ISMG 6240 - Interactive Multimedia Systems
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Instructor: Dr. Dawn Gregg
Office Location: 1380 Lawrence St., Suite 390, Office P
Office Phone: (303) 315-8449
Presents a broad coverage of interactive multimedia Systems using the
World Wide Web as a delivery platform. The course emphasizes the following
knowledge and skills;
- understanding the principles of web page and web site design and the
process of publishing Web pages;
- understanding the software engineering principles for interactive
multimedia Systems, especially the standard object models and scripting
- understanding the framework for Web document interchange, especially the
standard W3C languages (such as XML, XHTML, and XSL) for coding the content,
structure, and layout of web pages.
This course requires some background in programming and database applications
The official prerequisite is
ISMG6080 (Database Management Systems). The prerequisite to ISMG6080
is a previous course (or equivalent experience and knowledge) in computer
programming. If you do not have knowledge of SQL and a programming language, you
should not take this course. No prior knowledge of web development is required.
Be Prepared: It is assumed that you
will read the assigned chapters before each class. The topics covered in this
course are difficult to master without substantial amount of effort. You will
need a great deal of time for experimenting and practicing code. Read the manual
for the Java software you are using. Your computer and compiler are good
teachers. Be prepared to try out things by yourself. Use the debugger, dig into
texts, try on-line help.
- Late work: Projects and
Assignments will not be accepted late. There will be group discussions regarding
the assignments immediately after they are due and thus it is imperative that
work be completed ON TIME. Assignments received after the
due date will receive a 0 - no exceptions.
- Email: My courses can be difficult and often students get to places in their
assignments where they do not know what to do next. I encourage you to ask
questions in class, office hours and via email. Always include the course
number (ISMG 6240) and your name in the email.
When asking a question via
email please do the following:
- Clearly give me a specific question.
- If you have an error message(s) you do not understand put a copy of the
error message(s) in the email and attach your code so I can see where it occurs.
- If your code compiles but runs strangely describe the behavior and attach
your code (e.g. I input the id and then nothing happens)
- If you do not understand what is expected - explain what parts of the
assignment you do not understand.
- If you are having difficulty deciding how to approach a problem - describe
to me what you think you should be doing and I will let you know what you have
right & where you might be wrong.
- DO NOT email me and say here is what I have so far what do I do next...
Typically, I allow students to turn in assignments via
email. However, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that I
actually received the assignment. I recommend that students CC themselves
when emailing an assignment to me so they know the email was actually sent.
In addition, if you do not receive a reply indicating that I received the
assignment within 24 hours the student will need to resend the assignment and/or
bring it in by hand. An assignment that is received late due to an email
problem is still considered late. Students need to get a reliable email
provider if they intend on submitting assignments via email.
- Getting behind: This is a
difficult course and requires a significant amount of work. DO NOT
GET BEHIND. New concepts build on earlier concepts and if you skip even
one week you can find yourself so far behind that you can not catch up with the
rest of the class. Students who miss class or skip assignments usually
wind up failing the course.
Perspectives on Creating Web Pages with HTML
and Dynamic HTML, 2/e
ISBN: 0-619-18719-0 © 2003
Introduction to ASP.NET
In addition, there are lecture notes available. You will need to print
them out and bring them to class.
- Required software and associated manual:
Microsoft Corporation, Discovering Microsoft FrontPage, available as
part of FrontPage 2002. You
may be able to download a copy of FrontPage 2002 through a grant to the School
Note: You can do assignments with a simple text editor, however, it will be
easier if you use some WYSIWYG Web page development tool.
Course Assignments and Requirements
Learning to decompose a problem and develop a software solution involves
doing. Students cannot just listen to a lecture and know how to develop code. To
improve students? ability to program I have numerous short assignments and
longer projects that give students practice developing and debugging business
programs. This is graded and returned as soon as possible so students know how
they are doing in my class. This section outlines in great detail and fully explains the course
assignments and requirements. I urge you to read it carefully and more
- Class Participation: To increase the effectiveness of my homework assignments and to allow students
to learn from one another I have students discuss their approach to the
project in small groups after the project has been completed. This requires
students think about the program individually to a point where they understand
how the problem can be solved but also allows students to discover alternative
ways of approaching problems that they might use in future assignments or in
industry. I feel this maximizes student understanding of the material and
provides for a more stimulating classroom environment.
- Homework: You will
complete several short homework assignments during the
course of the semester. The goal for homework is for
you to become comfortable with different programming concepts and become
familiar with how the Web/.Net development environment you are using works.
These assignments will be graded but the emphasis will be placed on effort as
opposed to perfection. It is important for students to try and hand in
every homework assignment - even if it does not work 100% correctly!
Projects are larger scale Web sites containing multiple Web pages and embedded
client-side or server-side code. They are designed to resemble real
projects that might be used in a business setting. Projects
generally require a substantial amount of effort on the part of students (15 -
40 hours per project depending on the student) so please allow enough time to
complete the project before the due date. All projects build on prior
project so skipping a project will make it difficult to complete subsequent
Projects will be evaluated based on three major criteria:
Compliance with project requirements, Quality of the source code/design and Project
performance. A grading sheet, distributed with each project?s
specifications, will specify the distribution of points for the project.
- Compliance: Projects will be evaluated to determine whether the
code meets all of the requirements set forth in the assignment. That
is - did the student write code to do all of the tasks the program needs to
- Quality: Project quality consists of several factors including:
- Project Flow: The web site & programs should be laid out logically such that
the order that the activities that are performed make sense in the context
of the problem.
- Format: For Web courses format includes the layout and
design of the visible Web page as well as the lay-out and formatting of the
hidden HTML and embedded code. Design expectations for Web pages will
be discussed in class. The embedded code should also include adequate white-space in the program to improve readability. Insert blank lines to group sections of code. Use indentation to improve readability of control flow. Avoid confusing use of opening/closing braces.
- Modularity in Design: Avoid accomplishing too many tasks in one function/on
one Web page.
- Design Quality: The design chosen should be clear and
concise. Is the solution chosen excellent, better than average,
average or worse than other ways of approaching the given problem?
- Performance: A good Web site needs to run and produce the
correct output. A design that does not run will receive a zero for
program performance. The program will be tested with a variety of
inputs. To maximize your score your program should not crash for any
expected input and it should produce the correct answer. The program
should also facilitate repeated use when used interactively and should allow easy exit. Requests for interactive input from the user should be clear. Incorrect user inputs should be captured and explained. Outputs should be
attractively-formatted using appropriate HTML tags
(e.g. in a table with headings, labeled, or formatted as currency if
Projects are typically turned in in class on a floppy disk or submitted via
email. When submitting a project, it is the students responsibility to
submit all related files necessary for the project (or else I can not test
your code!). When handing in a Web assignment - you will also be required to
post the Web site on the course Web server.
If you are not satisfied with your grade, you may request a re-evaluation.
Do not change the relevant files on your disk or online. Re-evaluation may result in a
higher or a lower score for the Project.
- Exams: There will be one
mid-term exam and one Final exam. The exam will be given in class only on the
mentioned dates. Question Formats include: fill-in-the-blank, short
essay questions, writing of algorithms,
filling key steps in incomplete algorithms, writing Java programs or functions.
The exams will be open book and open note, unless otherwise specified.
However, electronic devices of any kind (e.g. cell phones, calculators, laptop
computers, dictionaries etc.) must be turned off and properly stored during
the examination period.
Failure to attend your exam will result in a zero for the examination.
In cases of extremely extenuating circumstances (i.e. documented circumstances
clearly beyond the student's control) a make-up exam may be given.
However, the student must request the make-up exam in writing within 24 hours
of the original exam date.
If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend an exam because of
extenuating circumstances beyond your control you may request a make-up exam.
Requests for make-up exams must be made in writing at least 1 full week prior
to the class section in which the exam is scheduled to be given. If the
request for a make-up exam is approved, a make-up exam will then be scheduled.
24 hours prior to a scheduled make-up exam, it is the student's responsibility
to confirm via email that they still plan on attending the make-up exam at the
given date and time. If the student no longer needs to take a make-up
exam - the student must cancel the make-up exam via email 24 hours in advance
of the scheduled make-up exam time. Failure to attend a make-up exam
will result in a 0 for the exam.
Note: although you will not be permitted to keep any of the examinations, I
will bring the examinations to class period following the exams to allow
students to review their answers. I will also make exams available for
students to review during my office hours.
Final Grades for this class will be based on your performance in class work,
discussions & homework
problems, three individual projects, a midterm and a final exam. Weightings
will be applied as follows:
|A: Class Participation & Homework
|B: Projects (3)
|C: Midterm Exam
|D: Final Exam
Letter Grades are typically assigned as follows:
||93% - 100%
||90% - 92.999%
||87% - 89.999%
||83% - 86.999%
||good/better than average
||80% - 82.999%
||77% - 79.999%
||73% - 76.999%
||70% - 72.999%
||67% - 69.999%
||63% - 66.999%
||60% - 62.999%
|| 0% - 59.999%
Note: Grading policies of the CU Denver Business School state that the
average GPA across all students in a MS elective class should generally fall within the
following range: 3.3 to 3.6 (B+) on a 4.0 scale. Therefore, if
necessary, the ranges above will be modified so the average GPA across all
students in the class falls with in the recommended range.