Information Technology Tools and Applications
Summer 2016 Syllabus
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail
This course does not use Canvas.
A few days before the semester starts, you will receive a MySJSU message with instructions for accessing the course website.
You will need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to this course. Since the summer semester is much shorter, the workload will be greater.
We will concentrate on using modular web design techniques with discussion and application in the following areas:
- Web 2.0
- images and other media
- information architecture
- cultural issues in website design
- accessibility and usability
- responsive web design
You will be assigned a final website project that will require you to use most of the concepts learned throughout the semester.
Throughout the course, you will be expected to create a weekly blog entry addressing an issue relevant to the week's topic of discussion.
Your computer and Internet access must meet or exceed the minimum requirements described on the iSchool Home Computing requirements page.
Measuring Student Learning Outcomes
|10 Weekly Assignments||700 points (70%)|
|Weekly Blog/Participation||100 points (10%)|
|Final Project||200 points (20%)|
Late Assignments & Incompletes
If you have an illness or other extenuating circumstance, please contact me prior to the assignment due date.
Incompletes are given only in very rare situations. An incomplete will only be given if an unexpected life event occurs preventing you from completing the final project.
|06/06 - 06/12||Introduction, history of the Web, how the Web works, technical setup, UNIX-like servers
assignment supports: CLO #1, CLO #4
|Assignment 1 Due:
Sun, 06/12 11:59 PM PT
|06/13 - 06/19||Basic HTML5, Web standards
assignment supports: CLO #4, CLO #6
|Assignment 2 Due:
Sun, 06/19 11:59 PM PT
|06/20 - 06/26||CSS3 & Modular Design
assignment supports: CLO #3, CLO #5
|Assignment 3 Due:
Sun, 06/26 11:59 PM PT
|06/27 - 07/03||Semantic HTML5 & Advanced Selectors
assignment supports: CLO #3, CLO #5
|Assignment 4 Due:
Sun, 07/03 11:59 PM PT
|07/04 - 07/10
||Images: optimizing for the Web, basic image manipulation
assignment supports: CLO #5, CLO #6
|Assignment 5 Due:
Sun, 07/10 11:59 PM PT
|07/11 - 07/17||CSS3 Layouts: CSS box model, layouts, floats
assignment supports: CLO #5
|Assignment 6 Due:
Sun, 07/17 11:59 PM PT
|07/18 - 07/24||Responsive Design: Fluid layouts, flexible media, CSS media queries
assignment supports: CLO #3, CLO #4, CLO #5, CLO #6, CLO #7
|Assignment 7 Due:
Sun, 07/24 11:59 PM PT
|07/25 - 07/31||Navigation, nested lists, tables, and print CSS
assignment supports: CLO #5, CLO #6
|Assignment 8 Due:
Sun, 07/31 11:59 PM PT
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #8, CLO #9
|Assignment 9 Due:
Sun, 08/07 11:59 PM PT
|08/08 - 08/14||XML & Design Issues
assignment supports: CLO #3, CLO #6, CLO #10
|Assignment 10 Due:
Sun, 08/14 11:59 PM PT
FINAL PROJECT DUE:
Wednesday, 08/17 11:59 PM PT
Information about installing and configuring software will be provided during the first week of class.
- Cyberduck - Windows, Mac
- Notepad++ - Recommended for Windows users
- TextWrangler - Recommended for Mac users
Image Editor (one of these):
Browser & Extension:
- You will need to use Chrome as your primary browser for this course.
- The Web Developer Toolbar for Chrome is required.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Understand the client-server relationship and how to work with a UNIX server.
- Identify the difference between client- and server-side Web programming languages.
- Develop conceptual and practical strategies for presenting information on the Web.
- Create content in XHTML and HTML5 formats.
- Design interfaces using CSS.
- Present information on the Web with a consideration for usability, accessibility, and cultural issues.
- Work with Web 2.0 technologies such as RSS, blogs, wikis, collaborative writing tools, and digital storytelling tools.
- Incorporate interactive forms onto a Web page using a simple PHP program.
- Build an XML file and access it via an XSLT stylesheet.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 240 supports the following core competencies:
- E Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems.
- G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.
- H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
- McFarland, D. (2015). CSS: The missing manual (4th ed.). O'Reilly Media. Available through Amazon: 1491918055
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student
As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.
Dropping and Adding
Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.
Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.
Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:
- "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
- It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
- In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
- "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."
Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.
Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.
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