LIBR 246-10
Information Technology Tools and Applications – Advanced Topic: XML
Fall 2014 Greensheet

Jennifer Weintraub
Office Hours: Via email and Collaborate, by appointment.
Elizabeth McAulay
Office Hours: Via email and Collaborate, by appointment.

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Course Website (Canvas)

This course is taught completely online through the SJSU iSchool courseware, Canvas. This course will be available beginning August 25, 2014. Students registered for the course will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

About this Greensheet

This "greensheet" (i.e., Syllabus) outlines the course objectives and policies and provides an overview of the assignments and lessons that will be given over the semester. The pace of the course and assignments will change slightly during the semester. Any changes will be announced on the Canvas site and recorded in the working syllabus for the course, which is posted on the Canvas site. 

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the markup language XML and related technologies. Students will learn what XML is, how to read and write XML, and how to manipulate for reuse data disseminated as XML. This course will focus on performing weekly assignments as a step-by-step guide to learning how to use XML. At the same time, students will be learning to troubleshoot problems with XML. The intellectual underpinning and philosophy of XML and markup languages will be discussed, but will not receive direct attention. By the end of the course, students should feel comfortable with XML and related technologies and understand how to work with colleagues on a project involving XML. This course teaches the fundamental components of XML, and lays the groundwork for further self-study or in-depth application.

A basic familiarity with HTML is strongly recommended for this course, as is a general competency with basic computing.

Course Requirements

(See below)

Course Calendar

Week Dates Topic Assignment
1 8/25-8/28 Introduction

XML Syntax and Vocabulary
XML Rules and Validation
Student Questionnaire

Questionnaire markup in XML valid xml

Dublin Core Assignment

SLO #1
2 8/29-9/4 DTDs and Namespaces

Please note Labor Day holiday on 9/1
DTD assignment,

Namespace Quiz

SLO #1
3 9/5-9/11 Schemas (XSD) Schema Assignment
Website Analysis
4 9/12-9/18 Relax NG schemas and Schematron

XML in the Library
RelaxNG Assignment, SLO 2

Writing assignment due in two weeks
5 9/19-9/25 XPATH
-what it is
-using it
 XPath quiz
Website analysis due
6 9/26-10/2 XSLT : Part 1
-how it works
-templates (the key part of XSLT)
Create XSLT for desired result.
7 10/3 - 10/9 XSLT : Part 2
-in more detail / complexity
2nd XSLT assignment

Midcourse Evaluation
8 10/10-10/16 TEI TEI: mark up materials using the TEI
9 10/17-10/23 XSL FO

Final Project Information distributed, preliminary projects due
no assignment
10 10/24-10/30 EAD Markup material in EAD 
11 10/31 -11/6 XSLT Part 3

-XSLT 2.0
Optional assignment on XSLT

12 11/7-11/13 RDF
Review for large project
RDF assignment

SLO  5
13 11/14-11/20 TEI and XSLT review no assignment
14 11/21-11/27 Thanksgiving week, no lecture no assignment, work on large project
15 11/28-12/4 On the Horizon:  APIs, SOAP, XML in context:  other xml uses in info organizations: DDI/ Docbook/ MEI/Comic Book Markup language, closed captioning, oral histories, pb core, svg large project and Lightning Talks due
SLO 1-5
16 12/5-12/12 Lightning Talks about Final Projects, comments about lightning talks.  Instructor Wrapup. Lightning Talk Comments due
SLO 1-5


  • Weekly Assignments: 65%
    • 11 technical assignments
    • 2 quizzes
    • 1 5-page essay
  • Final Project: 35%

Discussion Forum participation is desired and exceptional participation will receive extra credit up to 5% of the total grade.


  • The Class runs Friday-Friday.
  • Assignments are due Friday at NOON, (12PM).
  • Late assignments will have 10% deducted per day and will not be accepted after 3 days.
  • We can provide extensions but email requests are required.


Required: oXygen 16.0 XML Editor:

Information about installing and configuring software will be provided during the first week of class. An academic license is $99.  

For the duration of the course we will be using the oXygen XML Editor v. 16.0.  XML and XML technologies can be deployed using a variety of software applications, but for this course students must use oXygen. Instructors are unable to troubleshoot problems with other software packages or other methods for writing, using, and manipulating XML.

Other Relevant Information
The lectures and demonstrations will be in screencast and video form with some notes to read. The readings will be from the required textbook and we may add articles online or distributed in pdf form to the class. The class will be asynchronous. There are no group projects.

We will be available via email and Collaborate sessions throughout the class.

One hour rule: If you are stuck for one hour on a problem, email us!

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. Identify the components of an XML document and be able to determine if such a document is well formed and/or valid.
  2. Describe the architecture of an XML document using Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and W3C XML schemas.
  3. Isolate and extract information from an XML document using tools such as XPath and XSLT.
  4. Use XSLT to transform XML into other formats.
  5. Describe how XML is used in libraries and other information environments.

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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