CMSC122-0101,0201,0301: Introduction to Computer Programming via the Web-Fall 2016 tomr55

CMSC 122

Introduction to Computer Programming via the Web

Fall 2016

Course Syllabus


Instructor:  Tom Reinhardt

E-mail:   (make sure you write the cs)

Office:  A.V. Williams 3239

Office Hours:   Tuesday/Thursday: 9-10:30am               

Other times by appointment





Office Hours

0101 – MWF 10:00 to 10:50 AM

Dan Zadorozhnyy

Tuesday: 12:30 - 1:30pm

Thursday: 12:30 - 1:30pm

Friday: 12 - 2pm

0201 – MWF 12:00 to 12:50 PM

Meethu Malu

Wednesday: 4 - 6pm 

Thursdays: 10am - Noon

0301 – MWF 1:00 to 1:50 PM

Shuhao Tan

Tuesday: 3:30 - 5:30pm 

Thursday: 3:30 - 5:30pm

Shares Section 0101 with Dan.

Xi Yi

Tuesday: 1 - 3pm

Thursday: 1 - 3pm


Note: You can see me or any of the TAs for general help on the course.  All TAs will have their office hours in A.V. Williams 1112. In addition, all students having difficulties with this or other courses should contact the Learning Assistance Service, 2202 Shoemaker Building, 301-314-7693.  Their academic coaches can help with time management, reading, math learning skills, note-taking and exam preparation skills.  All their services are free to UM students.


Course Description:  Introduction to computer programming in the context of developing full featured dynamic web sites. Uses a problem solving approach to teach basics of program design and implementation using JavaScript; relates these skills to creation of dynamic web sites; then explores both the potential and limits of web-based information sources for use in research. This course is designed for students with various majors, having no formal programming experience, and is intended to help relate a student's major to these emerging technologies, and the enable them to think critically about this technology in a broader setting.

Restrictions: Must not have completed any courses from CMSC131-499 course range; and must not be concurrently enrolled in CMSC131. Credit only granted for: CMSC122 or CMSC198N. Formerly: CMSC198N.


 HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites, by Jon Duckett.  ISBN: 978-1-118-00818-8 (used in class)

 JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development, by Jon Duckett. ISBN: 978-1-118-53164-8 (helpful reference)

Teaching Methods:  Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and in-class programming activities.

Piazza Class Link: Use the  Piazza Class Link in order to sign-up for the Piazza on-line forum where topics of general interest for this class will be discussed. 

Topical Content:

  • History of the Web/Internet
  • Internet and Society (Cultural, Societal and Ethical considerations)
  • Web/Internet Fundamentals
  • HTML/CSS for dynamic web sites
  • Web authoring tools
  • Design (pseudocode)
  • Input/Output/Expressions in JavaScript
  • Conditional/Iteration Statements in JavaScript
  • Testing/Debugging
  • Aggregate types in JavaScript
  • Web Page Evaluation
  • Research-Quality Web Searching
  • Basics of usability and art theory in web page design


 Location & Times

All lectures, CMSC122 Sections 010x, 020x, and 030x meet in room CSIC 3117 at the times given by the UMD Course Schedule for Fall 2016. Use the table below as your guide:

Section Starting Time Location
0101 10am CSIC 3117
0201 12 Noon CSIC 3117
0301 1pm CSIC 3117

General Procedures

Below is a description of the expectations for students and some general explanations of how instruction is delivered and assessed for this course. Note, in addition to these specifics, all students should reference the following Link to students' rights as provided by the University for additional details.


 Your final grade will be computed from the following components: 





Exam 1/Exam 2


Final Exam



Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

90 ≤  A ≤ 100      80 ≤  B < 90      70 ≤  C < 80      60 ≤  D < 70      F < 60   

The upper/lower values of each range will be reserved for +/- grades.

Incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other dire circumstances. Note, documentation will be required.

Projects:   Due dates and times for projects will be posted on Canvas. All project submissions or by uploading a ZIP file to Elms. You are encouraged to start projects on time and submit early and often--only the last submission will be graded. You may submit a project up to 24 hours after the due date, but you will be penalized 20 percent; for example: if the total number of available points for the assignment is 100, then we will subtract 20 points from your total. Any submissions after this 24 hour late period will receive no credit.

Project Implementation:   Projects in this class must be completed individually and collaboration is not permitted. All assignments can be done on the machine of your choice. You are welcome to do the work on a home computer if you have one. There should not be any machine-specific dependencies in your code. However, if we are not able to run your program because there is a difference between your and our computer environments, you must work with us to get your program to work in our environment.

Midterm Exams: Two midterm exams will be given during regular lecture times on the dates posted below. Students must take their midterm exam in their registered Section.

Midterm 1 Monday 10 October; given in scheduled lecture time
Midterm 2 Monday 14 November; given in scheduled lecture time

Paper:  The paper will be due at 4pm on the due date: Monday 28 November.  It will not be accepted after the due date unless there are extraordinary circumstances accompanied by documentation.

Final Exam: The date and time for all three sections is Wednesday 14 December 2016, from 4-6PM; location TYD 130.

Excused Absences:

Any student who needs to be excused for an absence from a single class session, due to a medically necessitated absence shall:

  • Make a reasonable attempt to inform the instructor of his/her illness prior to the class. If you are going to miss an in-class assignment then we expect to hear from you (either email or a telephone message) before the class session begins.
  • Upon returning to the class, present their instructor with a self-signed note attesting to the date of their illness. The note must contain an acknowledgment by the student that the information provided is true and correct. Providing false information to University officials is prohibited under Part 9(h) of the Code of Student Conduct (V-1.00(B) University of Maryland Code of Student Conduct) and will result in disciplinary action.
  • This self-documentation may not be used for the Major Scheduled Grading Events as defined below and it may only be used for 1 class meeting during the course.

Any student who needs to be excused for more than one absence, or for a "Major Scheduled Grading Event", must provide written documentation of the illness from the Health Center or from an outside health care provider. This documentation must verify dates of treatment and indicate the timeframe that the student was unable to meet academic responsibilities. The documentation should be given to the instructor, not the TA. We will not accept a "self-signed" note for "major scheduled grading events", as defined below, nor for multiple absences. The note must be signed by a health care professional.

The Major Scheduled Grading Events for this course include:

  • Exam #1
  • Exam #2
  • Final Exam
  • Programming Projects
  • Research Paper

Grading: If you need clarification on the grading of a project/paper, please first see your TA (find the TA for your section in the table above).  If your question/concerns are still not addressed, please come and see me.  Questions about grading must be brought to our attention no later than 1 week after the grade has been posted.  Questions about grading of an exam must be brought to our attention on the day the exam is returned.

Attendance:  Class attendance is required. If you miss a class, you are responsible for the material that was covered on that day.  Please don’t assume that everything covered in class will be posted on Canvas.  You must attend the section that you are registered in and your exam will not be graded if you show up to any of the other two sections on exam days.

Academic Honesty: All assignments/exams must be done individually. Please visit the webpage of the Student Honor Council for a detailed explanation of what constitutes academic dishonesty. Note that it includes not only cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism, but also includes helping other students commit acts of academic dishonesty by allowing them to obtain copies of your work. You are allowed to use the Web for reference purposes, but you may not copy code from any website or any other source. In short, all submitted work must be your own. 

Cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with harshly. Each such case will be referred to the University's Office of Judicial Programs.  If the student is found to be responsible of academic dishonesty, the typical sanction results in a special grade "XF", indicating that the course was failed due to academic dishonesty. More serious instances can result in expulsion from the university. If you have any doubt as to whether an act of yours might constitute academic dishonesty, please contact your instructor.

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Disability Support Services: Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) within the first two weeks of the semester. If special accommodations are to be given for any exam, then the student is also required to schedule the exam and provide to the instructor (before/after class) the form that specifies the scheduled time and date of the requested accommodation. This form must be provided at least four days before the exam. Please note that the time/date of the scheduled exam must overlap with the time/date of the regular in-class exam. You may not schedule the exam at an alternate time or date.


Changes to this document

Unforeseeable events sometimes require changes to the items provided in this document. Any changes to this document will be announced on Elms and in regular lecture. 

Course Summary:

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