CS321 Web Programming I

for U1T 2008

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CS 321 Web Programming I


U1T 2008 DL


Kalata, Kathleen M.


Coordinator of Course Development/Adjunct Faculty


MS/MBA University of Illinois
Doctoral Student - Western Michigan University

Office Location

TBA in the Online Classroom

Office Hours

TBA in the Online Classroom

Daytime Phone

TBA in the Online Classroom



Semester Dates

Summer 2008

Class Days


Class Time




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 publish the homework and web projects 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. The Park Kidd Web Server will not support connecting via Windows Vista or Mac systems. Please plan accordingly. You will be required to upload all your homework to the Dropbox.
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.  (Your instructor will view the pages in IE 7.0 or higher)
  • 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. Windows Vista has a built-in compression software program.)
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 and the Course Participation in the online classroom for participation rubrics.

* 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. 

You are required to take a proctored final exam. You are required to complete a proctor form before the end of week 5. Students who do not complete the proctor form before the end of week 6 will have 25 points automatically deducted on the final exam.  
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 in the online classroom.


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, Syllabus, Instructor Office, Course Schedule, Course Overview, and Textbook and Resources. 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 from O'Reilly will be used as optional supplements and provided in the weekly home pages. You will use the O'Reilly book as a reference as you build your web pages.
Week Topic Readings from Sebesta Learning Assessments
1 The Internet and
1 Fundamentals
2 Introduction to XHTML
3 Cascading Style Sheets
7 Introduction to XML
Discussion 1
continued Discussion 2
Quiz 1
3 Java Applets Appendix A Java
Appendix C Applets
Handout on Java Applets
Discussion 3
4 Java Applets
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
Discussion 5
6 JavaScript/DHTML
continued Discussion 6
Quiz 3
7 Putting It All Together:
New Technologies
in Client-side/
Web Programming
16 Ajax (not on the final exam) Discussion 7 
8 Putting It All Together: 
O'Reilly: (not on the final exam)
33. Audio on the Web
34. Video on the Web
35. The Flash Platform
Discussion 8
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 .

Participation Requirements

Participation Requirements


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