+ Daniel Carter

MC 4315 Web Design and Publishing

Spring 2019, M 12:30 - 3:20pm, Old Main 212
Office hours: OM 208 | M 3:20 - 5:00pm, T 5:30 - 6:30pm and by appointment

This course introduces students to web design and development. In addition to gaining skills in HTML and CSS, students will analyze examples of online storytelling and will think about web design and development in the context of social issues such as access and diversity.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Course Organization

This course involves learning technical skills and also developing ways of thinking about web design and publishing. Classes will be split between workshop time – when we learn by doing and work together to create web projects – and discussions of readings and relevant topics. You should expect to spend several hours each week reading, working on projects and completing other assignments.

Getting Help

Many resources are available to you online. Additional assistance is available during designated times in the Media Innovation Lab. You can also come to my office hours or email me.

If you have questions that might be of interest to everyone or want to discuss anything related to class, post them to Slack.


Project 1: Student Bio 10%
Project 1: Student Bio - Redesign 10%
Project 2: Multimedia Profile - Draft 5%
Project 2: Multimedia Profile 15%
Project 3: Organization Site - Draft 5%
Project 3: Organization Site 20%
Quizzes and Exercises 15%
Reading Responses 10%
Participation and Attendance 10%

Grade Scale

A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F < 60

Extra Credit

Based on class voting, I’ll add one point to the final grade of the student who has the best pitch day presentation and multimedia check-in.


Each absence in addition to two will result in a loss of 5% of the attendance portion of your grade.

Late Work

You may turn in one assignment late during the semester, if you make prior arrangements. Any other late assignments will receive a grade of F


You must use an active Texas State email account. Communication via TRACS uses your Texas State email, and the university is required to send grade information out only through the Texas State email system. Make sure you check your email on a regular basis, as schedule changes will be communicated there as well as on TRACS.

Academic Honesty

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication takes your education seriously. Therefore, to do this class properly, the School demands the highest standard of academic honesty and integrity from you. Violations of academic honesty, including but not limited to colluding with other students (without permission) on assignments or exams, can lead to severe penalties. Disciplinary actions are outlined in the Texas State Academic Honesty Statement, which can be found in the Texas State University student handbook.

Other references: Code of Student Conduct and The Honor Code


If you are a student with a disability certified by the Texas State University Office of Disability Services, and you require accommodations for that disability in class, please tell me early in the semester so that I can accommodate you properly.