LIBR 246-01
LIBR 246-10
Information Technology Tools and Applications - Advanced
Topic: Introduction to PHP/MySQL
Summer 2013 Greensheet

Steve Perry

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This class does not use D2L! The class Web site is found at:

Course Description

This course is an introduction to using PHP to build dynamic Web pages, that is, Web page that automatically change according to a user's input or information on a database. We will be reading from the required text and doing programming exercises. The assignments will be problems that you will solve by coding PHP pages that exercise the concepts learned to date. Additionally, you will learn the fundamentals of MySQL.

Course Requirements

Important Dates
Libr 246 - PHPMySQL - Syllabus

Semester: Summer2013 (2013-06-03 through 2013-08-09)
Class No: 30016/30455

The FINAL DATE of this class is 2013-08-09
No assignments or exams will be accepted after that date!

Contacting the Instructor
I check my email account at least once per day, Monday-Friday, usually in the daytime. I generally do not check for emails on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays.


Emergency email:
(Use only if no reply received within 48 hours from my regular email)

Course Format
The class is taken entirely online via the Class Web Site.

Attendence Requirements
You must actively use the class Web site at least once per each week to considered in attendence that week. The following activities that show attendence are: logging into to this site, clicking on a link to read a lesson/assignment, or submitting an assignment.

Any student who fails to log in to the class Web site for 21 consecutive days during the semester will be dropped from the class and receive the grade of 'W', if dropped before the Official Withdrawal date posted on the college's Web site.

Participation Requirements
Particiption is required in the class Discussion Area and will count as 10% (10 points) of of your grade.

To receive participation credit for that week you must make at least one substantial posting to the discussion area. This can be a thoughtful question to the class, reply to another student's question, or an answer to one of the questions I pose in "Instructor Questions" discussion area.

Again, your answers must be substational (not merely "I agree!", etc.) and not a slightly reworked answer from someone else.

You will receive a maxium of 1 point per week for participation credit no matter how many posts you make that week. No more than 10 weeks particiption will be counted. That is, 1 point per week for 10 weeks will get you the full 10 points participation credit.

There is an inferred prerequisite for this class... You must know some
native HTML.

Please read the link below to determine whether or not you have the proper
HTML background to take this class:

HTML Prerequisites (link opens in new window)

Assignment Due Dates
The due dates for all assignments are listed in the "Lessons and Assignments" area on the class Web site. 

There is a 7-day grace period on all assignments. This means you can turn in an assignment up to 7 days past the due date with no penalty (as long as it is not past the last day of the semester.)

Assignments turned in more than 7 days past their due date will receive zero points and you will not be allowed to submit the assignment unless we have a specific agreement specifying otherwise.

If you contact me before the grace period is past, I may extend an assignment due date for you, if need be. The important thing is to contact me BEFORE time runs out!

ANOTHER NOTE: It is wise to aim to submit the assignment by the actual posted due date. That way, if you need extra help from me, you have the time to get it.


PHP Basics Assignment 1 Assignment supports SLO #1
PHP Programming Fundamentals Assignment 2 Assignment supports SLO #2
Advanced PHP Constructs Assignment 3 Assignment supports SLO #1
Functions, Arrays, and Strings Assignment 4 Assignment supports SLO #3
Introduction to MySQL Assignment 5 Assignment supports SLO #4
PHP with MySQL Assignment 6 Assignment supports SLO #4
Advanced MySQL Assignment 7 Assignment supports SLO #4
More PHP with MySQL Assignment 8 Assignment supports SLO #5

Required Reading
It is necessary to read all of the Web pages that I have posted in each Lesson and Assignments and view all of the video presentations posted as well.

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 Prerequisites

LIBR 202, other prerequisites may be added depending on content

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the basic syntax of coding PHP programs.
  2. Use HTML forms with PHP.
  3. Use standard PHP functions and be able to write their own custom functions.
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of MySQL and be able to use it in a PHP program.
  5. Build and maintain a small Web application.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 246 supports the following core competencies:

  1. E Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  2. G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information, including classification, cataloging, metadata, or other systems.
  3. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

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
Below 67 F


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).

University Policies

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 More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at 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 Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at 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

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, 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."

Academic integrity

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 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

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 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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