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COM1000 Beginning HTML Overview

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and JS (Javascript) are the three primary languages that are used to create web pages. Every time you consume content on the web, those languages were used to create what you are seeing, hearing, reading, or watching.  If you’ve wanted to learn about basic web coding, now’s your chance.

Nashville State Community College has a a 13 week course on basic web coding this semester. It is being offered through the Visual Communications department. No coding experience is required. Classes begin on January 19, 2016,  so if you’re not a current student of NSCC you need to apply to the school and be admitted before you can enroll in the class.


Course Name: COM1000 Beginning HTML
Day/time: Thursday 6-9 PM
Location: Nashville State Community College, Main Campus (White Bridge Rd), Clement Building (C-108)

For more information contact:

Dale Rogers, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor, Web & Multimedia Design
Nashville State Community College
ofc: 615-353-3504


Anyone who creates content to be consumed on the World-Wide Web will at some point be face to face with the technologies that govern how that content is presented. Nashville State’s COM1000 Beginning HTML course covers that process.

We consume web content through an application called a “user-agent”. A user agent is some tool (an agent) that allows you (the user) to see, hear, read, watch, listen, or somehow consume content. Most typically, the user-agent is a web browser. The Web browser is the key to everything. As designers, podcasters, bloggers, marketers, trainers, salespeople, writers, illustrator, videographers, filmmakers, etc, we want to engage with our audience through the web browser. Therefore, we need to know a little something about how to get the browser to display our content as we intended it.

The three main languages that the browser uses to accomplish that are:

  1. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
  2. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
  3. JS (Javascript)

HTML allows us to put a structured object (an element), say a heading, paragraph, video, or an image, on a page. HTML contains tags that tell the browser what it can do with that element.

Every element has properties. When we want to determine the type of font, size, color, or location of a heading… when we want to determine the dimensions of a video, how it will be placed on the page, we use CSS to control an elements properties.

If we want to control an element’s properties based on some criteria, for example, when a button or link gets clicked, or a link is hovered, then we need to use scripting. That’s where Javascript comes in. It allows us to manipulate an object’s properties dynamically.

In COM1000 you will be introduced to the underlying languages that affect how content is displayed on a web page according to current best practices. It will give you the solid foundations for further exploration.

The course is part of Nashville State Community College’s Web Design concentration in the Visual Communications Associate in Applied Science degree. While the course is part of a degree, anyone from the community can enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

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eLearning and Instructional Designer. Web Designer. Assistant Professor for the Multimedia Design Concentration at Nashville State Community College. Eleven years with Nashville State. Seven years as a corporate trainer, teaching CAD, design, and office applications. Developed Associate in Applied Science degree program in Multimedia Design and teach web-standards, Flash, html, CSS, web animation, and design courses. Teach in both classroom and online environments. Education: M.Ed. in eLearning Technology and Design B.S. in Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology