This course provides an introduction to constructing complete
information systems based on the client-server model. On the client
side, we introduce graphical user-interfaces, their design and
implementation, as well as commonly used tools such as database
access clients and report generators. On the server side we
introduce database management systems and the use of server-side
programming tools that provide connectivity for clients and access
to database systems. Along the way, students are introduced to the
basics of distributed computing and computer networks.
Welling & Thomson.
PHP and MySQL Web Development
Indianapolis, IN: Sams Publishing.
Recommended (Very Strongly!)
Musciano & Kennedy.
HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide
Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates.
(Good SQL help - great for CSIS 340 too)
Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes
Indianapolis, IN: Sams Publishing.
Students will put their programming skills to use in constructing a
complete end-to-end information system solution. This will often
be their first opportunity to construct a non-trivial system of
Students will be introduced to a number of topics that are
covered in more detail in other courses. This introduction serves two
It gives all students exposure to important
technologies and components (e.g., networks,
database systems and languages, clients, middleware development
Students will be better prepared to choose
follow-on courses that explore some of these topics in much
greater detail, improving their ability to tailor their
In addition to regular lectures and written assignments, this
course will include a substantial
programming assignment that
will result in the construction of a complete end-to-end
information system solution.
Programming assignments may be carried out in one or more prescribed
high-level languages. Instruction in the use of
these languages will be provided.
The course will include regular homework and programming
assignments (please see my
comments on collaboration and
programming). Assignments are
due BEFORE the beginning of class on the due date; there will be
NO CREDIT given for late assignments (without
an excused absence) - turn in as much as you can.
Reading assignments should be completed
before the lecture covering the material.
Not all reading material will be covered in the lectures,
but you will be responsible for the material on homework
Quizzes over the assigned reading
may be given at any time.
The Vision Statement of the Computer Science and Information Systems
majors states that our students are distinctive by:
"Bringing a Christ-centered worldview to our increasingly technological
As one step towards the fulfillment of this objective, each
semester, we will identify an influential Christian writing to be read
and reflected upon by students in our classes throughout the term.
This will be treated as an official component of every course and will
be uniquely integrated and assessed at our discretion, generally
as a component of the quiz grade.
See the semester's reading schedule.
In addition, regular meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester
that can be attended for Chapel credit.
It is my hope that students will not view this as one more task to
complete, but as a catalyst for continued discussion ultimately leading
to a deeper walk with Christ.
The chief end of man is to glorify God, and enjoy Him
forever. (Westminster Confession)
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and
require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services office
early in the term so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.
You will need to provide current documentation of your disability to
Disability Services. For more information, contact
Rick Muthiah, Director of Disability Services.