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College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Information Technology Tools and Applications - Advanced - Building Web Applications with PHP and JavaScript
INFO 246

  • Spring 2023
  • Sections 03, 10
  • 3 Unit(s)
  • 01/25/2023 to 05/15/2023
  • Modified 05/22/2023

Canvas Information

This course will be available on Canvas beginning January 25th, 6 am PT.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Contact Information

Course Information

Contacting the Instructor
I check my email account at least once per day, Monday-Friday, usually in the daytime. I generally do not check for emails on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays.

Emergency email: [email protected]
(Use only if no reply is received within 48 hours from my regular email)

Important Dates
Semester: Spring 2023 (2022/01/25 through 2022/05/15)

Spring Recess: March 27-March 27

Course Format
The class is taken entirely online via the Class Web Site.

Course Description and Requisites

This course is an introduction to using JavaScript to build dynamic web pages, that is, web pages that automatically change according to a user's input, and to use PHP to create cloud-based applications. You will be reading from the class web site, watching videos, and doing programming exercises. The assignments will be problems that you will solve by coding JavaScript and PHP in HTML pages that exercise the concepts learned to date.


INFO 202, other prerequisites may be added depending on content.

Classroom Protocols


Students are expected to participate fully in all class activities. It is expected that students will be open-minded and participate fully in discussions in class and debate in a mature and respectful manner. Use of derogatory, condescending, or offensive language including profanity is prohibited. Disagreement is healthy and perfectly acceptable. Expressing disagreement should always include an explanation of your reasoning and, whenever possible, evidence to support your position. In accordance with San José State University's Policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal laws, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited in any form.

Program Information

Course Workload

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 Goals

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) Supported

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.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Use the basic syntax of coding PHP programs.
  2. Use HTML forms with PHP.
  3. Use standard PHP functions and be able to write their own custom functions.
  4. Incorporate JavaScript into HTML.
  5. Identify the types of data and operators in JavaScript.
  6. Implement loops in JavaScript programs.
  7. Declare functions and add objects along with their methods and properties in JavaScript.
  8. Manage JavaScript events by using event handlers.
  9. Build a small Web application using PHP and JavaScript.

Course Materials


No Textbooks For This Course.

Course Requirements and Assignments


There are 8 assignments that will require you to solve programming problems using JavaScript and PHP.

Participation in the Discussion Area is worth 10 points.

The Final Exam is worth 10 points.

Each assignment has a target due date (details will be posted on the class Web site), and there is a 4-day grace period for each assignment.

NO assignments or exams will be accepted after the FINAL DATE of this class (listed at the top of this page) unless I've given you an explicit extension.

Assignment Points and Due Dates

Lesson Assignment Due Date Points Possible
Building Web Applications Assignment-1 2023-02-05 10
PHP Basics Assignment-2 2023-02-12 10
PHP Coding Assignment-3 2023-02-26 10
PHP Loops and File I/O Assignment-4 2023-03-12 10
JavaScript Basics Assignment-5 2023-04-02 10
JavaScript Decisions and Loops Assignment-6 2023-04-16 10
JavaScript Functions and Events Assignment-7 2023-04-30 10
Combining PHP and JavaScript Assignment-8 2023-05-14 10
Participation Ongoing 2023-05-15 10
Final Exam Quiz-Final 2023-05-15 10
Total:     100

Assignment Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Building Web
Assignment 1 Assignment supports CLO#4
PHP Basics Assignment 2 Assignment supports CLO#1
PHP Coding Assignment 3 Assignment supports CLO#2
Assignment supports CLO#3
PHP Loops and File I/O Assignment 4 Assignment supports CLO#1
JavaScript Basics Assignment 5 Assignment supports CLO#4
Assignment supports CLO#5
JavaScript Decisions and Loops Assignment 6 Assignment supports CLO#6
JavaScript Functions & Events Assignment 7 Assignment supports CLO#7
Assignment supports CLO#8
Combining JavaScript
with PHP
Assignment 8 Assignment supports CLO#9

Grading Policy and Standards

80% Assignments
10% Participation
10% Final Examination

Grading Information

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100A
94 to 96A minus
91 to 93B plus
88 to 90B
85 to 87B minus
82 to 84C plus
79 to 81C
76 to 78C minus
73 to 75D plus
70 to 72D
67 to 69D minus
Below 67F


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 (PDF), relevant university policy concerning all courses, such as student responsibilities, academic integrity, accommodations, dropping and adding, consent for recording of class, etc. and available student services (e.g. learning assistance, counseling, and other resources) are listed on the Syllabus Information web page. Make sure to visit this page to review and be aware of these university policies and resources.