Revised: August 28, 2001

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus

Internet Programming I, Fall 2001, IST 227-01N, Tuesdays 12:30-16:20, CT312
Instructor: Dr. William M. Pegram,

Web Site for Class: (most up-to-date)
Alternative site for class:

Course Description:

This course is a hands-on introduction to JavaScript.  It is the first time this course has been offered.  In Spring 2001, I taught IST195: JavaScript and VBScript.  IST227 will be similar to that, except we will be using a different book and will have slightly different content - instead of covering VBScript, which we did for about 3 weeks in the other course, we will briefly cover server-side JavaScript and linking to databases.

Floppy Disks

You will want to bring a floppy disk to class so that you can save your work.  If you forget to bring a disk, you can save your work to the c drive and then send an email to yourself with the file as an attachment or FTP the file to your website.  Put your name on the floppy in case you leave it in the drive.


If you miss class, please check the class website for any changes to the schedule, including new assignments.    When class is cancelled due to inclement weather or instructor absence, assignments and topics will be pushed back to the next class date.  

Office Hours: Before or after class.

Communication with Instructor: In addition to office hours, all class periods will have time for substantial one-on-one assistance from the instructor.  Particularly if you are having difficulty with this class, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this.  Asking questions in this way is generally more efficient than email.  


JavaScript (Comprehensive) by Don Gosselin, Course Technology, ISBN 0-619-01555-1, 2000.  This book is available in the bookstore and through the Course Technology website,  Unfortunately, this book has a number of errors -- however these seem largely confined to the first 100 pages.  I will create a web page for each chapter (linked from the schedule page) that will incorporate what I view to be the more significant errors listed in the Course Technology web site material for instructors, and will add additional items that you or I find as we go through the book.  I have written a page which describes my opinion of other books if you would like to use another book as well.

Required Email Address and Host for Web Page:

Students must provide email the instructor with an email address and web page address for the work you will do in this class.  Provide the email address that is most convenient for you, which may or may not be your NOVA email address.  In all emails to the instructor, please include the course number in the subject line and your first and last name in the body of the email.  

In most cases, you will host your web site at NOVA or at your Internet Service Provider, if you have one.   You should not host your site at a free service like Geocities for two reasons: (1) using a free service will result in ads on your site, and (2) free services often offer file transfer programs that are initially easier to use than the file transfer program taught in this course, but are much less powerful.  

NOVA provides 2MB of free web space to each student which should be more than adequate unless your site is very unusual (e.g., containing a number of large files - sound, image, PowerPoint files, etc.).  Students must have a NOVA email account for them to have web space at NOVA, therefore all students should gain access to their NOVA email at the beginning of the semester unless they plan on hosting their site elsewhere.  

Grading Policy:

Midterm (25%), Final (25%), Project (25%), Homework (25%).  Although this suggests that homework is  unimportant, quite the opposite is true.  The best way to prepare for the exams is to give your best on each assignment and do it in a timely fashion so that you get feedback from the instructor.  There will be at least 7 homework assignments due.


Assignments will receive a 10% grade penalty if they are not on your web site when I go to grade it.  Assignments that are more than 1 class period late, will either not be accepted (if I have discussed the solution) or will receive an additional 10% off for each additional class period late.  If you must miss an exam, please contact the instructor so that he can arrange for a makeup exams through the Testing Center.

The web project will likely be to write JavaScript that meets certain requirements rather than having students do a web site on a topic chosen by each student.  Although the latter approach is the way I have done it in my web-related classes in the past, if all students are doing the same project, I can better evaluate your work and  you can know what, and how much, is expected.

Academic Integrity

In general, students are expected to follow the Information Technology Student Ethics Agreement as posted in computer areas and academic integrity standards as set down in the Student Handbook.

In addition, I want to give you specific guidance regarding the following issues:

(1) On homework assignments and projects, students may ask for and receive some assistance from others, unless otherwise directed by the instructor.  Yet those helping a student should avoid "doing the work" for the student.  If students receive significant assistance from others, the student should give credit to these individuals.  No assistance is permitted on exams and quizzes.

(2) Because students will be posting their homework on their web sites, using another person's homework without their knowledge is much easier in this class than in others.  However, it is wrong, a violation of trust among students and faculty, and if detected, may result in a range of penalties, from receiving zero on the assignment, to failure or removal from the course, to referral of the matter to the college 

(3) Academic integrity issues are also involved where 
(a) the student has made substantial use of material from elsewhere on the web or from other sources,
(b) the instructor might reasonably conclude that the work was the student's own work, and
(c) no credit is given, either on the web page or as a comment in the HTML code.

In cases where the use was inadvertent or relatively minor, the student will simply be reminded to correct the deficiency. 

(4) In instances where it is clear that the material is not one's own (e.g. a photo that the student would not have taken), no academic integrity issues are involved.  In these instances, attribution is still useful however.  For example, if the student wishes to make commercial use of the material at some future date, it may be necessary to get permission to utilize the material.  If one has not made attributed the source when the page was created, one may very well forget the source of the material and thus be unable to get permission.  Failure to attribute sources in these instances will only result in the student losing a few points.

Withdrawal from the Class:

Wednesday, Friday, September 5 is the last day for schedule adjustments and textbook refunds.  Monday, October 29 is the last day to withdraw without grade penalty or to change to audit.  If you haven't withdrawn from the class or switched to audit by that date, you will receive a grade at the end of the semester based on the work you have completed in the class.  If you think you have dropped or withdrawn from the class, make sure of this.  The project and final together are worth 50% of your grade, so if you don't do either, you will receive an F for the class.


Instead of giving incompletes, I will change the submitted grade if the missing work is submitted after the end of the semester.  There is no deadline for you to complete this work, but in every case where my students have not submitted the work within a week or so of the end of class, no work has every been submitted, so you should make every effort to complete the work within the allotted time.


Policies regarding auditors vary by instructor but the college desires that we impose at least a minimum requirement that you attend class.  My requirement for auditing is that you attend at least 75% of the class sessions.  As the course develops, you should make also clear to me whether you will be doing homework assignments or not so I know whether to look for them or not on your website.

Learning Environment

NVCC is a place for learning and growing.  You should feel safe and comfortable anywhere on this campus.  In order to meet this objective, you should: a) let your instructor, his/her supervisor, the Dean of Students or Provost know if any unsafe, unwelcome or uncomfortable situation arises that interferes with the learning process; (b) inform the instructor within the first two weeks of classes if you have special needs or a disability that may affect your performance in this course.

Fire/Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Students should familiarize themselves with both the primary and secondary routes that are to be used, in case you need to evacuate the building, as well as other evacuation procedures to be followed.