LIBR 240-01
LIBR 240-11
Information Technology Tools and Applications
Fall 2013 Greensheet

Stacy Wile
E-mail  (you can also access me via Google Chat using this e-mail address)
Phone: 760-522-5344 (voice or text message)

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Course Environment

This class will be taught through a web site,, which requires a login for viewing and a separate login for contributing. I will send you usernames and passwords for the class web site before the first day of class.

Course Description

This course examines the different ways in which we can structure, store, process, access, and present information on a Web site.  It emphasizes the tools of information technology.

For the Fall 2013 semester, we will focus on modular Website design using HTML5 and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). We will also be learning how to make our Web sites dynamic and interactive using technologies such as blogs, RSS, and multimedia. We will discuss Web pages for mobile devices.

We will do a little work with XML and its stylesheet language XSLT; a little PHP as used for interactive forms; and take a brief look at some simple JavaScript.

We will learn how to build websites with accessibility and cultural differences in mind.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements
The basic SLIS home computing requirements can be viewed at:

In addition, for this class, each student must have access to the most recent update of the the Firefox browser in order to test their web pages.

Open Firefox and enter the following URL in the address bar:

Fill in your information and submit the result, so I can verify that your browser configuration is appropriate for this class. 

There will be several Collaborate sessions throughout the semester. These sessions are optional, and will be recorded.


Unit SLO Points
1. Exercise+quiz+discussion 1,4 8
2. Exercise+quiz 3,4 7
3. Exercise+quiz+discussion 3,4,5  8
4. Exercise+quiz 4,5 7
5. Exercise+quiz+discussion 4,5 8
6. Exercise+quiz 3,4,5,6 7
7. Exercise+quiz+discussion 10 8
8. Exercise+quiz 3,4,5 7
9. Exercise+quiz+discussion 7 8
10. Exercise+quiz 8 7
11. Exercise+quiz  2,8,9 7
12. Exercise+quiz 7  7
Cultural issues discussion 6 3
Final Project  3,4,5,6,7,8 20 points
Total   112

Grade breakdown for each unit is 6 points for the exercise, 1 point for the quiz, and 1 point for the discussion if present. Grading is based on absolute number of points, so 97 out of 112 is an A. At least two points will be deducted for late assignments. 

An HTML editor is not required but may be helpful. We will discuss available editors during the first few weeks of class.

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 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 204

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the client-server relationship and how to work with a UNIX server.
  2. Identify the difference between client- and server-side Web programming languages.
  3. Develop conceptual and practical strategies for presenting information on the Web.
  4. Create content in XHTML and HTML5 formats.
  5. Design interfaces using CSS.
  6. Present information on the Web with a consideration for usability, accessibility, and cultural issues.
  7. Work with Web 2.0 technologies such as RSS, blogs, wikis, collaborative writing tools, and digital storytelling tools.
  8. Examine some simple JavaScript programs.
  9. Incorporate interactive forms onto a Web page using a simple PHP program.
  10. Build an XML file and access it via an XSLT stylesheet.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 240 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.


Required Textbooks:

  • MacDonald, M. (2011). Creating a website: The missing manual (3rd ed.). O'Reilly Media. Available through Amazon: 144930172X arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • McFarland, D. (2009). CSS: The missing manual (2nd ed.). Pogue Press. Available through Amazon: 0596802447. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Keough, J. (2005). JavaScript demystified. McGraw-Hill Osborne Media. Available through Amazon: 007226134X. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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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