Information Technology Tools and Applications
Topic: Learning to use Drupal and Understanding Content Management Systems (CMS)
Spring 2016 Greensheet
This course does not use Canvas
A few days before the semester starts, you will receive a MySJSU message with instructions for accessing the course website.
We will learn to build and maintain a website using the Drupal 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.
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 14 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.
|01/28 - 02/03||Introduction to CMS/Drupal & Tech Setup
assignment supports: CLO #1
|Assignment 1 Due:
Wed, 02/03 11:59 PM PT
|02/04 - 02/10||Drupal Concepts
assignment supports: CLO #2
|Assignment 2 Due:
Wed, 02/10 11:59 PM PT
|02/11 - 02/17||Basic Site Setup
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #3, CLO #9
|Assignment 3 Due:
Wed, 02/17 11:59 PM PT
|02/18 - 02/24||Forms
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #4
|Assignment 4 Due:
Wed, 02/24 11:59 PM PT
|02/25 - 03/02||Content Types & Taxonomy
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #6, CLO #7
|Assignment 5 Due:
Wed, 03/02 11:59 PM PT
|03/03 - 03/09||Text Formats & Rich Text Editors
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #5
|Assignment 6 Due:
Wed, 03/09 11:59 PM PT
|03/10 - 03/16||Multimedia
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #10
|Assignment 7 Due:
Wed, 03/16 11:59 PM PT
|03/17 - 03/23||Views I
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #13
|Assignment 8 Due:
Wed, 03/23 11:59 PM PT
03/24 - 04/06
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #13
|Assignment 9 Due:
Wed, 04/06 11:59 PM PT
|04/07 - 04/13||Views III & Panels
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #13, CLO #14
|Assignment 10 Due:
Wed, 04/13 11:59 PM PT
|04/14 - 04/20||Themes
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #3, CLO #12
|Assignment 11 Due:
Wed, 04/20 11:59 PM PT
|04/21 - 04/27||Modules
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #3, CLO #8
|Assignment 12 Due:
Wed, 04/27 11:59 PM PT
|04/28 - 05/04||Workflow & Rules
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #11
|Assignment 13 Due:
Wed, 05/04 11:59 PM PT
|05/05 - 05/11||Building Features
assignment supports: CLO #2
|05/12 - 05/18||Drupal Best Practices
assignment supports: CLO #2, CLO #9
|Assignment 14 Due:
Wed, 05/18 11:59 PM PT
- 14 Assignments: 900 points (90%)
Weekly Blog/Participation: 100 points (10%)
- There will be a 5pt deduction 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
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.
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.
INFO 202, other prerequisites may be added depending on content.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe the features and benefits of content management systems.
- Create a website using Drupal.
- Install and enable themes and modules.
- Utilize the webform module to create forms and gather data.
- Configure 3rd party rich-text HTML editors.
- Create custom content types.
- Create and assign user permissions to roles.
- Create a basic Drupal module.
- Implement Drupal best practices in site development and maintenance.
- Manage media for a Drupal website.
- Implement work flow processes using the Rules module.
- Understand the basics of Drupal theming practices.
- Create custom content output using the views module.
- Create and alter page layouts using the panels module.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 246 supports the following core competencies:
- E Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems.
- G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.
- H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
No Textbooks For This Course.
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|
- 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).
General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student
Dropping and Adding
Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
- "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."
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