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CSC170: Introduction to Programming and the Web
Fall 2012

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This course is a hands-on introduction to computer programming using the Javascript computer language in the context of web pages. You will be learning to program a computer by writing web pages that include computer programs. Topics include web and web browser basics, HTML, CSS, basic programming concepts using Javascript, and Web 2.0 concepts.


George Ferguson <ferguson at cs dot rochester dot edu>

Office hours: Wed 11:00-12:00 in CSB731


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:05am - 12:20pm, Lower Strong


Days Time Location TAs
MW 14:00-15:15 Gavett 244 Michaela Kerem mkerem at u.rochester.edu
Ge Wu gwu7 at u.rochester.edu
Alex Wilson alexwilson at rochester.edu
MW 18:15-19:30 Gavett 244 Tao Fu tfu at u.rochester.edu
Matt Overlan m.overlan at rochester.edu
Hao Chen hchen42 at u.rochester.edu

Attendance in lab is mandatory.

You will probably want to bring a flash drive to use for storing your files. You can also email them to yourself or store them in the cloud somewhere, but a flash drive is a good idea for starters.

I have posted some Notes on using Eclipse for Web Development.


Internet and World Wide Web How To Program (5th Edition) by Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel, and Abbey Deitel (Prentice-Hall, ISBN 978-0132151009) [UR Bookstore | Amazon].

The 5th edition is updated for HTML5, which is A Good Thing. The 4th edition is also ok if you already have it. You'll have to do a little bit of re-mapping in the syllabus, and use online or other sources for any HTML5 specifics.

On the subject of HTML5, I have found the following book useful: Introducing HTML5 (2nd Edition) by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp (New Riders Press, ISBN 978-0321784421) [Amazon].


The course will cover most of the material in Chapters 1 through 16 of the textbook: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, the DOM, JS events, 2D graphics using the HTML5 Canvas element, and AJAX.

Detailed syllabus (NOTE: subject to change)


Assignments will be given out weekly to complement the material covered in class. Each assignment will have two parts. The first part will be given out in lab on Wednesday. The second part will be made available after class on Thursday. You can work on it up to and including lab on Monday.

Assignments are announced on BlackBoard and also listed in the full list of assignments as they are posted.

Assignments are due in BlackBoard by 11:00PM Monday.

Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day up to a maximum of three days late. Assignments will not be accepted more than three days late.

If you anticipate a problem submitting an assignment on time, contact the instructor or your TA well before the deadline. Please also note the University policy on attendance and illness.


Grades in the course will be calculated as follows:

Lab Assignments12 @ 3 1/3% each40%
Exams2 @ 20% each40%
Quizzesapprox 15 @ 1% each15%

Your letter grade will follow the University of Rochester Grading Scheme. Note that the University scheme puts average somewhere between C and B. The following table is an estimate of how the numeric grades will map onto the letter grades:

BAbove Average≥75%
CMinimum Satisfactory Grade≥60%
DMinimum Passing Grade≥50%

Note that this mapping is subject to change at the sole discretion of the instructor, but is provided as a guideline.

CETL Accomodation

If you have an accommodation from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, you must contact the instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements for assignments, quizzes, exams, and whatever else might be needed. We are happy to accommodate you, but you have to start the process.

For exams, please be sure to enter the exam in the CETL Test Accomodation System as soon as possible. Again, we can't do this for you. Exam dates are listed in the detailed syllabus.

Last update: Wednesday, 19-Sep-2012 09:50:01 EDT