CSC 215 Web Programming
Winter 2018

Course Description

CSC 215 Web Programming
Topics include the use of PHP and Ruby for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML/CSS and Javascript for client-side presentation, SQL databases for information management and retrieval, management of shopping carts and client sessions, and security. Extensive programming required. Same as: MED 215.

Instructor Accessibility

My office is in Wentz SC 150. Winter term office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6 pm, and Fridays 10:30-11:50. You can stop by in person, or call my office at 630-637-5174. If I am not at the office and you need immediate attention, you can call me at home at 630-759-2110. You can email me at

I can also see you by appointment.

Course Textbook

We use the textbook
Elliot Edling, Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.
But this book is out of stock and may be difficult to get, in which case you should use this older version of the same book.

Course Outline

This weekly schedule is tentative and is subject to change as the term progresses.

Chapter Course Topics Reference
1 Introduction to Web Applications
2 HTML, CSS, and Introduction to Web Programming using PHP
3 JavaScript
4 JavaScript
5 More Server-side PHP programming
6 Database Access using MySQL
7 The MVC design pattern, MVC Frameworks, Introduction to Ruby
8 Ruby on Rails
9 Ruby on Rails
10 Selected topics, course review.

Schedule of In-class Quizzes and Tests

Class Event Date Percent Weight
Quiz 1 Thursday Week 3 5%
Quiz 2 Thursday Week 4 5%
Midterm Test 1 Thursday Week 5 12.5%
Midterm Test 2 Thursday Week 8 12.5%
Final Exam Week 11 25%

In addition to the tests, there will be a number of homework/ programming assignments. These will account for 40% of the course grade. They will be designed to help you understand course concepts and prepare you for the in-class quizzes and tests. Some of the tests and quizzes may involve writing short programs based on the concepts covered in lectures and in the programming assignments.

Project Submission

All submissions must be done by uploading the project to your space on the K drive.

Late Policy

All assignments and projects should be turned in by midnight on the day due. A 10% penalty will be assessed on projects turned in late, but in general this penalty will not be levied if the assignment is turned in before I have completed grading the batch of assignments to which it belongs. No assignment/project turned in after the due date for the next assignment/project will be graded.

Policy on Missed Quizzes and Tests

In-class tests and quizzes missed without a legitimate excuse cannot be made up. If you have to miss quiz or test (for some legitimate reason) please let me know at least a week before and I will make arrangements for a make up. In the event some unexpected reason beyond your control prevents you from being in class on the day of a test, contact me as soon as possible by phone or email to arrange a make up.

Ethics Policy / Academic Dishonesty.

No student should turn in for grading work that has been done by someone else, or work on which they have received help but which they do not understand. Any work turned in by a student will be considered to have been plagiarized if the student can not explain it when requested to do so by the instructor. It will also be considered to have been plagiarized if there is clear evidence that the work has been copied from another source, even if the student can explain it.