fall quarter 2005 (051)
Section 02: Class meets Mon/Wed, from 4-5:50, in 70-2435
My office hours are Tues and Thurs 4-6 (70b-2571).
This course provides a practical overview of programming in the context of the World Wide Web. It will enable students to develop web pages and web sites that incorporate server-side programming and other technologies such as databases.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
The Required texts should be available at the bookstore as well as from online booksellers.
|PHP5, Apache, MySQL Web Development Naramore, et al. ISBN: 0764579665|
|A Little Book on Perl Robert Sebesta ISBN: 0139279555|
There are several good books on PHP programming but they differ considerably in approach so they may not help if you are confused about what we are doing in the course.
Many good books on the subjects covered in this course are also available on-line from the Books24x7 web site which RIT students and faculty can use for free via the Wallace Memorial Library's proxy server.
On-line readings will be assigned in class. Links to readings and references for the course will be posted here in addition to links for required readings in the course schedule on this page.
If you are in a PC lab you should purchase at least one Zip disk. We recommend two so you can backup your work. Get PC-formatted zip disks (which are readable by both Macs and PCs). If you are in a Mac lab you should pick up some CD-R or CD-RW media. On either platform you may also use a USB "thumb drive."
Your grade will be based on your individual assignments & a final practical.
It's important to understand that if you complete all the requirements for an assignment, that entitles you to a grade of "B" (i.e. "satisfactory work"). To receive an A for an assignment, you must go beyond the basic requirements, and demonstrate creativity, initiative, and excellence--the grade of A is intended for work that is superior, rather than average.
Assignments submitted after the due date/time, without prior approval from me, will lose one full letter grade for each day that they are late. If you know that a situation will prevent you from turning something in, contact me in advance of the deadline to make alternate arrangements.
The individual assignments will be worth a total of 70% of your final grade (#1—20%, #2—20%, #3—30%).
The final and final practical shall be worth 20% of your grade (10% each). The final will be open to anything we covered in class, but will emphasize the topics not covered in the projects (like http, perl, etc). The practical will be based upon the in-class exercises, what we build in class together, and the readings. The practical will be held during the final class time (10b).
The last 10% of the grade will be Class/Conference participation for the Undergraduates. Graduates will recieve 5% for Class/Conference participation and will be required to write a technology research paper (topics to be discussed/approved with the Professor) for the last 5%.
If you wish to dispute your final course grade, you must do so before the end of the quarter fullowing this one; otherwise documentation of your work may not be available.
Last Day to Drop the Class: For this quarter, you can drop the class on or before September 12th . After that date, you must withdraw from the course, which will show on your transcript as a W.
Last Day to Withdraw: The deadline for withdrawing from a course with a W grade is the end of the 6th week of the quarter. Forms may be obtained from the IT office, and must be signed by your instructor. Completed forms should be returned to the IT office no later than the last day of the 6th week. After that date, a grade will be assigned based on the work that you have submitted.
"Incomplete" Grades: You may request an incomplete, or "I" grade, only in cases where exceptional conditions beyond your contrul, such as accidents, severe illness, family problems, etc., have kept you from completing the course. You must alert us to these circumstances as soon as possible--telling your instructor in November that you were sick in September is not acceptable. If your request for an incomplete is granted, you must complete the work for the course within the time limits set by the instructor. The maximum time is two (2) academic quarters. Unfinished "I" grades automatically become "F". Incomplete grades are not given to students who have simply fallen behind in their work.
Assignments will be discussed in class, and posted here on a regular basis. They will always be due at 5pm on the due date.
It is important that you understand what constitutes academic dishonesty, and what the penalty associated with it is. Read this policy carefully. Please note, in particular, the definitions of cheating and cullusion. There is a fine line between asking for a classmate's help in sulving a technical problem, and using their work as your own. Don't cross it. Similarly, while it's fine to get ideas from web sites, you must credit your source. If you viulate the academic dishonesty pulicy, you will fail the course. It's just not worth it.
The readings for each week should be completed before that week begins, so that you're prepared to work with examples and exercises, and to ask questions.