Interactive Web Sites (CIS250/47)

Professor: Priscilla Grocer

Office: K-112
Phone: 508-678-2811

Course Description (from catalog):

In this course, students create interactive Web sites using a variety of software that is current in the field. Web development is growing and changing with a wide variety of programming languages and frameworks being developed. Students will work with a variety of languages and tools as they develop sites. Students will also work with server-side data storage and retrieval. Prerequisite: CIS 120 and CIS 122 or permission of the instructor.

Course Objectives:

Students who successfully complete Interactive Web Sites will be able to:
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Material to be Covered:

  1. Developing sites static and interactive
  2. Introduction to Web Database Programming (Server Side)
  3. Continuing JavaScript from CIS122
  4. Introduction to Node.js
  5. Relational Database Concepts
  6. An Introduction to CGI and Perl
  7. Structured Query Language
  8. Introduction to ASP.NET if time permits
  9. Introduction to XML
  10. Other topics as determined by the instructor

Requirements and Grading:

The student will be expected to complete all assigned work. This is an advanced course and debugging is the responsibility of the student. Learning to effectively debug your own work is a critical programming skill. Homework assignments are due in a week unless otherwise specified There will be approximately one assignment per week (occasionally two). Quizzes, when given, will count as a homework assignment. In addition there will be a final exam. Grading percents are:
Your commitment: For each hour in class, you should plan to put in 2 to 3 hours outside of class so you need to recognize that commitment and include it in your planning.
Below there is a TENATIVE schedule of homework based on previous semesters that will give you an idea of what you need to accomplish to be successful in the class. You are also required to read the chapters in the book and do outside research as assigned.

Week #1/#2 Review of JavaScript from CIS122 Week #3, #4, #5 Intermediate and advanced JavaScript Week #6 Node.js Week #7 CGI/Perl basics Week #8 CGI/Perl loop and decisions
Week #9 Array Hash & Perl function Week #10 ASP code and database use Week #11 ASP and database assignment Week #12 XML Week #13 Continuing XML
Week #14/#15 Final project

Evaluation: Assignments, programs and exams are graded using either number grades or letter grades based on the following (A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F=below 60). The student's grade for the course will use the same scale and will be based on the percentages explained in the grading section. Plus and minus grades will be given.
Many of the assignments in this class are open ended - the grading will be based on how well the project demonstrates mastery of the material. Students who do a minimum of work will be graded accordingly. Assignments are only accepted if they are credible work and meet the minimum requirements and standards for that assignment. Assignments that are not accepted can be resubmitted. Resubmission is allowed on graded assignments, with permission of the instructor. You cannot earn an A+ on an assignment that is resubmitted. The instructor will only accept, without penalty, resubmissions on credible work. Resubmissions must be done within a week to avoid additional penalties for late assignments.
Note: To achieve an A+, on open-ended assignments, students must have done sufficient extra work in development or implementation tot make the assignment standout. In doing assignments, students must do their own work. Relying too heavily on my examples or working too closely with someone else will be penalized.
Assignments are due the week after they are assigned. Late assignments will be penalized. For purposes of this class, the week will end at midnight on Thursday. The new week will start on Monday morning.

Attendance: Attendance is based on email communication. Students must report their status once a week. This report can be combined with the submission of an assignment.

Methodology: This course is sometimes offered using Student Option and sometimes as a Hybrid. The material is available in class and on the web: it is a combination of lectures and interactive projects with supplementary information available on the Web site for the course. Lectures are recorded and put online and Smartboard notes are captured and put on line for all inclass sessions. For other classes, lectures and notes are available. All students should read the assigned notes, study the presentations available and avail themselves of other resources at the web site in mastering the course material. In addition, students will be working independently on projects designed to give them additional computer skills and practical experience in Visual Basic. When appropriate, exercises and problem solving techniques are used. This syllabus is not to be construed as a contract in any way, shape, manner or form. This syllabus contains a suggested course outline and will be generally followed, subject to change according to the instructor’s discretion and needs. Academic flexibility is important!

Bristol Community College Withdrawal Policy:
Students are responsible for withdrawing officially if they stop attending any or all classes. Faculty no longer have the ability to withdraw a student from a class. A grade of "F" will be assigned to any student who stops attending a course but does not officially withdraw. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before making any changes to their schedule. Withdrawals effect Satisfactory Academic Progress and can place the student at risk for academic probation or dismissal. Students who use financial aid and who subsequently withdraw may be required to return some or all funds received. Withdrawals are accepted until the tenth week of classes. Students may withdraw online in accessBCC, in person at any Enrollment Center, or via their college email to Email requests must come from the student's BCC college email address and must include the student's name, BCC student ID number, and course information (CRN, course and section number). Email from non-college accounts will not be accepted. If a student officially withdraws after the third week of classes, there will be no tuition or college fee refunds. For more information, see the College Catalog at: Students with questions should contact Enrollment Services via any of the methods mentioned above or at 774-357-2590.

Interaction Plan: This is an asynchronous course with synchronous components if you decide to attend classes. Communication includes email, audio of lectures, Smartboard notes of inclass notes, and on line office hours and help sessions. Other methods of on line communications may also be used. In addition open lab help session are scheduled and students may request in person meetings. Students must communicate with the instructor at least once a week via email and must turn in homework and participate in on line communication to be successful.