LIBR 240-01
LIBR 240-02
LIBR 240-10
LIBR 240-11
Information Technology Tools and Applications
Fall 2014 Greensheet

Raymond Dean
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail

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This course does not use Canvas

You will receive a registration code and instructions for accessing the course website via MySJSU prior to the start of the semester.

Course Description

We will concentrate on using modular web design techniques with discussion and application in the following areas:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Web 2.0
  • images and other media
  • information architecture
  • cultural issues in website design
  • accessibility and usability
  • responsive web design
  • JavaScript
  • PHP

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.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements
Your computer and Internet access must meet or exceed the minimum requirements described on the iSchool Home Computing requirements page.

Measuring Student Learning Outcomes

14 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.

There will be a 5pt deduction for each day an assignment is late (except for severe illness, power outage, family emergencies, etc.)

Incompletes will only be awarded in very rare situations. An incomplete will only be given if an unexpected life event occurs preventing you from completing the final project.

The final project will be due by Saturday, December 13th, 11:59 p.m. PT.

No projects modified after this date and time will be accepted.

Course Calendar

08/25 - 08/31 Introduction, history of the Web, how the Web works, technical setup, UNIX-like servers

assignment supports: SLO #1, SLO #4
Assignment 1 Due:
Sun, 08/31 11:59 PM PT
09/01 - 09/07 Basic HTML5, Web standards

assignment supports: SLO #4, SLO #6
Assignment 2 Due:
Sun, 09/07 11:59 PM PT
09/08 - 09/14 CSS3 & Modular Design: Basic CSS, semantic coding, intro to modular Web design

assignment supports: SLO #3, SLO #5
Assignment 3 Due:
Sun, 09/14 11:59 PM PT
09/15 - 09/21 CSS3 & Modular Design II: More CSS including advanced selectors, more modular techniques

assignment supports: SLO #5
Assignment 4 Due:
Sun, 09/21 11:59 PM PT
09/22 - 09/28 Images: optimizing for the Web, basic image manipulation

assignment supports: SLO #5, SLO #6
Assignment 5 Due:
Sun, 09/28 11:59 PM PT
09/29 - 10/05 CSS3 Layouts: CSS box model, layouts, floats

assignment supports: SLO #5
Assignment 6 Due:
Sun, 10/05 11:59 PM PT
10/06 - 10/12 Tables and nested lists

assignment supports: SLO #4, SLO #5
Assignment 7 Due:
Sun, 10/12 11:59 PM PT
10/13 - 10/19 Navigation menus and print CSS stylesheets

assignment supports: SLO #5, SLO #6
Assignment 8 Due:
Sun, 10/19 11:59 PM PT

10/20 - 10/26

Responsive Web Design

assignment supports:  SLO #3, SLO #4, SLO #5 , SLO #6
Assignment 9 Due:
Sun, 10/26 11:59 PM PT
10/27 - 11/02

Design Issues: info architecture, cultural issues, accessibility/usability, SEO

assignment supports: SLO #3, SLO #6

Assignment 10 Due:
Sun, 11/02 11:59 PM PT
11/03 - 11/09 Forms and programming languages (PHP & JavaScript)

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #8, SLO #9
Assignment 11 Due:
Sun, 11/09 11:59 PM PT
11/10 - 11/16 Digital Storytelling: Embedding media

assignment supports: SLO #6, SLO #7
Assignment 12 Due:
Sun, 11/16 11:59 PM PT
11/17 - 11/23 Social Web & CMS: Integrating external web services and an introduction to content management systems

assignment supports: SLO #3, SLO #7
Assignment 13 Due:
Sun, 11/23 11:59 PM PT

11/24 - 12/02

Thanksgiving 11/27-11/28


assignment supports: SLO #10
Assignment 14 Due:
Tues, 12/02 11:59 PM PT


12/03 - 12/10

Wrap-up, final project  

Saturday, 12/13 11:59 PM PT


Information about installing and configuring software will be provided during the first week of class.

sFTP Client:

Text/HTML Editor:

Image Editor (one of these):

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Gimp (It's Free!)

Browser Add-on:

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:

  • McFarland, D. (2013). CSS3: The missing manual (3rd ed.). O'Reilly Media. Available through Amazon: 1449325947arrow 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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