ISDA 20C-10
Web Development (1-unit)
Summer 2021 Syllabus

Professor Niall McCarthy
Office: office location
Phone: 602.486.5495
Office Hours: Telephone and in-person advising by appointment

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning June 1st, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

This one-unit course runs from June 1st - June 29th. It will open on Canvas on June 1.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

IMPORTANT: Prior to the class start date, please activate your LinkedIn Learning Account that is provided for you as a student in this course. Click here for instructions.

Course Description

Focuses on the structure and functionality of the world wide web and modular web design techniques. Covers HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Students will also learn about cultural issues in website designing, and accessible and responsive web design.


Module 1 (200 points):
HTML5, CSS3 & JS - The pillars of Web Page Development

Discussion Boards (20 points):

“General” discussion board used for introductions and general communication

"Coding" discussion board 

Group Quizzes (80 points):

Due Tuesday, June 1:  Syllabus Quiz

Due Thursday, June 3:  Directory structure and coding tools quiz

Due Monday, June 5:  HTML quiz

Due Tuesday, June 6:  Formative Evaluation (Not graded but who doesn’t love extra credit ;-)

Due Wednesday, June 7:  CSS quiz

Due Friday, June 9:  JS quiz

Project (100 points):

Due Tuesday, June 14:  Develop a three-page website that includes common HTML5 elements, various CSS properties and a JavaScript snippet.  (CLOs #4#5, #6)

Module 2 (100 points)
Web Site Planning and Evaluating

Discussion Board (10 points):

"Planning and Evaluating" discussion board 

Quizzes (20 points):

Due: Monday June 21:  Information Architecture Quiz

Project (70 points):

Due: Monday June 21:  Choose a website for which you will create a site map, formulate and administer a usability study, evaluate accessibility and highlight cultural concerns. (CLO #3, #8)

Module 3 (100 points)
Behind the digital curtain

Discussion Board (10 points)
Due Tuesday, June 29:  Behind the digital curtain" Discussion Board 

Projects (90 points):

Due Tuesday, June 29:

 - Describe the benefits of using a CMS.

- Compare and contrast the features of creating a web site using hand-coding vs. a CMS

- Recommend a web site creation process based on a given scenario (CLO #1)

- Create an infographic explaining the differences between client/server programming  (CLO #1, #2)

- Add an HTML form to your web page.  Validate it with JavaScript and provide interactivity by connecting it to a PHP script.  (CLOs #4#5, #6, #7, #8)

NOTE:  This schedule and related dates/readings/assignments is tentative and subject to change with fair notice. Any changes will be announced in due time in class and on the course’s website in the Canvas Learning Management System. The students are obliged to consult the most updated and detailed version of the reading material and syllabus, which will be posted on the course’s website.

Detailed information on assignments, including any rubrics, will be provided on the course Canvas site.

Other Relevant Information:

Home computing requirements are posted online for prospective students. Students must meet those minimum requirements to participate in the activities for this course.

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

ISDA 20C has no prerequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain the client-server relationship and how to work with a UNIX server.
  2. Identify and explain the difference between client-side and server-side Web programming languages.
  3. Develop and outline conceptual and practical strategies for presenting information on the Web.
  4. Create content in HTML5 format.
  5. Design interfaces using CSS.
  6. Create dynamic websites using JavaScript.
  7. Incorporate interactive forms onto a Web page using a simple PHP program.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to present information on the Web with a consideration for usability, accessibility, and cultural issues.

    SLOs & PLOs

  1. ISDA 20C has no SLOs or PLOs.


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

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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