Course Overview

Welcome to CS 297, Web Applications!

Catalog Description: A survey of technologies and techniques for designing and implementing high-performance, web-based software. Topics include client-server computing, usable graphical user interfaces, web-based information retrieval and processing, testing and debugging practices, and security issues and vulnerability prevention.

Topics covered include

Classroom work will consist of lecture, discussion, and lab experimentation. Written work will consist of several homework and programming assignments, one exam, and a significant project.

After taking this course, you should be able to

Instructional Staff

Sara Sprenkle
Office: Parmly Hall 410
Office Hours:
E-mail Address:
Phone Number: (540) 458-8309 (it is better to email me than to call)

Course Information

CS 297, Section 01
Lecture: MWF 1:25-3:25 p.m.


Programming the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition, Robert Sebesta.

Course Policies

Student Responsibilities

Instructor Responsibilities
I will try to make this course and its material as exciting for you as it is for me. I will be respectful of student questions and misunderstandings. I will give prompt, constructive feedback from assignments. I will be available during office hours and by appointment. I will do my best to respond to questions via email within 24 hours.

Honor System
You may discuss individual programming assignments informally with other students. However, sharing a solution, in the form of experimental results or the design or implementation of a program, is an honor violation. Students should know where to draw the line between getting legitimate outside assistance with course material and outright cheating. Students who obtain too much assistance without learning the material ultimately cheat themselves the most. If you have any uncertainty about what this means, consult with me before you collaborate. All written assignments should be done individually.

Participation and attendance
To receive full credit for class participation and attendance, you must have less than three unexcused absences from class and you must be actively engaged in the classroom by answering and asking questions each class when appropriate and by being respectful of other students. The average grade for participation is a B-.

The schedule, including important dates, is posted at the beginning of the semester. You should plan accordingly. If there are acceptable conflicts, tell me at the beginning of the semester and then remind me about a week in advance.

General grading policies
Programs turned in with syntax errors will receive no credit. "Roll back" your program (using version control management software) into a state where it does not have syntax errors.

Late policy
All assigned work is due on the date specified. Any assignment turned in after the due date/time but on the same day will be penalized 10%. Any assignment turned in after the day on which it is due will be penalized an additional 10% for each late day. No assignment will be accepted that is more than three school days late. If you turn an assignment in late, you must indicate this somehow (in comments, on paper, etc.).


Grades for the course will be computed as follows: