Syllabus - Advanced Responsive Web Design

Kent State University CCI 20826/40095-002 - 20827/50095-002

Instructor Name:
Christopher Hallahan
Instructor Email:
[email protected]
Spring 2018
CCI 40095-002 - 20826
CCI 50095-002 - 20827
Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
IdeaBase, Downtown Kent

About This Course

Advanced Responsive Web Design takes the key principles covered in the basic Responsive Web Design course (or equivalent courses) and expands upon them within the framework of a client project.

The project will encompass the design and development of website in a content management system (CMS). Teams will be assigned responsibility to complete the project throughout the semester using advanced web design tools, including CSS preprocessors, templating languages and server configuration.


Just a few of the topics planned to be covered in the Responsive Web Design course include:


Sophomore standing and successful completion of Responsive Web Design OR an equivalent course. The course instructor must give approval for a student to be enrolled in the course based on completion of prerequisites and proven execution of basic HTML, CSS and responsive design techniques.

Subject to Change Statement

The syllabus and course schedule may be subject to change. Changes will be communicated via email. It is the responsibility of students to check email messages and course announcements to stay current in the course.

Course Goals

In this course, students will:

Learning outcomes

Most importantly, by the end of this course, students will be able to:

Course Textbook and Materials

Because this course is centered primarily around the completion of a collaborative client project, there are no required textbooks. However, I will assign readings from a web-related book of your choice (see Book Report assignment). These books will be provided by the instructor.

Class Structure

Classes will loosely run as follows:

  1. Weekly group Scrum sessions: 15 minutes each (twice per week). At the beginning of each class, each team lead will provide updates from the group on what they worked on during the previous week, any problems they are having and what they expect to focus on for the next week.
  2. Collaborative working time and consultation with the instructor during each class.
  3. Solidifying tasks and planning for the upcoming sprint (Sprint Planning) at the end of each sprint.
  4. Reviewing output from the previous sprint (Sprint Review) and evaluating the group’s working process (Sprint Retrospective) every few weeks.
  5. Working outside of class (at least 2 hours per week) on project deliverables.
  6. Mini topics/lectures from the instructor on Tuesdays, typically relating to the part of the project we’re working on that week.

Preparing for Class

Students are expected to come to class prepared. This means:

Class Roles

Officially, the Scrum framework (which we’ll be using to organize the semester project) recognizes no specific roles or titles for development team members. This ensures there are no barriers to collaboration - everyone is equally responsible for the end result.

However, being a classroom team that does not meet 5 days a week, I am going to structure the development team into lightweight roles to help distinguish responsibilities and roles throughout the project.

1: Content Strategy & User Experience

3 Members

The User Experience (UX) team is responsible for advocating for all functionality related to how users interact with the product and the goals and user flows that drive them. This includes testing and getting feedback from actual end-users of the product. They will be particularly immersed in developing and refining content, requesting content from stakeholders (by way of the account manager). The UX team is responsible for documenting how the content must be developed to speak to their users.

See Detailed Responsibilities & Milestones

Visual Design and Front-End Development

4 Members (2 on visual design, 2 on front-end)

The Visual Design team is responsible for the visual design patterns as well as the general design language to be utilized for the product. While the design team may sketch and wireframe concepts in static design programs, design patterns must ultimately be developed into responsive design patterns that are in working condition. Additionally, by the end of the product, a library of design patterns and brand language used in the website will be developed.

See Detailed Responsibilities & Milestones

Content Management System and Back-End Development

2 Members (with 1 floating)

The Content Management System team is responsible for the final technical architecture that users will interact with, via the CMS. They’ll also work closely on items that require more advanced database or dynamic functionality, including JavaScript. This team will ultimately define the content structure and types in the CMS, building out HTML templates, CSS (SASS) and JavaScript that has been technically tested and takes performance and accessibility into account.

See Detailed Responsibilities & Milestones

Non-classroom role: Account Manager

The amount manager, who will work directly with the instructor (Product Owner), is responsible for managing direct communications with stakeholders and the client. If something is needed from the client, or a meeting is to be scheduled, the account manager will ensure requests are made according to deadlines and communication flows back to the development team and instructor. The account manager will frequently attend Scrum meetings and classroom sessions and summarize Sprint planning and retrospectives, ensuring transparency among team members.

Course Schedule

Information on preparing for class will be posted to the class website and on Trello (the project planning system).

Because of the nature of this project, dates and priorities may change as the project progresses.


Student learning will be assessed through the following types of work: in-class participation, out of class participation and periodic surveys.

This includes:

Graduate Students
Graduate student assignments may include a more challenging leadership role to support advanced mastery of the subject. When working in collaboration with an undergraduate student, only the graduate student is required to complete this component of the assignment.

There are 100 total possible points for the semester.

Attendance Policy

Attending each of the 15 weeks is crucial. I will allow three missed classes for the semester. All subsequent absences will only be accepted for the following reasons: sickness (with medical note only), athletic event (with coach’s note), religious observation, military responsibility (with documentation) and death in the family (with documentation).

Students who miss more than three classes without proper documentation will receive a 0 for their class attendance grade for the semester (10% of grade).

In addition to class, there will be other required meetings or out-of-class working sessions. Attendance at these sessions (dates and times agreed upon by the group) are critical and will be reflected in the participation grade.

If you miss class, you are still responsible for contacting the team lead to see what was assigned that day, as well as meeting all assignment deadlines.

Late Submissions

Late submissions in this class will not be accepted, unless the student has a university-approved excuse. Kent State accepts the following reasons for late assignments: sickness with medical note, athletic event (with coach’s note), religious observation, military responsibility (with documentation), death in the family (with documentation).

Because of the nature of the course, all milestone deadlines must be met. If deadlines are consistently missed, the student’s retrospective survey grade for each milestone will be reduced accordingly.

Group Work

This class uses team-based learning for part or all of the semester. Students must agree to follow the Group Rules & Expectations throughout the course of the project.


Final letter grades will be assigned on the basis of the following table. Graduate student assignments will take into account additional advanced components (described within the assignment), differing from undergraduate assignments.

Letter Percentage
A 93% or higher
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
F < 60%

Hardware & Software

Communicating with the Instructor

My office hours for this semester are:


My email address is [email protected]. Here is my email policy:

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