CS321 Web Programming I

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CS 321 Web Programming I


S1T 2011 DL


Kalata, Kathleen M.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


MS University of Illinois
MBA University of Illinois

Office Location

In the Online Classroom

Office Hours

In the Online Classroom

Daytime Phone

In the Online Classroom



Web Page

In the Online Classroom

Semester Dates

S1T 2011

Class Days


Class Time

In the Online Classroom



Credit Hours



Lagerstrom, L. (2003)
Programming the Web Using XHTML and JavaScript, First edition

Publisher: McGraw-Hill
ISBN-10:  ISBN 0-07-256031-2
ISBN-13: 9780072560312

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.
Introduction to Programming with Java Applets
OptionalEdition: 3RD 10 • Boese, Elizabeth Sugar 
This book is optional. IF you have not taken Java, are weak in Java or took it a long time ago, we do recommend this book. We will refer to readings in this book and examples as well as examples on other web sites. This book will walk you through many of the examples of the applets which are similar to what you will be expected to create for your homework assignments. However, we will only cover the content from weeks 3 and 4 which is a short time. On the other hand, because it is a short time, we cover alot of material in a short time. Your main textbook does not cover applets at all, and there is very little in the Robbins book. So, this is optional, but highly recommended for students who are taking this course online. Links to the textbook web site are provided in the online classroom. Please make sure to get the latest edition!
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 - OPTIONAL for online students - The Park Kidd Web server is available to students free. This is not a requirement for your homework. However, IF you are interested, you may request a folder on the web site. Please be aware that you should focus on completing your homework first, then, if you have time, upload it to the web site. We will cover how to upload web pages to web servers in week 8. The web server is not in the insrtuctors control, and many students may not be able to access the server from their computers due to issues such as vista, operating systems (Mac) as well as firewalls and other security issues. The uploading to the server requires https, and does not have ftp access.
  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
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:
CS321 Web Programming: 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. 
Please note, that we expect students to not only read the book, but to do the exercises and practice. The homework is for applying what you learned. It's not just - type this. Rather, you take a problem that you identify and create a web site to meet those needs as well as demonstrate what you have learned. A grades are given for conistently exceeding the requirements, not just meeting the minimum!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate and analyze basic Internet concepts – web browsers, web servers, URL's, HTTP, applets, forms.
  2. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  3. Use a publishing tool to upload web pages and applets to a web server.
  4. Analyze web programs in order to test, debug, and improve them.
  5. Appraise web pages and web programs to ensure that they use proper coding conventions and documentation.
  6. Formulate 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. School policy also dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes.

For this course, the core assessment tool is a final exam. Teachers must create their own final exam and pattern it after the CS321 example exam found in the password-protected ICS PirateNet faculty area, https://piratenet.park.edu/ics/Offices/ICS/Faculty.jnz. To avoid collaboration between students in different sections, teachers should not use the example exam's questions verbatim. But teachers are required to cover its same content, and they are strongly encouraged to follow its format closely.

In the final exam, there are two broad categories of questions that we evaluate separately – concepts and problem solving:

Concepts (terminology and concepts that should be memorized): relevant learning outcomes – 1

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

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

For example questions, see the CS321 example exam, questions 1-20.

Problem solving (technical skills, critical thinking, and communication):

relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4, 5, 6

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

For example questions, see the CS321 example exam, questions 21-23.

Recommended guideline for evaluating the core assessment final exam:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence


≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

no exam graded

Problem solving

≥ 75%

50% to 74%

< 50%

no exam graded

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.  You WILL be asked to provide documentation!
** 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. You must complete the proctor form by the Friday of week 4!
You need to make sure to complete the proctor form completely. Put the official rank and job title of the proctor, work place location and work contact information. Not having the information may result in dissapproval of the proctor. We follow the Park policies on proctor approval strictly. If you are near a Park testing center you need to take the final exam there. No personal emails will be used for proctor contact.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Student Responsibilities:

  • Read the Course Home page and Syllabus, 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 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.
    • The instructor will NOT accept homework via email.
  • 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.
  • Email should be sent from the Online Classroom to ensure prompt processing AND have the subject as CS321.  

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.   Please not the times assignments are due.
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.
Course Schedule

Please follow the schedule posted in the online classroom.

  1.  Each week there will be a lecture which may include additional links to department handouts and web resources which are required readings.
  2. Each week there are discussion topics related to web programming and development, practice exercises, and debugging exercises. These are required and graded participation. Please refer to the participation rubric in the online classroom for the grading criteria for participation.
  3.  Each week there are practice quizzes for self-assessment (not graded)

These readings are updated in the Course Schedule page in the online classroom. Any changes or details will be provided by the instructor in the course announcements.

Week 1 – The Internet, WWW, XHTML and CSS

  • Sign up for a web site on the Kidd Web Server. (Optional only)
  • Readings from Lagerstrom:
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Internet
  • Chapter 2: Creating a Basic Web Page
  • Chapter 3: Cascading Style Sheets
  • Optional Readings: Robbins contains chapters on web standards, web design, color, and web graphics.
  • Department Handouts: 
  • Expressions Web Tutorial which also contains the steps to setup a web site on the Kidd Web Server.
  • XHTML Coding Conventions  
  • External Style Sheets Tutorial  
  • Discussion Questions

Week 2 – The Internet and WWW, XHTML, CSS (continued)

  • Readings from Lagerstrom:
  • Chapter 4: Attributes, Lists and Tables
  • Chapter 5: Images, Links and Multimedia
  • Chapter 6: Web Page Design and Layout
  • Discussion Questions
  • Quiz #1 HTML and CSS covers Chapter 1 – 6
  • Lab Homework Assignment #1 Creating a mini-web site with XHTML and CSS

Week 3 – Java Applets

Week 4 – Java Applets (continued)

  • Readings: Readings on the web are included with the lecture and are listed in the Online Classroom
  • Proctor Form is due!
  • Discussion Questions
  • Quiz #2 Java Applets – covers weeks 3 and 4 content
  • Lab Homework Assignment #2 Creating Applets

Week 5 Introduction to JavaScript

  • Readings from Lagerstrom:
  • Chapter 7: Introduction to Programming and JavaScript
  • Chapter 8: Objects and Variables
  • Chapter 9: Functions and Parameters
  • E-Lectures (optional) – Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9
  • Department Handouts: JavaScript Coding Conventions
  • Discussion Questions

Week 6 Forms, JavaScript and DHTML

  • Readings from Lagerstrom:
  • Chapter 10: Forms and the Interactive Surfer
  • Chapter 11: Performing Calculations
  • Chapter 12: Increasing the Interactivity
  • E-Lectures (optional) – Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12
  • Lab Homework Assignment #3 Using JavaScript to create interactivity and process forms

Week 7 Advanced JavaScript

  • Readings from Lagerstrom:
  • Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Online Quizzes and Slide Shows
  • Chapter 14: Loops and Arrays
  • Chapter 15: Strings, Dates, and Cookies
  • Chapter 17: JavaScript with Frames and Windows
  • E-Lectures (optional) – Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 17
  • Review the Study Guide for the final exam
  • Discussion Questions
  • Quiz #3 JavaScript covers Chapter 7–15, 17

Week 8

  • Review for the final exam
  • Discussion Questions which will include newer technologies as well as uploading web pages to a web site.
  • Complete the 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
There is zero tolerance for academic dishonesty. Cheating is not tolerated by the instructors or the department or university and will be reported and pursued. Discussion threads are for collarboration and learning. But, homework activities are where you show what you have learned. If you use images or code from other sources you are required to identify the source with the code.

You are expected to cite your references in APA format, even in the discussion threads each week. Information on APA format is provided in the online classroom. Learning how to cite references and use scholarly references is an important part of university learning. Wikipedia, wikis, forums and personal web pages are not sufficient or scholarly references. You must use a professional or scholarly resource for your references. Professional articles and web sites are allowed.

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
You will be asked to submit web programming homework. All images and graphics need have the course cited in the comments of the code. The source of any third party code or scripts used must clearly be documented in the code and will not be counted toward your grade.

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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. This includes even for a single minute!

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. We have had students who used editors and did poorly on the assignments. So, if you are not sure, use the text editor, not web page editor.
  • File Name Convention - Please follow the file name convention on the assignment pages. If you do not, your homework will lose points and will be graded last! Your folder and the zip file should always be named after your lastname_homework# where # is the number of the homework assignment.
  • Upload your web page to the Dropbox - You must upload the homework to the Dropbox as a single ZIP file which uses the same naming convention as above. 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! Homework is graded in the order it was submitted.  

Class Discussions and Participation 

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. 

  • 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 Course Participation for the rubric in the Online Classroom 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.  
  • 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 Participation Requirements in the Course Participation page which contains a grading rubric for your participation in this course.  


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