CSCI 315 Syllabus – Spring 2015


Aspen Olmsted
Course website :
Tel: 843.953.6600
Email: Please use with Subject = CSCI315
Office: Harbor Walk East 315
Office hours: TR 10:00 – 11:00 AM, T 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Class place and time

Harber Walk East 300, TR 2:10-3:25 pm

Catalog description

CSCI 315 Server-Side Web Programming
This course focuses on service-side web development using current technologies. The course balances conceptual topics with practical skills for designing, implementing, and modeling web services and data structures. Students learn key technologies and the roles they play in distributed computing. Topics include: serialization, service-side databases, and security issues.

Course Outcomes

Describe web applications, CGI, and the role of dynamic programming models.

  1. Understand Server Side technologies.
  2. Develop server side tag based pages.
  3. Develop server side class based pages.
  4. Implement server side patterns.
  5. Understand the server side lifecycle.
  6. Describe and implement authentication models.
  7. Implement asynchronous server side tech.
  8. Understand the role of AJAX-style client side programming.
  9. Understand and manage HTTP sessions in a web application.

Professor Assumptions

I am assuming because you are in this class you want to learn about server side programming.  Therefore, it is my job to use the 40 hour long classes and 80 hours of outside work to get you there.

Required text

Murach’s Java Servlets and JSP (3r Edition), Prices Range from $34(Used) to $57.50 (New)

Grading scale

100-90 (A); 89-87 (A-); 86-84 (B+); 83-80 (B); 79-77 (B-); 76-74 (C+); 73-70 (C); 69-67 (C-); 66-60 (D); else (F)

Evaluation schedule

35% – Project Assignments
30% – Quizzes
15% – 1st Test
20% – 2nd Test

Programming Assignments

Over the semester you will be assigned 5 projects to be completed individually.  The textbook has 4 chapters covering the project application (21-24).  Due dates will be posted to Oaks and project code needs to be upload to Oaks before the due date.  Students will be expected to present their projects in class on the due date.


Each week will we will have take home quizzes covering the topics covered from the textbook & class the previous week.  The quizzes will be in Oaks.  Please check for due dates.


We will have two tests in this course.  One test will be around midterm time and will cover all material to that point.  At the end of the semester we will have a cumulative test covering chapters 1-20 from the textbook.  The tests will be similar to the quizzes except they will be closed book.


Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me individually to discuss your specific needs. Also, please contact the College of Charleston, Center for disability Services for additional help.

Student Honor Code
I expect you to abide by the Honor Code and the Student Handbook: A Guide to Civil and Honorable Conduct. If you have a question about how to interpret the Honor Code, ask before acting! I encourage collaboration, but you must document it. Thus, each student will submit their own homework and, when collaborating, provide a reference to those people and documents consulted.

Attendance at regular classes is not mandatory, but is a great way to engage the course material and to ask questions. Attendance for tests and the exam is expected (rescheduling for sickness is accommodated). Please do not attend class if you are sick or believe you are becoming ill. It is best to document your absence through an absence report in Undergraduate Academic Services. ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN AT ALL CLASS SESSIONS.

Electronic Devices
The use of electronic devices, both stand-alone and network capable, will play an increasingly important roll in teaching and learning at the College of Charleston, including their use in our classrooms. Just be respectful about unnecessary distractions to you and to others seated around you.

How to report an absence

Students should…

Come to 67 George Street (white house next to Stern Center) to discuss absences and fill out the appropriate forms. Or get forms online at: Forms can be faxed to the College at 953-2290.

Students will need documentation for health, personal or emergency situations.  Athletic Teams and school-sponsored trips will have documented lists of students participating on our letterhead as early in the semester as we get the information from the organization. We would like all information on scheduled outings to reach us at least two full weeks in advance. We will then turn the information back to the coach or advisor.

Academic Integrity
Lying, cheating, attempted cheating, and plagiarism are violations of our Honor Code that, when identified, are investigated. Each incident will be examined to determine the degree of deception involved.

Incidents where the instructor determines the student’s actions are related more to a misunderstanding will be handled by the instructor. A written intervention designed to help prevent the student from repeating the error will be given to the student. The intervention, submitted by form and signed both by the instructor and the student, will be forwarded to the Dean of Students and placed in the student’s file.

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be reported directly by the instructor and/or others having knowledge of the incident to the Dean of Students. A student found responsible by the Honor Board for academic dishonesty will receive a XF in the course, indicating failure of the course due to academic dishonesty. This grade will appear on the student’s transcript for two years after which the student may petition for the X to be expunged. The student may also be placed on disciplinary probation, suspended (temporary removal) or expelled (permanent removal) from the College by the Honor Board.

Students should be aware that unauthorized collaboration–working together without permission– is a form of cheating. Unless the instructor specifies that students can work together on an assignment, quiz and/or test, no collaboration during the completion of the assignment is permitted. Other forms of cheating include possessing or using an unauthorized study aid (which could include accessing information via a cell phone or computer), copying from others’ exams, fabricating data, and giving unauthorized assistance.

Research conducted and/or papers written for other classes cannot be used in whole or in part for any assignment in this class without obtaining prior permission from the instructor. Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in the Student  Handbook at

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