Web I Syllabus

CSCI 3350 Fall 2017

Instructor Information

Name : Terry Sergeant   Office Hours
E-Mail : tsergeant@hsutx.edu   MW 9:00-11:00; 1:30-2:30
Office : JB 322   TTh 8:30-9:30
Phone : 325-670-1292   F 9:00-11:00
Web Site : http://josephus.hsutx.edu      

Summary

Description : Students will become proficient in creating content for the web using a variety of client-side technologies including xHTML, CSS, Javascript, and Java applets. Emphasis is placed on achieving dynamic behavior using widely adopted languages and standards.
Textbook : Textbook is optional. Sebesta, Programming the World Wide Web, 8th edition, Addison-Wesley.

Course Objectives

Students who satisfactorily complete this course will (hopefully) be able to:

Grading

Your grade in the course will be earned / calculated as follows:
lab days   10%
homework assignments   30%
midterm exam   30%
final exam   30%
A $\rightarrow$ 90 - 100
B $\rightarrow$ 80 - 89
C $\rightarrow$ 70 - 79
D $\rightarrow$ 60 - 69
F $\rightarrow$ 0 - 59

Lab Days

Some Thursday's will be designated as a ``lab day'' in which we will spend some time working on exercises or homework during the class period. Attendance is mandatory and you will receive a grade of 10 possible points for each lab day evaluated as follows:

3 points preparation did you prepare for the lab day in advance?
2 points attendance did you show up on time and stay for the entire lab session?
5 points participation were you actively engaged in the session without distraction?

If you know in advance you will have to be absent on a lab day you can receive credit by doing the following:

  1. Prior to the start of class on Thursday send email to tsergeant@hsutx.edu announcing you will be absent and specifying a URL where your work can be found as evidence of your preparation for the lab period. If your preparation has been significant you will receive 3 points.
  2. Prior to the start of class on Friday at midnight send email to tsergeant@hsutx.edu explaining your progress since the first email. Also attach files as evidence of your progress. You can receive up to 7 points based on your continued progress.

Homework Assignments

Homework in this course serves as the primary conduit for helping students become proficient web practitioners. The homework assignments combined with the lab days will serve as anchors for our typical week:
On Tuesday homework is due and we introduce the lab day instructions and homework assignment for the week along with lecture topics to support them. Thursday is lab day. This schedule will be modified as needed through the semester.

A homework assignment is considered late if it is not submitted at or before the beginning of the class period on the day it is due. Late homework assignments will receive a 30% point penalty and must be completed within a week or the original due date. Assignments that miss the one week deadline will receive a grade of 0 (unless there are extenuating circumstances).

A primary goal of this course is for each student to become an independent problem-solver. Achieving this goal requires that each student practice solving problems independently. The ideal, therefore, is that each student should make a habit of completing every homework assignment without assistance. There are times, however, when you may become stuck and require assistance. For this reason, the standard regarding independent homework is quite loose:

When working a homework assignment you must not make any sort of electronic copy of work that is not your own. Also, you must type assignments yourself. Failure to abide by these rules is a violation of the academic integrity standards for this course.

Exams

There are two exams in the course. The final exam is comprehensive. Exams are to be done without help from others and using only study aids that are expressly allowed by the instructor for that particular exam. Receiving improper help is a violation of the academic integrity policy.

Late Penalties

An assignment is considered late if it is not submitted at the beginning of the class period on the day it is due. Late assignments receive a grade of zero. Exceptions will, indeed, be only for exceptional circumstances.

Students with Disabilities

Any student with a professionally diagnosed learning disability and/or other professionally diagnosed disability that may affect course performance may choose to seek accommodation. Eligible students seeking accommodation should contact the Office of the Director of Undergraduate Advising and Disabilities of such as soon as possible in the academic term (preferably during the first two weeks of a long semester) for which they are seeking accommodations. The director will prepare letters to appropriate faculty members concerning specific, reasonable academic adjustments for the student. The student is responsible for delivering accommodation letters and conferring with faculty members. Please refer to the most recent version of the Undergraduate Catalog for the complete policy. (Rachel King, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Disabilities, Office: SM-209, Phone: 670-5842, Email: disabilityservices@hsutx.edu)

Academic Integrity

Violations of academic integrity have been described to some degree in other sections of this syllabus.

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be handled in accordance with university policies outlined in Undergraduate Catalog and in the Student Handbook. The current catalog prescribes that ``no student who has violated the Academic Integrity Policy will be allowed to graduate from Hardin-Simmons University with honors.'' Penalties will be assigned at the discretion of the instructor and typically range from failure on the assignment to failure of the course. A general rule-of-thumb is that a first offense (if not too major) will result in a zero on the assignment and a second offense will result in an F for the course. The current catalog states that an F earned in this way cannot be replaced by retaking the course.

Computer Account Use

The instructor may occasionally use email to communicate with the class as a whole or with individuals. When contacting you for this course the instructor will use your HSU email account. You are expected to check your HSU email account at least once per day and you will be held responsible for any content distributed in this way.

Attendance

Regarding class attendance, the Undergraduate Catalog states:
Accordingly, absence from more than 25 percent of class meetings and/or laboratory sessions scheduled for a course (including absences because of athletic participation) is regarded as excessive, and a grade of F may be assigned as deemed appropriate by the professor.

Course Calendar and Class Structure

We may vary from this outline somewhat but the exam dates are fairly firm. Note that the day of the week on which an exam is scheduled is specified in parenthesis.

Week Date Topic / Schedules
Week 1 28 Aug Overview / xHTML
Week 2 04 Sep xHTML
Week 3 11 Sep CSS
Week 4 18 Sep CSS
Week 5 25 Sep Javascript
Week 6 02 Oct Regex's
Week 7 09 Oct DOM manipulation
Week 8 16 Oct Tue: Midterm Exam
Week 9 23 Oct JQuery
Week 10 30 Oct JQuery
Week 11 06 Nov Mobile
Week 12 13 Nov Design
Week 13 20 Nov Design; Wed-Fri: Thanksgiving Break!
Week 14 27 Nov Plugins
Week 15 04 Dec Hosting; SEO
---- 12 Dec Final Exam: Tue 12 Dec 1:00pm

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