INFO 246-12
Information Technology Tools and Applications
Topic: Learning to use Drupal and Understanding Content Management Systems (CMS)
Spring 2018 Syllabus

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

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This course does not use Canvas

At least one day before the semester starts, you will receive a MySJSU message with instructions for accessing the course website.

Course Description

We will learn to build and maintain a website using the Drupal 8 content management system. We will get our feet wet with some basic theme and module coding. However, this is not primarily a coding class, and no prior coding experience is required. Most of the work will involve using Drupal's web-based interface.

Course Requirements

You will complete 14 assignments in order to demonstrate application of the concepts learned. There will be no tests or quizzes.

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

01/24 - 01/30 Introduction to CMS/Drupal & Tech Setup

assignment supports: CLO #1
Assignment 1 Due:
Tues, 01/30 11:59 PM PT
01/31 - 02/06 Drupal Concepts

assignment supports: CLO #1CLO #3CLO #13
Assignment 2 Due:
Tues, 02/06 11:59 PM PT
02/07 - 02/13 Forms

assignment supports: CLO #2CLO #3
Assignment 3 Due:
Tues, 02/13 11:59 PM PT
02/14 - 02/20 Data Structure & Organization

assignment supports: CLO #3CLO #5CLO #6
Assignment 4 Due:
Tues, 02/20 11:59 PM PT
02/21 - 02/27 Users

assignment supports: CLO #3CLO #4CLO #13
Assignment 5 Due:
Tues, 02/27 11:59 PM PT
02/28 - 03/06 Views I

assignment supports: CLO #7
Assignment 6 Due:
Tues, 03/06 11:59 PM PT
03/07 - 03/13 Views II

assignment supports: CLO #3CLO #7, CLO #8CLO #11
Assignment 7 Due:
Tues, 03/13 11:59 PM PT
03/14 - 03/20 Views III

assignment supports: CLO #3CLO #7
Assignment 8 Due:
Tues, 03/20 11:59 PM PT

03/21- 04/03

Spring Break:
03/26 - 03/30

Cesar Chavez Day:

assignment supports:  CLO #3CLO #7CLO #8CLO #10CLO #11
Assignment 9 Due:
Tues, 04/03 11:59 PM PT
04/04 - 04/10 WYSIWYG & Display Suite

assignment supports: CLO #3CLO #7
Assignment 10 Due:
Tues, 04/10 11:59 PM PT
04/11 - 04/17 Themes

assignment supports: CLO #12CLO #13
Assignment 11 Due:
Tues, 04/17 11:59 PM PT
04/18 - 04/24 Modules

assignment supports: CLO #9CLO #13
Assignment 12 Due:
Tues, 04/24 11:59 PM PT
04/25 - 05/01 Workflow & Rules

assignment supports: CLO #3, CLO #4CLO #7CLO #8CLO #11
Assignment 13 Due:
Tues, 05/01 11:59 PM PT
05/02 - 05/08 Building Features

assignment supports: CLO #3CLO #8CLO #11
05/09 - 05/15 Drupal Best Practices

assignment supports: CLO #13
Assignment 14 Due:
Tues, 05/15 11:59 PM PT


  • 14 Assignments: 900 points (90%)
    Weekly Blog/Participation: 100 points (10%)
  • 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

INFO 246 has no prequisite requirements.

Course 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 custom forms and gather data.
  3. Install and enable themes and modules.
  4. Create user roles and assign permissions.
  5. Use taxonomies and menus to organize content.
  6. Create custom content types.
  7. Display content using views and contributed modules.
  8. Combine modules and settings to create complex features.
  9. Create a basic Drupal module.
  10. Manage media for a Drupal website.
  11. Develop workflow processes.
  12. Understand the basics of Drupal theming practices.
  13. Implement Drupal best practices in site development and maintenance.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 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 such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.
  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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

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