CS 4640: Programming Languages for Web Applications
Syllabus — Fall 2017
|Class hours||Tuesday, Thursday 2:00pm - 3:15pm, Mechanical Engr 339|
Programming skills are required and students are expected to know HTML and Java or learn on their own.
This course presents the fundamentals of software development
of web applications.
The front end development, back end development,
user interface design,
and models for web-based information retrieval and processing
After completing this course, students should understand how to design
usable software interfaces and
implement them on the web,
know how to build software that accepts information from users across
the web and returns data to the user, and
know how to interact with database engines to
store and retrieve information.
Over the semester, students will work on each homework assignment with a partner. Each assignment will be a step in creating a web application. Students will be able to choose what to build, with the assignments constraining the features that must be uesd. By the end of the semester, students will have built a dynamic web application.
There is no text book required.
Where appropriate, additional references that can be relevant for further reading will be provided.
Students are expected to read the relevant material before lecture. The schedule for the readings is given on the Schedule page. The lectures may not cover everything in the readings and will often include material not found in the readings.
Rounding: By default, grades will not be rounded in this course
Some homework assignments will be written and some will require programming.
Most will allow collaboration with one partner.
Assignments will be posted on the class website before class
and discussed in class.
You will submit your homework assignments electronically
to a submission site set up for the course
More details on submission guidelines will be provided on the course website.
Posting program source publicly will be considered an honor code violation!
Be sure that you are on the class mailing list, as refinements and hints for the assignments will be sent through email or posted on the discussion boards.
Homeworks must be submitted before class on the day they are due. Any submission received after this time will be considered to be late. Assignments will be checked immediately after the due date; if you finish an assignment late, you must inform us (instructor and TAs) by email when it is ready to be graded. Changing an assignment after the due date without prior permission will be treated as a late submission.
Students are expected to have a backup disk (or storage somewhere) for every assignment they turn in. In this way, if there is any problem with the copy that is handed in the backup can be used for grading purposes.
|Quizzes||We will have weekly quizzes and no midterm exam. The goals of the quizzes are to reinforce the concepts in recent classes and readings and assess an individual student understanding of recent topics/skills. They will generally cover material from previous classes. Quizzes will be given during the first 10-15 minutes of class on Tuesdays and no makeup or late quizzes will be given. You are allowed to miss up to three quizzes (the lowest three quiz grades will be dropped). The 10 quizzes with the highest scores will be used to calculate the final grade.|
This course will use
Piazza for a discussion board.
Information for accessing our class will be provided on the first day of class.
Participation on the discussion threads will count for 5% of your grade,
which you can earn in several ways.
|In-class exercises||We will often have in-class exercises. They will not be scheduled or announced ahead of time, and most will be graded on a "done / not done" basis. Some exercises will be graded via brief demonstrations to the instructor or TAs. Students are encouraged to work in small groups.|
|Five-minute papers||At the end of some classes, we will have a "five-minute paper." You will be asked to respond in written form to a simple question related to the day's lecture. This will be graded on a "done / not done" basis and count towards in-class exercises.|
Final exam is closed book/notes/web.
The only exception is a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper (double sided)
with hand-written or typed notes by the person taking the exam.
The final is in-class and comprehensive unless specified otherwise by instructor.
Appropriate documentation (as determined by instructor) and
requisite permissions are required for make-up exam requests.
Picture IDs are required to take all exams.
If you know in advance that you are unable to make an exam for a valid and unavoidable reason (such as a scheduled surgery, etc), you must notify me at least one week before the scheduled exam date to make arrangements for a make-up, and bring documentation with you when you take the make-up. If you miss an exam due to a university-accepted excused absence (such as an illness or car accident the day and time of the exam), you must notify me within 24 hours of your absence to make arrangements for a makeup, and bring approved documentation with you when you take the make-up exam. Failure to follow either of these policies will result in a zero grade on the exam.
|Late submission||Unless arrangements are worked out in advance, 25% per day will be deducted for late submissions. Assignments are not accepted after two days past the deadline.|
|Regrading Policy||If you are dissatisfied with a grade on a homework, programming assignment, quiz, or exam, you should consult with the instructor directly within a week of the day the graded work was returned to you. No regrade requests will be considered after this week period.|
|Phone calls, text messages, instant messages, email, and general web surfing are not allowed during class time. Computers may only be used to follow the material in class. Violators will be asked to close their devices or asked to leave the classroom. Repeat offenders will lose credit on the "Participation" grade.|
I occasionally send important announcements to your UVA email account,
so it is imperative that you read it regularly.
Students must use the UVA email system for all correspondence with the instructor and TAs (using the following email subject format: CS 4640 - insert your subject); if not, we may not notice it.
General assignments or class questions should not be sent through email — in such events, your email will be returned and you will be asked to post your question to the discussion board. In general, the turnaround time for responses to questions will be much quicker on the discussion board. Students should also avoid emailing their code to the instructor unless permission has been obtained (under no circumstances should code be posted publicly to the discussion board).
If you need to contact me via emails, please be aware that I typically answer emails during work hours Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
|Office hours||Office hours are times that I commit to being in my office, door open, first come, first served. You do not need an appointment, and no appointments are made. If you cannot make my office hours, then we can try to set up an appointment. I will inform you in class or on the discussion board if I have to miss office hours.|
Collaboration that is always allowed:
This course requires a significant amount of programming. These things are encouraged and allowed at all times for all students.
Students engaging in a more detailed discussion of the project specifics can cross into the area of collaboration that is acceptable only if documented. You must include the name of those whom you received specific assistance from and properly credit their contribution (we will refer to them as your "special helpers"). Documentation guidelines will be given on the assignment pages. Some examples:
You should be handling in code which represents your original, independent work. It should not be based on, influenced by, or copied from anyone else's.
|Resource usage||Under no circumstances should you be copying code from a project written by others found on the Internet or provided by others in other ways. There is no learning taking place in such actions.|
The School of Engineering and Applied Science relies upon
and cherishes its community of trust.
We firmly endorse, uphold, and embrace the Universityís Honor principle
that students will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor shall they tolerate those
who do. We recognize that even one honor infraction can destroy
an exemplary reputation that has taken years to build.
Acting in a manner consistent with the principles of honor will benefit
every member of the community both while enrolled in the Engineering School
and in the future.
Students are expected to be familiar with the university honor code, including the section on academic fraud. Each assignment will describe allowed collaborations, and deviations from these will be considered Honor violations. If you are in doubt regarding the requirements, please consult with me before you complete any requirement of this course. Unless otherwise noted, exams and individual assignments will be considered pledged that you have neither given nor received help. (Among other things, this means that you are not allowed to describe problems on an exam to a student who has not taken it yet. You are not allowed to show exam papers to another student or view another studentís exam papers while working on an exam.) Send, receiving or otherwise copying electronic files that are part of course assignments are not allowed collaborations (except for those explicitly allowed in assignment instructions). Assignments or exams where honor infractions or prohibited collaborations occur will receive a zero grade for that entire assignment or exam. Such infractions will also be submitted to the Honor Committee if that is appropriate. Students who have had prohibited collaborations may not be allowed to work with partners on remaining homeworks.
|SDAC and Other Special Circumstances||If you have been identified as an SDAC student, please let the Center know you are taking this class. If you suspect you should be an SDAC student, please schedule an appointment with them for an evaluation. Students who need academic accommodations should see me and contact the SDAC. All academic accommodations must be arranged through the SDAC. If you have other special circumstances (athletics, other university-related activities, etc.) please contact instructor and/or TA as soon as you know these may affect you in class.|