About This Course

Updated August 14, 2017 ]

This course has two broad goals:

  1. Enable journalism and communications students to find out whether they like and/or have an aptitude for creating Web apps and coding/programming.
  2. Provide journalism and communications students with sufficient understanding of how Web apps are created and how coding problems are solved so that they can work effectively on teams that include coders/programmers in media organizations (even if they decide that coding is not their cup of tea).

This is not a course where you “learn to make websites.” (Making websites is so 2005.) It is a course in which you will learn to code, and by “code” I mean write functional programs that run in a Web browser — not just make Web pages.

It is an introductory course. It has no prerequisites. However, students are required to be majoring in Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations or Telecommunication at UF.

This course is an elective, but please note that it is not easy. Challenging, time-consuming homework assignments are due every week.

Instructor Information

Instructor: Mindy McAdams, Professor, Department of Journalism
E-mail: See this page for my UF e-mail address
Office: 3049 Weimer Hall
Office hours: Tuesday 3–5 p.m. in 3049 Weimer | Friday WORKSHOP hours: Noon–4 p.m. in 3020 Weimer | and by appointment | Fall 2017
“By appointment” just means let me know when you want to come and see me, and I’ll let you know if I can’t be there. I’m often not in my office, so you’ll save a trip if you email me ahead of time.
Office phone: (352) 392-8456 (NOTE: Email is better. Much better.)
About me | My GitHub

Course Information

JOU 3363 | Fall 2017 | Section 07D7

Class meets Tuesday 10:40 a.m.–1:40 p.m. (periods 4, 5 and 6)
Location: 3032 Weimer Hall

Note the Friday Workshop Hours. This is a four-hour block of time (noon–4 p.m.) for getting help with assignments. Most students start coming to workshop hours every week by about Week 4 in the semester. Please consider this opportunity when you are scheduling your other commitments during the semester when you enroll in this course.

Required Book

Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics (4th Edition), by Jennifer Niederst Robbins. O’Reilly, 2012 (at Amazon).

Note that a new edition of this book is scheduled for publication in December 2017. Sadly, that is too late for our class. We will stick with the 4th edition for fall 2017.

Recommended Book

Optional: JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development, by Jon Duckett. Wiley, 2014 (at Amazon).


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