus has computers for students to do their assignments on. Be sure to check out a headset for your workstation so you can turn up the audio to the desired volume.

You will need regular access to a computer and at least two different browsers. Be sure your browser is updated to the latest version. Your browser should be able to open PDF and Quicktime files.

dreamweaverNOTE: If you are interested in purchasing the software, you are eligible for student pricing for Dreamweaver CS6 at $119 + S&H. Go to
(Software purchase for this class is NOT required; the Computer Technology Center has the software on student computers.)