CS321 Web Programming I

for S2T 2008

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CS 321 Web Programming I


S2T 2008 DLA


Tonsmann, Guillermo


Associate Professor of Computer Science


Ph.D. Computer Science, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Honors B.S. Computer Science, University of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)
M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, Potchefstroom University (Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Office Location

Austin Campus - Room 109

Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, or by e-mailed appointment



Semester Dates

S2T 2008

Class Days




Credit Hours


Textbook imageSebesta, R. W. (2006) Programming the World Wide Web, 4/E.
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN-10: 0321489691 
ISBN-13: 9780321489692 

* Please use the 4th edition, not the 3rd edition.
In addition to the textbook, additional lectures will be assigned each week which will have links to additional readings on the Web.

We have one required additional book that will be used for supplementary readings and reference.
Robbins, J. N. (2006) Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition: A Desktop Quick Reference 
Publisher: O'Reilly, 2006
ISBN 10: 0-596-00987-9    ISBN 13: 9780596009878
Sample online chapter - Chapter 16: Cascading Style Sheets Fundamentals (PDF Format)  To download Adobe Reader, visit the Help and Resource page and click on Software and Multimedia. You will need Adobe Reader version 8 or higher to view many of the files in the online classroom.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Web Server Access - You will be required to publish the homework and web project on a web server. Park University provides the Park Kidd web server for your convenience. Directions of how to access and publish to the Park Kidd web server are in Uploading to the Park Kidd Web Server in Course Home. The Park Kidd Web server is available to students free.
  1. Go to http://kidd.park.edu/
  2. Request a site: https://kidd.park.edu/request.aspx
  3. Directions for uploading a web page is here: https://kidd.park.edu/editingwebpages.aspx
All students should have completed this as soon as you read the syllabus, or on the first day of class. The earlier you submit your request, the earlier you will have access to your web site.
You are required to have access to the appropriate software to complete the activities in this course.
  • TextPad (http://captain.park.edu/cd/oshr/Pages_TechnicalHelp/textpad.aspx)
  • Java Development Kit and Runtime (JDK/JRE). Please use the most recent version for the JDK, Version 6 Update 3 or higher. (http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp. )
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher for viewing your web pages in a browser window. 
  • Zip & Compression Programs - Most of your homework will require you to submit more than 1 file. You must be able to save the compressed file as a ZIP, or self-extracting archive. (You must upload the file, which is WinZip compatible into the Online Classroom.
The prerequisite to this course is CS219 (Programming Fundamentals) CS 219 covers Java programming, including arrays, graphical user interface components, event-driven programming, exception handling. CS219 requires CS151 (Introduction to Programming) as a prerequisite which covers Java programming and variables, data types, strings, arithmetic and logical operators, branching statements, loops, debugging and object-oriented concepts such as classes, instance variables, methods and constructors. If you have not taken Java recently you may want to review basic Java programming. Here is one reference book that we recommend, or you may have a different textbook from your Java course that you may use to refresh your basic Java programming skills.
Introduction to Programming with Java: A Problem Solving Approach (Paperback) by John Dean (Author), Ray Dean (Author) (Available in January 2008) McGraw-Hill Science  ISBN-10: 0073047023   ISBN-13: 978-0073047027

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Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the various languages, tools and programming techniques used to program on the World Wide Web. The fundamentals of client-server programming will be emphasized. These topics will be covered: XHTML, cascading style sheets, Dynamic HTML, JavaScript, applets. Due to the particularly dynamic nature of the Web environment, course content will change as appropriate. Prerequisites: CS219. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

We are pleased to offer CS 321 online. CS 321 and CS 322 provide an overview of web programming. CS 321 provides an overview of the client-side technologies and CS 322 provides an overview of the server-side technologies. Together they provide businesses and individuals an opportunity to expand their reach beyond the physical walls of the organization. You are expected to be an active participant in the course. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain basic Internet concepts – Web browsers, Web servers, URL's, HTTP, applets, forms.
  2. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  3. Upload Web pages and applets to a Web server.
  4. Debug and test Web programs.
  5. Write Web pages and Web programs that use proper style.
  6. 6. Write Web pages and Web programs that use: -XHTML -Cascading Style Sheets -dynamic HTML -JavaScript -forms with controls -applets

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade (preferably, it will count for more). School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS 321 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.

There are four categories of questions in the final exam:

Critical thinking:

(relevant learning outcomes – 2, 6)

Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).

Exam questions: 18-19

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

Communication: (relevant learning outcome – 5)

Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).

Short answer questions that ask the student to explain various concepts and trace and debug code fragments and/or programs.

Exam questions: 15-19

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

Key discipline concepts/terminology:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 5, 6)

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 321 concepts.

Exam questions: 1-14

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

Technical skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 4, 6)

Short answer questions that ask the student to explain various concepts and trace and debug code fragments and/or programs.

Exam questions: 15-17

See the exam solution for details on how to score the questions.

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam graded.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

Class Assessment:

The course grades consist of a 1,000-point potential for each student, based upon the following components. Participation includes weekly attendance, active involvement in course functions, contribution to threaded discussions, and support of other classmates. * See the Course Schedule for due dates for all of the assignments.

* See the Course Schedule for due dates for all of the assignments.


Pts Each

Total Points

Percentage (%)

Participation in Weekly Discussions (8)




Lab Homework (3)




Graded Quizzes (3)



Final Exam







Final Exam
All CS321 courses use the same core assessment The core assessment for this course is a final exam, which counts for 20% of the grade and covers at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. The final exam is something you need to start studying for the first day of class! You will be required to create small web programs during the exam without the aid of a computer. Therefore, you should practice by creating your practice and homework pages manually in Notepad or Textpad and not a web page editor such as FrontPage or Dreamweaver.
Quizzes cover concepts and syntax and may be taken from the lectures, textbook or additional readings, and discussion threads:
  • HTML/CSS – 40 pts
  • Java Applet – 30 pts
  • JavaScript/DHTML – 30 pts

Here is a breakdown of the Homework/Lab Activities: 

Week Due
Total Points
XHTML & Internet/ Cascading Style Sheets
Java Applets

In this course, an A is given to students who excel in meeting the standards. Web homework is graded based on criteria which include web site organization and navigation, creativity, presentation and design, documentation, program design efficiency and functionality. You are given 2 weeks for each assignment. No late assignements are accepted. A grading rubric is provided with each assignment.  


There is NO rounding.





90-100 %



80-89.9 %



70-79.9 %



60-69.9 %


Below 599

Below 59.9 %

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  • No late assignments will be accepted. *
  • No incompletes will be given. **

Technical difficulties, problems with computer software, web server, work schedule or other problems are not excuses for late homework. If your assignment is late, you will receive a 0 for the assignment.

However, the instructor does grade the code and gives credit even if the assignment is incomplete or does not function correctly. You are BETTER off turning in your assignment, then skipping it!

* The instructor reserves the right to make exceptions in special cases such as military deployment or death in the immediate family. Proof will be required. 
** All students will receive a final grade. If you miss the final exam for any reason, an F will be given as the final grade. You must take the final exam during week 8.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Student Responsibilities:

  • Read the Course Home page and Syllabus.
  • Read the Instructor Office, Course Schedule, Course Overview, and Course Documents. It is also recommended that you print out this information for your reference. These supplement this syllabus. New students should complete the Course Tour in the Help and Resources page.
  • Read the Course Announcements each time you log into the course. Read your Park email (PirateMail) regularly while you are taking this course.
  • Post an introduction about yourself in the Introductions page.
  • Read each Weekly Home page. Complete the assigned readings, learning activities, and assessments each week according to the class schedule.
  • Arrange for a proctor for the final exam according to Park policies. Complete a proctored final exam. Students who do not complete the proctored final exam during the last week of class receive an automatic F.
  • Comply with all Park University policies and procedures.
  • Submit all the homework and projects on time
    • Using the Dropbox, and packaged using WinZip or compatible software. Your instructor will not grade assignments that not submitted correctly.
    • Uploaded onto a web server. A copy must be uploaded to a live web server. We provide students free access to a web server. (See above) You must submit your request to create your web site when you read this syllabus or on the first day of class.
  • Contacting the instructor: Per CDL policies, the instructor will respond to student email, when the questions are personal nature or related to grades. The instructor will respond in a timely fashion ONLY if the subject line is CS321! At times, your email may not be received by the instructor. For example some student email may be identified as spam or filtered by the email programs. If this happens, and you do not receive a response within 2 business days, please contact the instructor in the Instructor Office.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

You will be able to view your course content on the first day of the week (Mondays).  The sequence of topics in the course is linear. Complete Week 1 before starting Week 2 content. Discussions are due on Thursday at midnight CST and Sunday at noon CST. Lab Homework is due on Sunday at noon CST. Quizzes are due on Sunday at midnight CST.  
Below is a listing of the topics, textbook reading assignments and learning assessments. Additional learning activities such as powerpoint presentations, tutorials, and handouts are also included in each weeks assignments.
Readings  Readings Learning Assessments
Week Topic Sebesta O'Reilly  
1 The Internet and
Readings from Sebesta
1 Fundamentals
2 Introduction to XHTML
3 Cascading Style Sheets
7 Introduction to XML
1. Web Standards
2. Designing for a Variety of Browsers
3. Designing for a Variety of Displays
4. A Beginner’s Guide to the Server
20. Color and Backgrounds
28. Web Graphics Overview
29. GIF Format
30. JPEG Format
31. PNG Format
Appendix B. CSS 2.1 Properties
Appendix D. Specifying Color
Chapter 16: CSS Fundamentals
(in PDF Format) is also at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/
Discussion 1
continued continued Discussion 2
Quiz 1
3 Java Applets Appendix A Java Appendix C Applets
Handout on Java Applets
Java Applets Page 201
Discussion 3
4 Java Applets
continued continued Discussion 4
Lab 2 DUE (Java Applets)
Quiz 2
5 Basics of JavaScript,
JavaScript and HTML Documents, and
Dynamic Documents with JavaScript
4 JavaScript
5 JavaScript and HTML
6 Dynamic Documents with JavaScript

26. Introduction to JavaScript
27. DOM Scripting
Discussion 5
6 JavaScript/DHTML
continued continued Discussion 6
Quiz 3
7 Putting It All Together:
New Technologies
in Client-side/
Web Programming
14 Ruby
15 Rails
16 Ajax
(This is not tested on the final exam)
Additional Topics of Interest
(This will not be on the final exam)
32. Animated GIFs
33. Audio on the Web
34. Video on the Web
35. The Flash Platform
36. Printing from the Web
Discussion 7
(will include a
research question)
8 Putting It All Together: 
continued continued
Discussion 8
(will include a
research question)
Proctored Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Course Attendance requirements will require all students to log into the course at least once during each week.
If you log into the course, you are assumed to be a student in the course.

If you want to withdraw, please do so right away. Other students may be able to enroll. Furthermore, there are deadlines set by Park regarding the procedures for withdrawal and tuition and fees. Please contact Park registration right away if you plan to withdraw.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

* Please refer to the Course Overview and other documents in the Course Home in the Online Classroom.

General Directions for All Lab Homework


Program Help - If you have difficulty with this assignment, please post the question to the Q & A discussion thread. The instructor is not necessarily participating in the Q & A thread, but they will read it. The Q & A is for you to communicate with your students, like a large study group. If you have a question, post it to the main discussion thread for that week.

IF you have a problem with some code, post the code or the web pages that contain the code! We cannot help each other if we cannot look at the code!


* The Q & A is for everyone to participate. The instructor will respond as well, but not answer every question. This is a study room, so everyone should participate. If your question is not answered by the instructor or another student 3 days, then, you may post it to the Ask the Instructor page.

Creating your web pages - Create the page using any text editor such as Notepad or a web page editor. If you use a web page editor, you must be able to create and edit your own XHTML code manually. Remember - you will not be able to have an editor when you complete your final exam! You must be able to write the code on paper! You “may” use an editor to verify your code after you have written the code or use validation programs to verify your code.

File Name Convention - Please follow the file name convention on the assignment pages. If you do not, your homework will lose points.

Web Server Access - You will be required to publish the homework and web project on a web server. Park University provides the Park Kidd web server for your convenience. Directions of how to access and publish to the Park Kidd web server are in Uploading to the Park Kidd Web Server in Course Home. 

Upload your web page to the Dropbox - You must upload the homework to the Dropbox. You MUST use a compression program compatible with WinZip, such as WinZip, to place them into one file. Locate information on WinZip in the Help and Resource page in the Software and Multimedia page. If you do not zip your files, the instructor will not grade the assignment and you may lose all points on the assignment!

Class Discussions Directions

Each student brings different life experiences, points of view, and ways of knowing to our classroom and our learning environment. Everyone should plan to become an active member of the learning community.

Participation” means

1) forming supportive and inquiring relationships with other students in the class through postings to one another, sharing points of view, and providing encouragement and constructive critique,

2) reading the assigned readings before beginning your assignments and online development, and

3) applying readings to the virtual discussions and course development.

Required graded discussions will take place during weeks 1-8.

You are also required to complete the Introductions discussion during week 1.

Course Participation requirements will require you to log in more frequently and are outlined in detail in the course syllabus. (see below for additional information on participation requirements and grading criteria.)

* If you cannot participate adequately, you should consider taking this course in a face to face mode. Learning how to program, and program web applications is complex and requires substantial reading and practice. You cannot simply skim readings, complete a single web page and expect to do well in the course.

Please consider your time available in this course. Remember, face to face courses meet 3 hours a week and the standard homework and reading time assigned in higher education is 3 hours per 1 hour of lecture. That's about 12 hours a week of work.

Of course, each student's time will vary. You can do your reading offline, compose your discussion responses offline, and practice creating your pages offline. However, you will be expected to participate frequently and submit your assignments online. You should be starting to work on your final web project and studying for the final, starting the first week of class! Lack of your ability to prepare and study will impact your ability to learn the material and therefore will likely impact your grade.

How I use the rubric: You start with 50 points each week. I read your posts.

  • If no postings are made in any discussion, you get an automatic 0. If you are late, you do not receive credit.
  • If you only posted once in each discussion question, you can receive 25 points at maximum. In other words, do not skip a question!
  • If the content in your postings overall is inadequate in any of the areas, then, the rubric below is used.

Do NOT use Wikipedia or your book as a primary reference in any discussion! You can mention it, but your discussion should also contain other resources! As you see in the rubric, you need outside resources, not just your textbook!

You MUST read ALL postings by the instructor!

Participation Rubric - Please review the attached Participation Requirements page which contains a grading rubric for your participation in this course.  

Participation Requirements

Participation Requirements


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