CIW Foundations Certification Exam
Class Hours: 1
Credit Hours: 1
Laboratory Hours: 0
Date Revised: December 2007
Catalog Course Description: The preparatory course for the CIW
Foundations exam focuses on web-design skills that are not product-
or system-specific and covers fundamental concepts in Internet, Web Page
Design, and Networking. This course will use materials that allow students to instantly
evaluate the level of IT knowledge achieved and will include practice exams.
Entry Level Standards:
Students taking this course should be proficient in Windows
Textbook(s) and other Reference Material Basic to the Course:
is no additional textbook for this course.
Online Assessment license. This will be provided to you by your
Foundations Certification Exam. You can either take the certification
exam at Pellissippi State through the CIW Exam Membership Program
(half price~$75) or go to a Prometric Testing
Center to take the
exam (~$150). If you take the exam at PSTCC, your instructor will
order your exam with your lab fee. The certification exam costs
approximately $75 for this course (you have already paid a lab fee as part
of your tuition that covers the price of the CIW exam for this course).
Information on the CIW Foundations Certification Exam can be
. This exam (CIW Foundations 1D0-510) specifically
a total of 85 items—all are scored. The breakdown of scored items
by part: Internet Business Foundations--30 items; Site Development
Foundations--30 items; Networking Technology Foundations--25 items. To
certify, you must correctly answer at least 54 of the 85 scored
questions to achieve a total score of 63% or greater.
will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
item offers four solutions or distracters. Exam candidates must select the
one best solution for each item.
Foundations exam measures skills that are not product-
or system-specific. They are a combination of minimal technical and
non-technical skills and knowledge required for those interested in
developing specific Internet skills as a Web site designer. The exam tests
the following common core of Internet skills:
infrastructure required to support an Internet connection, including
hardware and software components.
important Internet communications protocols and their roles in delivering
basic Internet services.
the basic principles of the Domain Name System (DNS).
how Web browsers can be used to access the World Wide Web and other
how e-mail clients can be used to send simple messages and files to other
Internet services, including but not limited to news, FTP, Gopher,
Telnet, and network performance utilities such as ping and traceroute.
user customization features in Web browsers, including preferences,
caching, and cookies.
security issues related to Web browsing and e-mail, including certificates
how to use different types of Web search engines effectively.
how to use the Web to obtain legal and international business
issues in developing a corporate Web site, including but not limited to
project management, testing, and legal issues.
how HTML files are formatted to maintain compatibility with older Web
how to include images and graphical formatting in HTML files.
how to create a basic HTML form that accepts user input.
how to test and analyze Web site performance issues.
the features and appropriate use of XML.
networking and its role in the Internet, including protocols, packets,
and the OSI reference model.
the role of networking hardware, and configure common PC hardware for
the relationship between IP addresses and domain names, including
assignment of IP addresses within a subnet.
the function and components of the Web server.
common Internet security issues, including user-level and
common performance issues affecting Internet servers and resources,
including analysis and diagnosis.
how to transmit text and binary files using popular Internet services,
including the Web and e-mail.
NOTE: It is not necessary to pass the certification exam in order to
pass this course. You will receive credit for taking the exam.
The following software should be installed on your system before beginning
Windows (98/2000/Me or XP)
Acrobat Reader. Download free from
Online Assessment license. Your instructor will enroll you in the CIW
Online Assessment system. This system will provide you with with practice activities that you will use to
pre-assess your skills and review the material covered on the actual
NOTE: This course is one of a series in the Certified Internet Webmaster
(CIW) program offered at Pellissippi
State. The CIW
certification program validates job-role skills competency for entry-level job
seekers and seasoned professionals alike. Candidates can earn CIW certificates
in various information technology (IT) job roles, from the foundational CIW
Associate certification, continuing to CIW Professional and specialization
certifications, and up to advanced-level Master CIW certifications. The course
prepares you for the Master CIW Designer certification. For detailed
information, see CIW's website at http://www.ciwcertified.com/.
I. Week (Phase)/Unit/Topic Basis:
Fall/Spring Weeks 1-6
Summer Weeks 1-4
The instructor will work with you to determine a date
toward the end of the semester when you wish to schedule for the exam to be
given; you must schedule the exam at least three weeks in advance of
when you wish to take it. You can take the exam once. If you take the
exam in the PSTCC CIW Exam lab, your scores will be recorded by the
instructor and factored into your grade for this course; if you choose to
take the exam in testing center not associated with PSTCC, you will fax your
test scores to the instructor so the score can be factored into your grade.
During Phase I of the semester, you will be studying and working through
the companion CIW course (for this exam, the co-requisite course is WEB 2200
CIW Foundations). During this time, you can be using the CIW Online
Assessment system to practice and review the material presented.
Fall/Spring Weeks 7-12
Summer Weeks 5-6
Use CIW Online Assessment to review and practice
for the CIW Foundations Certification Exam. Here are some of the activities D
you can use to help review and prepare for the certification exam:
to take a practice exam. The exams simulate the actual tests.
the quizzes as your work through WEB 2200 CIW Foundations course to be
sure you have mastered the material in the manual. The materials allow
study modes for adaptive learning
study plan and progress reports
questions and reference tools
of actual testing environments
and references back to CIW instructor-led courseware
testing on missed questions
Fall/Spring Weeks 13-15
Summer Weeks 7-8
Continue to use CIW Online Assessment to review and
practice for the CIW Foundations Certification Exam.
Take Course Quizzes: Quizzes have been created in
this course.You can take Practice Quizzes (10 items
each) before taking the 25-item Quiz that will count. The questions for all
quizzes are randomly drawn from the test bank. Your performance on these
quizzes will indicate to the instructor that you are studying and learning
the skills presented from the companion course and that you are progressing
toward successful completion of the certification exam.
Schedule and complete CIW Foundations Certification
Exam. You need to schedule the date and time for your exam at least
three weeks in advance. This is the lead time ProSoft
needs for the certification exam to be ordered and scheduled for downloading
to the CIW lab at PSTCC. Your instructor will notify you when to complete the
sign up form. The certification exam can be taken only once in this
II. Course Objectives*:
to use the Internet and its wide array of useful resources. (I,II,III)
key Internet technologies, such as Web browsers, e-mail, newsgroups, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Telnet, and search
both Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer to access rich
multimedia, including RealPlayer, Shockwave and Flash content.
- Use a
variety of Web-based search engines to conduct advanced searches and learn
the basics of electronic commerce and security issues. (III,VI)
Web page creation and other aspects of Web authoring. (I,II,III)
Web pages in a text editor and a graphic user interface (GUI) editor.
to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and study the basics of Extensible
the Document Object Model (DOM). (I,II,III,IV,V)
simple Web pages containing text, graphics, hyperlinks, tables, forms, and
fundamental networking concepts and practices. (V,VI)
network architecture and standards, networking protocols, TCP/IP, Internet
servers, server-side scripting and database connectivity, principles of
e-commerce, and security.(V,VI)
*Roman numerals after course objectives reference goals of the Web
III. Instructional Processes:*
The student will use the following processes to accomplish the objectives of this
technology to teach Web page creation and other aspects of Web authoring.
(Technological literacy outcome)
web research to investigate areas of interest in building web sites.(Technological
interactive learning through writing, listening, and speaking in the
collaborative activities. (Communication outcome)
research activities to promote independent thinking. (Active Learning
software tools and web development skills to develop web sites that are
attractive, funcational, and efficient. (Technological
key Internet technologies, such as Web browsers, e-mail, newsgroups, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Telnet, and search
engines. (Technological literacy outcome)
*Strategies and outcomes listed after instructional processes reference Pellissippi State's goals for strenghthening
general education knowledge and skills, connecting course work to experiences
beyond the classroom, and encouraging students to take active and responsible
roles in the educational process.
IV. Expectations of Student Performance*:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
the evolution of the Internet. (A)
Transmission Comtrol Protocol/Internet Protocol
(TCP/IP) and state how the Internet uses it. (A,J)
how the client/server model functions on the Internet. (A)
push and pull technologies. (A)
the elements required to connect an Internet client to the Internet. (B)
several criteria for selecting an Internet Service Provider (ISP). (B)
and describe major Internet protocols, such as Hypertext Transfer Protocol
(HTTP), e-mail, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and newsgroups. (B)
domain names and virtual domains. (B)
the functions of the ICANN and the InterNIC. (B)
the purpose and function of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). (A,B)
the difference among the Internet, intranets, and extranets. (A,B)
the current structure of the Internet. (B)
the origins of the World Wide Web and explain the difference between the
Web and the Internet. (A)
the term legacy application. (A)
view, and navigate Web pages using various Web browsers. (B,C)
Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). (B,C)
Web page source code. (B,E)
preferences to customize a Web browser. (A,B,C)
browser homepages and manage history folders. (A,B,C)
and emply browser caches. (A,B,C)
and organize frequently used Web page addresses in the Favorites and
Bookmarks folders. (A,B,C)
browser image loading. (A,B,C,H)
the function of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). (A,B)
and receive e-mail messages using various e-mail client programs. (A,B)
and practice "netiquette." (A,B)
and download files using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). (A,B)
the functions of the FTP get and put commands. (A,B)
and post messages to newsgroups. (A,B)
resources using Telnet. (A,B)
objects and their relationships to multimedia. (C)
and VBScript, and describe how they are related to each other. (A,E,G)
the purpose of plug-ins and identify plug-ins and viewers, including RealNetworks RealPlayer, Macromedia Shockwave and
Flash players, Apple Quicktime, and Adobe
Acrobat Reader. (A,C,E)
to and view multimedia objects within your browser. (A,C,E)
various file formats, such as MPEG, MP3, MOV, AIFF, AU, WAV, AVI, EPS,
TIFF, and RTF. (A,E,H)
the function of search engines, their use of keywords, and the functions
of statis, keywork and
full-text searches. (D)
search engines to seek information by using AND, OR, AND NOT, NOT, NEAR,
wildcards, plus and minus signs, and Boolean operators to search for
graphics, people, and mailing lists on the Internet. (D)
cookies and their purpose and control Web server access to cookie files on
your computer. (D)
browser security preferences. (D,I,J)
how authentication, digital certificates, and encryption provide Web
a computer virus and explain how to protect your computer from virus
the purposes of proxy servers and firewalls. (E,J)
electronic commerce and compare it to traditional commerce. (J)
the principal features of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI, Secure
Electronic Transactions (SET), and smart cards. (J)
between creating Web pages using an HTML text editor and a GUI HTML
Web page design issues and strategies for developing accessible Web pages.
front-end Web page design issues such as the interface, and back-end Web
design issues, such as bandwidth and page names. (E)
HTML document structure tags, use HTML tags properly, and create simple
HTML pages. (F)
image files as stand-alone graphics into web pages, use the Web-safe color
palette, and create backgrounds with color and tiled images. (F)
hyperlinks for text and images and link to local files, remote sites, and
internal anchors within the same file. (F,H)
simple and complete HTML tables, understanding the use of table border lines
and formatting table rows and cells using attributes. (F,H)
HTML form elements, construct a Web form using all the HTML form elements,
and test the Web form using a public test engine. (F,H)
client-side image maps by defining the rectangle, circle, and polygon
areas in an image and linking the defined areas to URLs. (F,H)
image transparency, image interlacing. (F,H)
frames and the purpose of the frameset document. (F,H)
frames and identify and use the frames tags, targeting links from one
frame to another and specifying default targets using the BASE tag. (F,H)
and use different types of GUI HTML editors that create HTML
how SHTML relates to HTML and XML and create XHTML documents. (F,G)
network architectures and provide at least two defining characteristics
for each. (I)
the basic network topology characteristics. (I)
the major operating systems--Miscrosoft Windows,
UNIX, and Novell NetWare--and their respective clients. (I)
the Open Systems Interconnection reference model (OSI/RM), including the
layers and functions at each level. (I)
packets and describe packet creation. (I)
key internetworking protocols and explain the need for multiprotocol
networks; compare, contrast, and discuss the functions of network
the nature, purpose, and operation essentials of TCP/IP. (I,J)
the basics of a local area network (LAN) and a wide area network (WAN).
and describe the Internet architecture model and various Internet
and describe the functions and features of file and print, HTTP, proxy,
caching, mail, mailing list, media, DNS, FTP, news, certificate,
directory, catalog, fax, and transaction servers. (I,J)
the uses of server-side scripting and define gateways. (I,J)
the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) and differentiate between client-side
and server-side scripting. (I,J)
the need for network security and identify resources that need security.
and discuss the five major types of firewalls. (I,J)
*Letters after performance expectations reference the course objectives
for Emerging Technologies Skills Standards:*
to identify key sources of information (NWCET A1)
of subject matter (NWCET A1)
of the types of features and functions and their implementation (NWCET A3)
of concept development options and methodologies (NWCET A5)
of methods and tools to present functional and technical specifications
of web technology (NWCET A5)
of web-safe palettes and colors (NWCET A5)
of graphic design and layout principles (NWCET A5)
to design content structure (NWCET A6)
of site mapping and information mapping techniques (NWCET A6)
of selected technologies and their limitations and constraints (NWCET A8)
of various graphical applications and sources of graphic images (NWCET B3)
to develp aesthetically pleasing elements (NWCET
*eLearnIT courses are being developed using the National Workforce Center
for Emerging Technologies' IT Skills Standards. These Skill Standards establish
the agreed-upon, industry-identified knowledge, skills, and abilities required
to succeed in the workplace and provide benchmarks of skill and performance
attainment that are behavioral and measurable. These Skill Standards are
referenced in parentheses.
- 50% of grade: Completion of CIW Foundations
Certification Exam. You do not have to pass the certification exam to
pass this course. Your grade for this portion will be determined by the
number of points you get correct on the exam. This will be combined with
the points you earn on the other two percentage components of the course
(Quizzes and Online Communication Tools) shown below.
90 % of total correct = A
80 % of total correct = B
70 % of total correct = C
60 % of total correct = D
<60 % of total correct = F
- 40% of grade: Quizzes--Online. Quizzes
delivered online through this course will be used to measure your progress
as you work independently with the CIW Online Assessment system. The
questions you are studying and practicing will be included in a question
database to be delivered in 25-item quizzes. Questions will be randomly
selected from the database for each student for each quiz.
- 10% of grade: Online Communication Tools.
Students will use email and discussion board to communicate with
instructor and with each other.
The following grading scale will be used in this course:
Pellissippi State Technical
Community College expects
students to attend all scheduled instructional activities. As a minimum, students
in all courses (excluding videotape and Web courses) must be present for at
least 75 percent of their scheduled class and laboratory meetings in order to
receive credit for the course. (Pellissippi
Some exams are to be taken at the Testing
Center at Pellissippi State.
Policy requires that you have a photo ID to take a test in the Testing Center. Children are not allowed in the Testing Center. For location, hours, etc., refer
to the Testing Center web site.
If you are taking this course at a distance and cannot come to the Pellissippi State Testing
Center, it will be your
responsibility to make arrangements for a proctored exam. Contact your
instructor to discuss this matter.
You are expected to submit only work that you do yourself. Do not
collaborate on work with other students unless you are given a group project.
Failure to observe these rules could result in you receiving a failing grade or
being dismissed from the class with a grade of F.
Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic misconduct are prohibited. A
student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through
participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the
class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed
through the regular Pellissippi State procedures as a result of academic
misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the
exercise or examination or to assign an F in the course. (Pellissippi State
Facilities: Students must have a valid Pellissippi ID to be presented on demand
to gain access to Pellissippi facilities.
Americans with Disabilities Policy:
If you require an accommodation in order to function effectively in this
class, please contact the Director for Students with Disabilities by phone at 865-539-7153
as soon as possible. ADA Contact Information Web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm.
Hardware/Software Requirements for this
- Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or
- Microsoft Windows XP with
Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate or Enterprise
(certified for 32-bit editions)
- 1 GB of RAM
- 5 GB of available hard-disk
- 1024 x 768 monitor
resolution with 16-bit video card
- CD-ROM drive (DVD
Internet connection such as cable modem or DSL recommended, if possible
- Crypto System FineCrypt
version 1.0 (available on the student supplemental CD-ROM that ships with
Netscape 7.0 (full installation)
- PowerPC G4 or G5 or multicore Intel processor
- Mac OS X v.10.4.8
- 1 GB of RAM
- 7 GB of available hard-disk
- 1024 x 768 monitor
resolution with 16-bit video card
- CD-ROM (DVD preferred)
- High-speed Internet
connection such as cable modem or DSL recommended, if possible
CD-ROM. Each coursebook includes a supplemental CD-ROM with files that
are referenced and used in the course (if assigned).