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LIBR 240-03
Information Technology Tools and Applications
Fall 2008 Greensheet

Paul Smith

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Students must self-enroll in the Blackboard site for this course. An access code for enrollment will be sent via MySJSU.

Course Description

This course examines the different ways in which we can structure, store, process, access, and present information on a Web site. It emphasizes the tools of information technology.

For the Fall 2008 Session, we will focus on modular Website design and coding pages for the Internet. We will learn to write XHTML (correct web page tags and syntax), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and get an introduction to Javascript, PHP, XML, and "web 2.0".  Also, digital graphic (picture) elements' - creation, usage, and their editing tools will be explored. 

In this class students will:

  1. Understand the client server relationship and work with a Unix server.
  2. Design easy-to-navigate, logical web sites.
  3. Create content in XHTML format.
  4. Design interfaces using CSS
  5. Incorporate Web design features such as frames, interactive forms using PHP, image maps, internal search engines, and widgets.
  6. Work with Javascript to create DHTML (Dynamic HTML)
  7. Create and edit GIF and JPG graphics, and optimize their usage.
  8. Study design, accessibility, and cultural issues
  9. Learn to appreciate that, while less is often more, it may take hundreds of overly complex designs ideas to finally create the perfect "simple" site.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. Target specific information communities that he/she wishes to reach via the Internet.
  2. Create conceptual and practical strategies for reaching these various information communities.
  3. Understand the modular building block techniques of modern Web site design.
  4. Design professional Web sites using XHTML and incorporating tables, frames, multimedia, image maps, and graphics.
  5. 5. Understand php form design, DHTML javascript, internal search engines, rss syndication, blogs, wikis, and other new features of "web 2.0".

LIBR 240 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

Textbooks and Resources

Previous experience with computer programming languages is not a prerequisite. Required readings and materials will be available in class and online and assigned from the following textbook:

This course will include an introduction to, and usages of the following software:

(Most of the above are available either free or as a free 30-day trial;  for example, you may want to search cnet's download site http://www.download.com/  or www.adobe.com for the Photoshop demo.)

Course Requirements

Course Schedule
Libr 240-03 meets online with Blackboard including 3 "Live" online Elluminate meetings:

These online sessions will utilize Blackboard's and Elluminate's live discussion components and testing tools.  For those sessions without a live group discussion, I will still be online every Tuesday evening to answer questions, troubleshoot problems, and discuss concerns.
Tuesdays (flexible for online students - only 3 required attendance Tuesday "live" meetings)

Blackboard and Elluminate
I will be setting up Blackboard and Elluminate session sites. Look for an email with log-in info soon. If you don't receive your links and passwords by Tues, Aug 26, 2008, please contact me at: paul22luap@yahoo.com

Assignments and Grading

Weekly Assignments & Quizzes 50 points
Final Exam 25 points
Final Web Project 25 points

Late Assignments
Late assignments will not be accepted. If you have an illness (medical certificate supplied) or a family tragedy please contact the instructor.

Grading Scale
The standard SJSU SLIS Grading Scale is utilized for all SLIS courses:

97-100 A
94-96 A-
91-93 B+
88-90 B
85-87 B-
82-84 C+
79-81 C
76-78 C-
73-75 D+
70-72 D
67-69 D-
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:

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.

Academic Integrity
Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San José State University, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The policy on academic integrity can be found at http://sa.sjsu.edu/student_conduct.

Reasonable Accommodation of Disabilities
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please e-mail me as soon as possible. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to establish record of their disability.

No matter where students reside, they should contact the SJSU DRC to register. The DRC Web site: http://www.drc.sjsu.edu/

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