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CSC 261: Self-Directed Learning: Web Programming: 3 hours


Students use independent learning techniques combine with class discussion to learn to build websites using HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript. In the lab, students learn how to structure self-learning. One lecture, one lab, and on-line learning each week. Lab: CSC261L Corequisite: CSC 150

Goals for CSC 261 are:

Upon completion of this course students will:

  1. Be able to create web pages with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP
  2. Have developed skills in being a life long learner

Course outcomes for CSC 261 are:

Upon complete of CSC 261, students will understand:

  • how to build web sites uses HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP
  • security issues associated with websites
  • ethical issues associated with websites
  • how to structure their own self learning on future tasks.

Program outcomes for CSC 261 are:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal, ethical, and moral principles.
  5. Learn new areas of technology


  1. Self-learning at the application level by
    • having the technical material being covered by existing online lessons found in the ACM learning center and other professional sites
    • having discussions about how to get the most out of online lessons
    • demonstrating how to establish education goals, outcomes, and tasks to learn specific tasks.
  2. Note taking at the application level by grading the notes students take while working through online lessons
  3. Technical writing by requiring students to create at least one website covering a technical topic and grading it on the way it communicates the information
  4. Professionalism at the application level by holding discussions about the differences between building websites for oneself/friends (as a hobby) and doing it as a job.
  5. Security at the introductory level by covering at least two different security issues associated with website development
  6. Ethics at an introductory level by discussing the responsibilities of a website provider for the content of the material posted on the website.
  7. Verbal communications at the introductory level by requiring each student to make presentation (at least 5 minutes) discussing either what was learned in a lesson or presenting a website created by the student.


Course Content


  * Covid related polices, etc
  * Integrity
  * Late work 
  * Software Standards
  * Software Development Report


Learning Assignments

  • Learning journals. At the end of each section (HTML, JavaScript, PHP), you are require to submit your learning journal (as per class discussion). The learning journal can be electronic or hard copy. It must be easily accessible to the instructors. Because it can be hard copy or electronic, email the electronic copy to Dr. Bareiss (do not submit via canvas). Hard copy is due in Dr. Bareiss' hands by the due date by 5:00pm. Electronic copy is also due by 5:00 on the due date.
    • HTML due date: January 29th
    • Javascript due date: March 12
    • PHP due date: April 23rd
  • Learning Plan (Due April 23rd). This will be discussed in class. It is a sample learning plan that could be used for CSC 463.

Web development assignments can be found on the schedule


  • Homework and quizzes
    • Learning assignments and quizzes are worth 10% of the grade
    • Online learning assignments are worth 30% of the grade. They can be done multiple times but MUST be completed by the quiz of that section
  • Websites: Each section will require the development of its own website using that technology. These are worth 30% of the grade
  • Exams/quizzes: The quizzes and final exam are worth 30% of the grade with the final being worth twice the weight any quiz.
  • Grade scale
    • 93% <= average <= 100% -> A
    • 90% <= average < 93% -> A-
    • 87% <= average < 90% -> B+
    • 83% <= average < 87% -> B
    • 80% <= average < 83% -> B-
    • 77% <= average < 80% -> C+
    • 73% <= average < 77% -> C
    • 70% <= average < 73% -> C-
    • 67% <= average < 70% -> D+
    • 63% <= average < 67% -> D
    • 60% <= average < 63% -> D-
    • 0% <= average < 60% -> F

Tentative Schedule

Language Tutorial Exercises Tuesday
with Dr. Bareiss)
with Pete)
HTML and CSS (First, read ToS and Privacy Policy)


AttributesTables Jan 12
Tracking what you are learning
Jan 14
  1. Quiz topics that the Tutorial lacks:
  2. 40 Questions
ListsCharset Lists … <code> Jan 19
Levels of learning
Jan 21
Fewer this week due to Quiz topics: FormsInput Attributes Jan 26
Deciding what to learn
Jan 28
JavaScript HOMEFunctions VariablesData Types Feb 2
Using what you learned
Feb 4 25 Questions
ObjectsDate Set Methods FunctionsDates Feb 9
Showing what you learned
Feb 10
MathScope MathWhile Loops Feb 16
Learning more than just the immediate item
Feb 18
HoistingReserved Words Loop Break 1 and 2 Feb 23
Productive learning?
Feb 25
Reduced load for Spring Break week: None

(which is good for Spring Break week)

Mar 2
Spring Break
Mar 4
DOM 19 Mar 9
Types of sources for knowledge and evaluating them
Mar 11
PHP HOMEData Types Syntax and Variables Mar 16
Mar 18
  1. Quiz topics that the Tutorial lacks:
  2. 25 Questions
StringsLoops StringsLoops Mar 23
Mar 25
FunctionsForm URL/E-mail FunctionsForms Mar 30
Deciding your topic for CSC 463
Apr 1
Easter Break
Form CompleteCookies DatesAdvanced 4 ("Create a cookie…") Apr 6
Planning your schedule
Apr 8
Fewer this week due to Quiz topics:

(NB: filters are security-critical)

Advanced 5 ("Create a session variable…") and Advanced 6 ("Output…the session variable…") Apr 13
Identifying your sources
Apr 15
PHP Project Week

(Next time, change schedule to allocate HTML and JavaScript Project Weeks)

Apr 20
Identifying your products
Apr 22
Apr 27
Final Exam week
Apr 29
Final Exam: 1:00-3:00PM


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