MIS 324 - Intermediate Web Development Mgmt.
J. Christopher Sandvig
Parks Hall 313
MW 2:30pm - 4:30pm and by appointment
MIS 324 focuses on server-side web development using Microsoft's ASP.NET development
framework. ASP.NET is fully object oriented and offers significant advantages over
older web technologies such as "Classic ASP" and PHP in the areas of scalability,
reliability, and features. It also offers excellent support for working with XML
The .NET framework currently provides native support for three programming languages:
VB.NET, C# and J#. The primary programming language used in this course will be
C# (pronounced C-sharp) but some on-line and class examples may use VB.NET.
The .NET class library is a central feature of the .NET framework.
In this course we will utilize several dozen of its over 5,000 classes. Specific
classes within the class library provide interface support for web development,
Windows application development, Windows services and web services.
You will also learn to use Microsoft's Visual Studio (VS). This is an integrated
development environment (IDE) that significantly increases programmer productivity
by providing features such as drag-and-drop, automated code completion (which
Microsoft calls IntelliSense), underlining of syntax errors,
a built-in web server, debugging tools, and other useful programming features. Visual Studio
is available in the Parks 210 and 047 computer labs. On your personal computer you may prefer to install
the smaller Visual Web Developer Express Edition with SQL Server Express (1.3 GB vs.
3 GB for VS) This is a free light-weight version of VS that includes the only the
tools needed for web development.
You will practice your ASP.NET skills by building an on-line music store (XML Music) that uses Amazon web services to display product
information. By the end of the course you will have a strong foundation in server-side
programming, object oriented languages, C#, program architecture, debugging, and
Be prepared to spend several hours per week on assignments and the project. The
NET framework is a large and complex product designed to solve enterprise scale
solutions. Previous programming experience with PHP, VB.NET, C# or other programming
language is very helpful for learning ASP.NET.
MIS 324 is the fourth required course in WWU's Internet Studies Center certificate curriculum.
Required: Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C#
by Matthew MacDonald, ISBN: 1430242515.
Required: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, 4th Edition by
Ben Forta, ISBN 0672336073.
Both of the required books are available at the Viking Union bookstore.
WWU's library subscribes to Safari Books Online which includes full-text of several
programming books. Books that may be useful on-line references include Beginning CSS Web Development: from Novice to Professional.
This course requires that you be proficient at programming using a language such
as PHP, VB.NET, C# or C++ and are comfortable working with SQL and databases. All
students should have taken the required prerequisites: MIS 314 or MIS 322. Students
with appropriate programming experience may waive the prerequisites with instructor
Course Web Site
Current information about the course schedule and assignments, as well as answers
to questions, will be posted on the course website: mis324.csandvig.com (also
You will be provided with an account on the Yorktown server for publishing your
assignments and project. Your access to the server will be via network drive mapping
The code for your assignments and project must be located on Yorktown for grading.
You will probably want to use Visual Studio of Visual Web Developer to write and
debug your code them upload it to Yorktown using network drive mapping.
Your accounts are accessible to Professor Sandvig and the course teaching assistant
for the purposes of grading and trouble shooting. Do not put any private information
into your accounts. You may use your accounts for non-class purposes as long as
your usage complies with the University's Policy for Responsible Computing. Abuse of your server privileges
or cheating will result in the removal of your account from the server.
Your Yorktown accounts will typically remain active until graduation but this is
not guaranteed. Please keep backups of your files.
Course Grading and Policies
Grading: Course grades will based on the following criteria:
Assignments: Homework will be assigned each week and is due 15 minutes before
class on the assignment due date unless specified otherwise in the class
schedule. Mail two copies of the email containing the URLs for your assignments:
one to Professor Sandvig and the TA at
and cc one to yourself (so that
you have a time-stamped copy of your submission). The subject line of your email
should read "MIS324 AX YourName", where X is the assignment number.
Do not change assignment files after you have submitted them for grading. Doing
so will result in an F for the entire assignment. Professor Sandvig will send an
email each week when the grading is finished and you can make changes to your files
after you receive the email. If you want to continue to work on the problems after
the due date you can make copies of the files and work on the copies, but they will
not be graded.
Late Assignments: Late work and submissions with incorrect URLs will be penalized
one letter grade per 24-hours, starting at the time due (one minute is late). You
can expect to have technical problems with your computer, ATT broadband, etc. and
should plan accordingly.
Extensions: Should you be ill for an extended period or have other circumstances
that may justify an due date extension, you may request an extension by sending
an email to Professor Sandvig. Please explain your circumstances and specify how
much extra time you need.
Exams: A midterm and a final will be given during the quarter. The final
exam is cumulative.
Final Project: The final project will be to add enhancements to your on-line
E-mail: I usually reply to emails within a few hours on weekdays. I do not
reply to email messages that are poorly written, unclear or rude (if it is not worth
your time to send a thoughtful message it is not worth my time to reply to it).
I strongly suggest that you include a salutation (Dear Dr. Sandvig or Dear Professor
Sandvig) so that it is apparent that the message is intended specifically for me
and does not get deleted as junk mail.
Plagiarism: You are encouraged to work with other students in the
class, but all work that you turn in for grading must be your own. Taking
credit for another students work is plagiarism and is a violation of WWU academic
policy. An unfortunate plague of cheating occurred in the Spring of 2002 that resulted
in six students failing the course and being reported for academic dishonesty. Don't
let this happen to you! Remember, all work that you turn in for grading must be
your original work. Professor Sandvig has copies of every assignment ever turned
in for this course and cheating is easy to detect.
If you have any questions regarding cheating, plagiarism or WWU's Academic Policies
see the Office of Student Life's Academic Dishonesty web page, Appendix D of
the University Bulletin or talk with Professor Sandvig.
Microsoft DreamSpark Software
Students enrolled in MIS courses may download
free copies of Microsoft's developer software.
The complete developer software list available is quite extensive and includes
Windows OS, Office, Visual Studio, Expression
Studio and SQL Server. None of these products are required for MIS 314.
You will receive an email via your WWU email from eAcadamy during the first week or two of the quarter
containing instructions on how to download the software.
Some of these tools are very large. Before downloading the software
it would wise to compare your computer's free disk space to the recommend system
requirements for the software (Amazon.com lists the system requirements for the
You must be currently enrolled in a MIS course to be eligible for the free software.
You will not be eligible after the quarter ends unless you are enrolled in another
MIS course. This offer is available through Microsoft's DreamSpark program.
Assessment of Student Performance
The following table summarizes how student performance is assessed relative to the
course objectives. The learning outcomes in the left-hand column are assessed by
the assessment method marked with an "X" in the right-hand columns.
|Server-side Programming (ASP.NET)
|.NET Framework & Class Library
|Object oriented programming