ITFN 2214 - Web Applications Development

(Summer 2020: CRN 50608)

Printable Course Syllabus

Byron Jeff

Phone: 678-466-4411
Office: UC 324
Office hours:
    E-mail. Teams meeting by appointment

Note: the syllabus and schedule are subject to change.

Course Description (3-0-3)

Web Applications Development: This course exposes students to techniques used in database design and web application development for interactive content. Interactive web-based database application design and development are covered including control mechanisms, models, and views design and development. Server-side scripting and advanced web languages are introduced to facilitate students building dynamic web pages with graphics, sound, video, and animation while accessing customized databases via the Internet. Student teams build an integrated database application using high-level tools.

Course Learning Objectives:

tudents are expected to obtain a mature level of mastery of data modeling, database construction and implementation; as well as web-based database application design and development. Through implementation of a term project, students will exhibit the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively and will demonstrate problem solving using superior computer skills. Course objectives are listed for each program outcome: 2) Spring 2016 Identify and analyze problems or opportunities in the IT realm and define requirements for addressing them when an IT Solution is appropriate.

1- Students will choose effective data structures for efficient database processing.

2- Students will define human interfaces appropriate to a web-based application.

3) Design and develop effective, IT-based solutions and integrate them into the user environment.

3- Students will apply database design and modeling techniques.

4- Students will design and construct server-side scripts to mediate a

web-based interface to a database. 7) Collaborate in teams to accomplish common goals.

5- Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with colleagues in team environments.

8) Communicate effectively and efficiently.

6- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

BIT Program Outcomes:

The BIT curriculum is built on nine core program outcomes. Successful completion of this course will contribute to the following subset of these nine outcomes. Graduates will demonstrate a Mature level of mastery for the following outcomes:

2) Identify and analyze problems or opportunities in the IT realm and define requirements for addressing them when an IT Solution is appropriate.

3) Design and develop effective, IT-based solutions and integrate them into the user environment.

7) Collaborate in teams to accomplish common goals. Graduates will demonstrate a Developing level of mastery for the following outcomes:

8) Communicate effectively and efficiently.


The University Description for the course details the prerequisite information for the course. Below is a summary.
CSCI 1301 with a minimum US grade of C
And ITFN 1201 with a minimum US grade of C
And ITFN 1401 with a minimum US grade of C

Meeting Times

Day of weekTimesCRNLocation
Online Content Delivery
TR 6:00-8:20 PM 50608Syncronous Assessment Slot

Class Email: (50608 online class with TR evening testing slots)

Course Textbooks

Various Online Resources


You will have numerous opportunities to practice and demonstrate mastery of the materials covered in this course. It is up to you to keep current on all readings and assignments (including in-class announcements). *If you fall behind, you will most assuredly fail this course!*

Grading will be based upon the following scale:

A >= 90%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
F < 60%

Assignment weights are as follows:

AssignmentPortion of Grade
Midterm 30%
Final 30%
Review Quizzes 15%
Discussions 10%
Project Portfolio15%

The final for this class is not comprehensive.

Partial credit may be given.

Course Topics

The list of course topics below will be presented in the order listed below. The listed exams are inserted following the likely coverage of the material that the exam will cover. Be aware that in class adjustments of both the material and the exam coverage may be made. Any adjustments superceeds the outline listed here. Exact test dates will be announced a minimum of one week before the actual exam.

Online course delivery, assessment, and communication

The conversion of on campus classes to a remote online environment brings a few challenges. These include course delivery, assessment, and communications issues. This section addresses how these items will be managed in this course.

The first issue is handling how to deliver instruction. My plan is to generate a series of screencasts of course content and to make those available via D2L. My expectation is that students would access these videos asynchronously, at the time of their choosing within a certain window. They will be posted into your D2L course. I plan to keep them short, under 15 minutes each. As such you will be responsible for multiple content items in the same timeframe.

Assessment is going to be a challenge. In a normal online environment, assessment would also be asynchronous, with wide time windows and time limits. Something along the lines of having a week to take an assessment, while having 90 minutes to do it after starting. Unfortunately, that setup simply facilitates way too much information sharing among students which makes it difficult to ascertain who actually knows what material. My plan to combat this trend is to perform synchronous assessment at the original schedule class times. This is the reason that the course is online but also has an assigned class time. So everyone will get the test/quiz at the same time at the beginning of the syncronous course time and have limited time take it, and must turn it in at the "end of class". Because of this, please plan to make available the listed class time for such activities as review quizzes and tests.

Having done online classes before, I would like to point out the two biggest challenges to operating in the online class environment. The first is engagement. On campus classes facilitate a regular engagement of both students and instructors because each have to be in a classroom at a specific time. Just the action of being present facilitates engaging in the material. Online decouples students (and the instructor), from that sometimes passive engagement strategy. If you don't log in, review the material, or do the work, then it's easy to become disconnected from the course. I am asking that each of you plan to touch base with the course every day, or at worst every other day in order to remain connected to the activities going on in the class.

The second challenge is communication. Again it is easier to communicate a lot of information when gathered in a single spot for an extended period of time. In the online environment, communication is a critical component. But I admit that it can be a challenge for folks like me who are talkers, and not writers. I plan to push communications via class E-mail and answering questions in the Q/A discussion boards of each course. The Q/A discussion boards are set up to deliver me an immediate notification to shorten the turnaround time for answers. If you need to communicate with me, use the Q/A discussion board for items that are relevant to the entire class, and CSU E-mail (not D2L e-mail please!) to communicate personal or urgent issues. Like I expect from you, I'll be checking into each class every day so you can expect 24 hour or less turnaround to Q/A posted items. Be aware that the more you ask, or the more complicated the issue, the longer it may take to get back to you. For example 5 individual short posts/E-mails will likely get faster answers than one single post/E-mail with all 5 items in it because I generally try to solve all of the problems before answering.

Project Portfolio

Please read carefully!

A comprehensive student generated project portfolio must be submitted by each student on the specified date near the end of the semester. The portfolio consists of a number of required project elements coupled with additional project elements selected by the student. The portfolio will serve as the single grading instrument for the project portion of the course. The portfolio will be graded on the following elements:

Each element of the project portfolio will have a milestone/feedback deadline during the semester. Project elements that are substantively complete and correct (i.e. not perfect but mostly done) and turned in by the milestone/feedback deadline will receive feedback that the student may use to improve their project for the portfolio. However, any project element that is not submitted for feedback by the given deadline, or is not substantively complete/correct at that deadline will not receive credit for meeting the milestone/feedback deadline nor feedback incorporation element for that project element.

Active Feedback System

Soliciting and incorporating feedback is an essential element for success in the learning and development of technological systems. In order to encourage active student participation in the feedback process, this course implements an active feedback points system. The system is governed by the following rules:

Attendance Policy

Your active participation in class is expected. Class attendance is expected because it's much easier to learn if you're coming to class and asking questions in lecture about things that confuse you.

Late Work Policy

Late work delays both the learning process and the feedback process. Project elements needs to be turned in a timely fashion. D2L assignment submissions for project elements will be closed 24 hours after the feedback deadline.

The instructor may waive late penalties if techical problems to homework submission occurs. In the event of technical difficulties:


Academic Misconduct

Any student is found obtaining or granting inappropriate help in this course on any in-class graded assignment (test, quiz, exam) will subject to acadmic discipline. The offense will go on permanent record with the university. If this is not the student's first academic misconduct offense at CSU, he will be recommended for expulsion from the university. This is in full accord with CSU's policy, and we encourage you to read and review the university's policy in your student handbook.

So it is permissible to do group work or work with a tutor or other instructors on outside work in this course that is to be turned in for a grade. However, remember that the objective is to gain understanding of the problem solving process and apply that understanding. Note that the majority of the course grade is done via an in-class assessment, which each student must do on their own work without assistance.

Academic discipline can range from a zero for the in-class assessment in question to expulusion from the University depending on the circumstances.

All alleged instances of acadmic misconduct will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs.

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Hardship Withdrawal

Students who experience an unexpected event or circumstance beyond their control that directly interferes with their ability to continue to make satisfactory progress in classes, such as serious illnesses or unexpected major life events, may petition the Dean of their major for a hardship withdrawal from all classes. In order to be considered for a hardship withdrawal, the student must have been passing all courses at the time that the emergency or other hardship arose and notify his or her instructors or other University officials about the hardship situation as soon as possible after it arose (per University and BOR policy, ―passing is defined as a grade of ―D or above). Hardship requests that are not filed in a timely manner are subject to denial even if the student was passing and the hardship was legitimate. Students who attend any classes through the end of a term and complete all course requirements (i.e. final project or exam) are not eligible for hardship withdrawal. If you have taken a final exam in any of your courses, you may not request a hardship withdrawal. For more information go to:

ITP Choice Information

Beginning Fall Semester 2001, all students at CCSU are required to state that they have on-demand access to a notebook computer that meets the recommended hardware/software specifications that have been established by Clayton State faculty. Academic penalties may be incurred for not meeting this requirement. See for more information.

Computer Skill Prerequisites

Students in this course must have the following prerequisite skills:

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