LIS-5364 Web Development and Administration

LIS-5364 -Web Development and Administration
Mode of Instruction: Synchronous Online (via Collaborate/Elluminate)

Instructor: John R. Marks, IV
Office: William Johnston Building (WJB 2027)

Course website(s):
Information and materials for this course is always available at


All students taking LIS5364 are recommended to have previously taken and passed LIS5362.


This course provides an intermediate introduction to Web administration and development. Students will learn web administration, including but not limited to Linux and cloud server skills as well as introductory server side and client side programming, including but not limited to PHP, MySQL, and Javascript.


By the end of the course, students will be able to



First Day Attendance Policy: Official university policy is that any student not attending the first class meeting will be automatically dropped from the class. For distance students, this policy is interpreted as posting to the discussion forum "First Day Attendance" no later than the first day of the semester. Regular participation via the Canvas course interface is required. Official coursenannouncements, review materials, assignments, and help archives will all be on-line at this site.


We will be using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for the class, so please make sure your computer is up to speed. No major downloads are necessary except Java, and you will not need a webcam, but you should have functioning speakers or headset. This should work in any Javascript-capable browser.

I also recommend that you use a wired connection, or at least a very strong, uninterrupted wireless connection.


Your grade will consist of the following 2 types of graded items; Assignments and Tests. Assignments will comprise smallercomprehension exercises designed to assess your knowledge of the material. as well as "hands-on" type deliverables, in which you will turn in code that you write yourself. Tests will be larger comprehension exercises to be completed in a relatively short period of time; that is, within a class period.

Assignments: 4 x 10% = 40%
Tests: 2 x 15% = 30%
Final Project 1 x 30 = 30%


Like all items in the syllabus, this is subject to change:

Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absenceswill be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse.Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.Corroborating documentation for all excuses must be submitted in writing, must be signed bythe excusing authority, and must include complete contact information for the authority, including telephone numbers and address.It is the student's responsibility to verify course drops and check that fees are adjusted.In addition, the course requires that attendance in distance and in-class classes shall mean regularaccess to the course web site via, regular participation in class discussion forums, aswell as proper submission of assignments and timely review of grades. Here, "regular" shall mean asubstantial amount of time on a weekly basis.

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(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.
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Incomplete (“I”) grades will not be assigned, except in the case of exceptional unforeseen circumstances that occur within the last three weeks of the semester and your work has otherwise been satisfactory (C average).

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