LIBR 246-14
Information Technology Tools and Applications
Topic: Learning to use Drupal and Understanding Content Management Systems (CMS)
Fall 2014 Greensheet

Raymond Dean
Office location: Springfield, MO
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail

Greensheet Links
iSchool eBookstore

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 learn to build and maintain a website using the Drupal 7 content management system. We will get our feet wet with some basic theme and module coding. However, this is not a coding class and no prior coding experience is required. Most of the work will involve using Drupal's web-based interface.

Course Requirements

Domain Name & Web hosting
This course does not require a textbook. However, you will need to purchase a domain name and web hosting. Total cost for this will likely be in the $40 range. The pricing is subject to change and not within my control. Instructions for acquiring a domain name and web hosting will be provided during the first week of class.

You will complete 15 weekly assignments in order to demonstrate application of the concepts learned. There will be no tests or quizes.

Written and video tutorials will be provided to demonstrate how to complete each assignment.

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 Calendar

08/25 - 08/31 Introduction to CMS/Drupal & Tech Setup

assignment supports: SLO #1
Assignment 1 Due:
Sun, 08/31 11:59 PM PT
09/01 - 09/07 Drupal Concepts

assignment supports: SLO #2
Assignment 2 Due:
Sun, 09/07 11:59 PM PT
09/08 - 09/14 Basic Site Setup

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #9
Assignment 3 Due:
Sun, 09/14 11:59 PM PT
09/15 - 09/21 Forms

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #4
Assignment 4 Due:
Sun, 09/21 11:59 PM PT
09/22 - 09/28 Content Types & Taxonomy

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #6, SLO #7
Assignment 5 Due:
Sun, 09/28 11:59 PM PT
09/29 - 10/05 Text Formats & Rich Text Editors

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #5
Assignment 6 Due:
Sun, 10/05 11:59 PM PT
10/06 - 10/12 Multimedia

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #10
Assignment 7 Due:
Sun, 10/12 11:59 PM PT
10/13 - 10/19 Views I

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #13
Assignment 8 Due:
Sun, 10/19 11:59 PM PT
10/20 - 10/26 Views II

assignment supports:  SLO #2, SLO #13
Assignment 9 Due:
Sun, 10/26 11:59 PM PT
10/27 - 11/02 Views III & Panels

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #13, SLO #14
Assignment 10 Due:
Sun, 11/02 11:59 PM PT
11/03 - 11/09 Themes

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #12
Assignment 11 Due:
Sun, 11/09 11:59 PM PT
11/10 - 11/16 Modules

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #8
Assignment 12 Due:
Sun, 11/16 11:59 PM PT
11/17 - 11/23 Workflow & Rules

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #11
Assignment 13 Due:
Sun, 11/23 11:59 PM PT
11/24 - 12/03

Thanksgiving 11/27-11/28
Case Studies

assignment supports: SLO #2, SLO #9
Assignment 14 Due:
Wed, 12/03 11:59 PM PT
12/04 - 12/10 Drupal Best Practices

assignment supports: SLO #2
Assignment 15 Due:
Wed, 12/10 11:59 PM PT


  • 15 Weekly Assignments: 900 points (90%)
    Weekly Blog/Participation: 100 points (10%)
  • There will be a 6pt deduction (10%) for each day an assignment is late (except for severe illness, power outage, family emergencies, etc.)
  • If you have an illness or other extenuating circumstance, please contact me prior to the assignment due date.

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. Describe the features and benefits of content management systems.
  2. Create a website using Drupal.
  3. Install and enable themes and modules.
  4. Utilize the webform module to create forms and gather data.
  5. Configure 3rd party rich-text HTML editors.
  6. Create custom content types.
  7. Create and assign user permissions to roles.
  8. Create a basic Drupal module.
  9. Implement Drupal best practices in site development and maintenance.
  10. Manage media for a Drupal website.
  11. Implement work flow processes using the Rules module.
  12. Understand the basics of Drupal theming practices.
  13. Create custom content output using the views module.
  14. Create and alter page layouts using the panels module.

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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