Web II Syllabus

CSCI 4350 Spring 2018

Instructor Information

Name : Terry Sergeant   Office Hours
E-Mail : tsergeant@hsutx.edu MW 8:30-10:00; 1:45-2:45  
Office : JB 322 TTh 8:30-9:30; 1:45-2:45  
Phone : 670-1292 Fri 9:00-10:00  
Web Site : http://josephus.hsutx.edu      


Description : Students will learn and apply a variety of methods for creating and maintaining websites that make extensive use of dynamic content. This class will involve web programming on both the client side and the server side.
Prerequisites : CSCI 2320 and CSCI 3350
Textbook : Textbook is optional. Sebesta, Programming the World Wide Web, 8th edition, Addison-Wesley, 2014.

Course Objectives

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


Your grade in the course will be earned / calculated as follows:
lab days   10%
homework   40%
midterm exam   25%
final exam   25%
A $\rightarrow$ 90 - 100
B $\rightarrow$ 80 - 89
C $\rightarrow$ 70 - 79
D $\rightarrow$ 60 - 69
F $\rightarrow$ 0 - 59

Overview of the Semester

Our semester is divided into approximately two halves. In the first half we will focus on learning mechanics of server side programming in PHP. In the second half we will shift focus to group projects.

Lab Days

Most Wednesday's will be designated as a ``lab day'' in which we will spend some time working on exercises or projects during the class period. Attendance is mandatory and you will receive a grade out 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 Wednesday send email to tsergeant@hsutx.edu announcing you will be absent and attaching files you have been working on 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 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

In the first half of the semester homework assignments will be due weekly. In the second half assignments will be based on progress on the selected project.

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).

In order to do well on the exams it will be necessary for each student to work homework assignments independently. 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.

Unless directed otherwise, all assignments will be submitted by e-mail to the following address: cscihomework@hsutx.edu.


Exams are comprehensive. The final exam will take place at the scheduled time during finals week. Exams will never be collaborative in nature so receiving any form of assistance from anyone other than the instructor is a violation of the academic integrity policy. You may only use study aids during the exam if they are expressly allowed by the instructor for that particular exam.

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.


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 15 Jan Mon: MLKJ Day!; Intro to PHP
Week 2 22 Jan Accessing Files / Sanitizing Forms
Week 3 29 Jan Database Access
Week 4 05 Feb Handling Logins
Week 5 12 Feb Security
Week 6 19 Feb Ajax
Week 7 26 Feb Frameworks
Week 8 05 Mar Application Design
Week 9 12 Mar Spring Break!!
Week X 19 Mar Putting it All Together; Wed: Midterm Exam
Week 10 26 Mar Project Work; Fri: Easter Break
Week 11 02 Apr Project Work + Misc. Topics
Week 12 09 Apr Project Work + Misc. Topics
Week 13 16 Apr Project Work + Misc. Topics
Week 14 23 Apr Project Work + Misc. Topics
Week 15 30 Apr Project Work + Misc. Topics
--- 09 May Final Exam: Wed @ 10:30am

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