IST263: Web Programming.
Fall 2007, TTH 8:00am 9:15pm Prichard Hall 200
|Instructor: ||Daniel Dementiev
|Office: ||Prichard Hall 208
|Phone Number: ||(304) 696-7241
|Office Hours: ||see my schedule
The following books are recommended for the course:
Note: you do not have to buy all of them. One of the three would be enough. In fact you do need to buy any book
because there are plenty info on the internet. I would still recommend to have a book and read it, though.
I also encourage you to look for additional information/documentation/examples on the Internet.
Here is a list of some supplementary source links:
- A set of Web Wizard's Guides
- The web Wizard's Guide to HTML by Wendy Lehnert, ISBN: 0-201-74172-5.
- The web Wizard's Guide to DHTML and CSS by Steven G. Estrella. ISBN: 0-201-75834-2.
- The web Wizard's Guide to PHP by David A. Lash. ISBN: 0-321-12174-0.
- Web Standards by Steven Schafer. ISBN: 0-7645-8820-6.
- Web Programming: Building Internet Applications by Chris Bates. ISBN: 0-470-01775-9.
All class announcements, updates, lecture notes, and assignments will be placed in the class home directory. Access to a
WWW browser is required (Netscape 4.7 or higher or Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher). You also will need a
Secure Shell Client to be able to login to the IST server from home to download your projects.
Concepts of web programming such as client and server side development, dynamic web pages, installation and maintaining
Apache web server for Windows platforms. Design of static and dynamic web pages, PHP scripts are emphasized.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Create static web-page using pure HTML
- Use CSS to change a view of a static HTML page
- Develop server side scripts using PHP
- Install and configure a web server on WIndows platforms
- Manage users privileges and roles for Oracle databases
The course is three (3) credit hours. It includes classroom lectures, exams, and laboratory programming
projects. Students will participate in programming projects that illustrate the implementation of
concepts covered in the lectures to build different parts of a real web-site.
There will be approximately 3 contact hours of classroom lecture per week. The laboratory programming projects cover the
major topics of the course. Students may work on their assignments in Prichard Hall 200, Morrow Library 122, or Morrow
Topics and Methodology:
The following outline delineates the tentative class schedule with topics to be addressed during the course. Please note
this is a tentative schedule and it may change upon class progress:
|Topic ||Weeks |
|Introduction to HTML and web publishing ||1 3 |
|Introduction to CSS ||3 4 |
|Midterm ||8 |
|Setting up and maintaining a web server ||9 11 |
|Server side scripting using PHP ||12 14 |
Evaluation of student's performance will be based on the quality of your performance on programming assignments, projects,
and class participation.
Final grades are based on performance in homework assignments, projects, and attendance as indicated below.
Note: the complete project assignments and due dates can be found at
|Projects ||70% |
|Homework assignments ||25% |
|Attendance & Participation ||5% |
Assessment of Projects:
The grading of all programming projects will take into account the following:
Individuals who utilize other peoples code, thoughts, or ideas must provide appropriate references to said resources.
Failure to provide such documentation will result in a failing grade for the assignment, and may result in a failing grade
for the course.
- Although the most important attribute of a program is correctness, grading will take into consideration (if
appropriate) such items as time and space efficiency, documentation, etc.
- Programs and scripts must have proper inline documentation and must be properly indented. Up to 20% can be deducted
for poorly documented and/or poorly indented code.
- Although interactions with other students are encouraged, you must compose your own answers, unless otherwise noted.
In determining the overall grade for a project, you can expect the following grades based on performance:
Final letter grades are determined based on the following grading scale:
- A Excellent work that meets and/or exceeds all of the requirements for a given project, code compiles and
works for multiple test samples, all code and associated files are well documented, and the code is written
- B Good work that meets all of the requirements of the assignment, but may have errors in documentation or
coding, or contains code that may not work with all possible data samples.
- C Average work that meets all of the requirements of the assignment, but is missing one or more of the items
in its entirety that is mentioned in terms of an A grade.
- D Below average work which fails to meet one or more of the requirements of the assignment.
- F Unacceptable work, which fails to meet two or more requirements for an assignment, or has code that will not
compile and execute.
The instructor reserves the right to change these values depending on the overall class performance and/or extenuating
|90-100% ||A |
|80-89% ||B |
|70-79% ||C |
|60-69% ||D |
|Below 60 ||F |
Programming assignments: The course includes 5 projects and a number of homework assignments. All assignments
are due by midnight on the due date. Late assignments will be penalized at the rate of 5 points per day (including weekends).
Passing grade: Programming assignments and exams are required parts of the course and must be satisfactorily
completed to pass this course. A student must have a passing performance on each part. A failing grade on a component
may result in a failing grade in the course.
Class attendance is not mandatory and is not a required part of the course, although highly encouraged. Those who miss a
class should remember that it is their responsibility to cover all the material by themselves.
The University withdrawal policy is followed in this course. The last day to drop an individual course for the
Fall of 2007 is October 26.
University Holidays and other Days-to-Remember:
|Labor Day: ||September 3, 2007 |
|Last Day to Drop the course: ||October 26, 2007 |
|Thanksgiving/Fall Break: ||November 22 - November 25, 2007 |
|Last Day of classes: ||December 4, 2007 |
As a 200-level course, this course is provided as an introductory course, but due to the amount of new concepts presented
in the course there will still be a considerable amount of development and research effort required of the student. For
every one hour in class, the student is expected to put in an effort of at least 3 hours outside the class for studying
and programming. Because of background and preparedness, some students may have to put in additional effort.