The Microsoft Office Live team has created a free book entitled "Build a Web site That Sells" that may be useful in web design classes. The book "includes tips, techniques, and tools to help you design an effective and engaging Web site, generate more Web site traffic, maximize search engine results, provide a more secure online experience, and much more."
It's designed in part for customers of the Windows Office Live program which offers both free and paid services for business professionals but includes a lot of information that is useful for anyone who wants to create a professional or professional looking web site. Just the sort of supplemental material for a web design course. And of course the price (FREE) makes it the kind of tool schools can afford.
Download the book from here.