Interactive Web Sites - CIS47

Professor: Priscilla Grocer

Office: K-112

Course Description (from catalog):

This course will cover creating interactive Web Sites. The student will learn about CGI (Common Gateway Interface) and CGI Scripts. The emphasis will be on Perl and the unique features it offers to make effective CGI applications. The student will learn about the protocols that gover Web communication. Finally the student will learn to develop an internet database tat can be accessed from the Web Site.

Course Objectives:

The primary objective of this course is to teach interactive web sites. At the completion of this course, the following objectives should have been accomplished:


Database Driven Web Sites
Morrison and Morrison
Course Technologies ISBN 0-619-01556-X

Diane Zak
Course Technologies ISBN 0-619-03440-8

Material to be Covered:

  1. Introduction to Web Database Programming
  2. Relational Database Concepts and Introduction to Microsoft Access
  3. Structured Query Language
  4. Web Servers
  5. An Introduction to CGI and Perl
  6. More advanced work with CGI and Perl
  7. Working with Microsoft products
  8. 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 will be due in a week, programs will be due in two weeks. 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:

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.

Attendance:The student is allowed to cut six one hour classes.

Methodology: This course is offered as an in-class course or as a Distance Learning, Web based course. For in-class students, it is a traditional lecture based class with supplementary information available on the Web. Web based students will be relying on the information at the Web site for the information being presented in class. Web based students are invited to attend class at any time if they feel that hearing a lecture would be valuable (if an in-class version of the course is being offered that semester). All students should read the assigned notes, study the presentations available and avail themselves of other resources 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 analyzing and solving problems and debugging their work. 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 is a SUGGESTED course OUTLINE and will be GENERALLY followed, subject to change according to the INSTRUCTOR'S discretion and needs. Academic FLEXIBILITY is important!

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