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CSIS 105A: Application Development Fundamentals

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Text: Software Development Fundamentals
ISBN #: 9781118026878 ©2012
Author: MOAC
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Book Site:  http://www.vitalsource.com

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Course Description

This course introduces students to software application development concepts and principles by examining real world scenarios from a holistic perspective in a hands-on learning environment. Students will learn about the application development life cycle, the fundamentals of computer programming, the .NET framework, how to develop front-end applications, the differences between Web, mobile, and desktop applications. Plus, students will receive an introduction to cloud services like Web servers and relational database management systems.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate method for handling repetition.
  • Set up data-binding on server-side controls.
  • Create a method for writing to an XML data file.
  • Modify an application to use authentication and authorization.
  • Validate that an application has been successfully published for public consumption.
  • Deduce application errors using debugging.
  • Solve application exception errors using try, catch, and finally.
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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Given an application specification which requires a repetitive process to occur, student must implement the correct method for handling repetition into their application.
  • Given a DataSet and an application specification which specifies which data fields should be bound to which server controls, student will bind the correct controls to the specified data using Data-Binding.
  • Given and pre-configured XML file and an application specification which requires that form data be written to an XML file, student will create a method for successfully writing to the specified XML data file.
  • Given an application specification which requires the implementation of authentication and authorization, student will configure an application to use authentication and authorization according to specification.
  • Given a Web application and a Web server's FTP address, student will be able to successfully connect to and publish the Web application to the specified Web server.
  • Given a Web/Mobile application which will not compile successfully, student will debug the Web/Mobile application in order to successfully locate and fix the error(s) which are preventing it from compiling successfully.
  • Given an application specification which requires handling network requests which may or may not be reliable, student will successfully handle potential application exception errors using try, catch, and finally.
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Course Schedule: Reading, Assignments, and Exams to complete

Week Reading Assignment Due Date
1 Introduction: Explaining the Internet Authoring and Programming Tracks   Jan. 17
1 Getting Started: Intalling and Using Visual Studio   Jan. 19
2 Lesson 1-1: Understanding Computer Programming   Jan. 24
2 Lesson 1-2: Understanding Decision Structures   Jan. 26
3 Lesson 1-3: Understanding Repetition Structures   Jan. 31
3 Lesson 1-4: Understanding Exception Handling   Feb. 2
4 Lesson 1 Assignment: Skill Summary Submit your Lesson 1 Assignment for scoring Feb. 7
4 Lesson 2-1: Understanding Objects   Feb. 9
5 Lesson 2-2: Understanding Values, References and Encapsulation   Feb. 14
5 Lesson 2-3: Understanding Inheritance   Feb. 16
6 Lesson 2-4: Understanding Polymorphism and Interfaces   Feb. 21
6 Lesson 2 Assignment: Skill Summary Submit your Lesson 2 Assignment for scoring Feb. 23
7 Lesson 3-1: Understanding Application Lifecycle Management   Feb. 28
7 Lesson 3-2: Understanding Testing   Mar. 2
8 Lesson 3-3: Understanding Data Structures   Mar. 7
8 Lesson 3-4: Understanding Sorting Algorithms   Mar. 9
9 Lesson 3 Assignment: Skill Summary Submit your Lesson 3 Assignment for scoring Mar. 14
9 Midterm Exam (link available on the Assessments page @ my.msjc.edu) Mar. 16
10 Lesson 4-1: Understanding Web Page Development   Mar. 28
10 Lesson 4-2: Understanding ASP.NET Application Development   Mar. 30
11 Lesson 4-3: Understanding IIS Web Hosting   Apr. 4
11 Lesson 4-4: Understanding Web Services Development   Apr. 6
12 Lesson 4 Assignment: Skill Summary Submit your Lesson 4 Assignment for scoring Apr. 11
12 Lesson 5-1: Understanding Windows Forms Applications part 1   Apr. 13
13 Lesson 5-2: Understanding Windows Forms Applications part 2   Apr. 18
13 Lesson 5-3: Understanding Console-based Applications   Apr. 20
14 Lesson 5-4: Understanding Windows Services   Apr. 25
14 Lesson 5 Assignment: Skill Summary Submit your Lesson 5 Assignment for scoring Apr. 27
15 Lesson 6: Understanding Relational Database Concepts part 1   May 2
15 Lesson 6: Understanding Relational Database Concepts part 2   May 4
16 Lesson 6: Understanding Database Query Methods   May 9
16 Lesson 6: Understanding Database Connection Methods   May 11
17 Lesson 6: Skills Summary Submit your Lesson 6 Assignment for scoring May 16
17 Prep for Final Exam - Last Chance to turn in assignments!   May 18
18 Final Exam (link available on the Assessments page @ my.msjc.edu) May 23
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Instructor's Notes to Students:

As you can see by the assignments listed above, you have one assignment that you must complete for each lesson we cover in your textbook. There is also a Quiz you will need to complete for each Lesson.

You can download the Data Files needed for your lessons by going to the Resources link. Once you are on the Resources page, follow the instructions for downloading the Data Files.

To submit your End of Chapter assignments for grading, you will need to "publish" your file(s) to the CIS Web server using your IDE of choice and then email me a hyperlink to the home page for the assignment..

If you run into problems while working on an assignment, then email me your URL and I will give you hints or tips to lead you to a successful completion of the assignment. Since ASP.NET coding occurs on the server-side, when needed, I will request you zip your assignment folder and email it to me as an attachment.

All assignments in their final form, must be submitted by their due date. Assignments submitted within one week after their due date will be marked down 10%, submissions after one week of their due date will be marked down 20%.

Assignments which are received on-time and have no errors will receive 100 points. If there are errors and the assignment was submitted on-time you will be given a score based on the site with errors and then given a chance to increase your score by correcting the errors and re-submitting the assignment URL to your instructor.

Students who fail to submit three or more consecutive assignments may be dropped from this course by your instructor.

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Course Grading

6 Assignments.............................100 pts. ea. Midterm & Final Exam................................300 pts. ea.
Total possible points: 1200  
A > 89%, B > 79%, C > 69%, D > 59%, F < 60%
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Getting Help

I am here to support you to the best of my ability in order to help ensure your success in this class. The best way for us to communicate is via email using the following address:

BBennett@msjc.edu -- be sure that “CSIS 105A” is the Subject of your email so that it won't get lost amongst my spam mail. Also, please include the section number of your class so that I can locate your student information quicker. The Email Subject line format is explained in the CIS Email Policy.

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Late Assignments

No Extensions

All assignments must be completed by 11:59 P.M. on the due date listed for the assignment under the Due Date column in the Course Schedule section of the Syllabus. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED without extenuating circumstances. “I had to work,” “I was sick,” or “I didn’t understand the instructions” are NOT extenuating circumstances. Hospitalization or death of an immediate family member are, but will require supporting evidence. This does not exempt you from completing any assignment which MUST be submitted by the last day of the class.

Note: Due Dates for all Assignments, Exams and/or Quizzes are listed in the Syllabus for this class.

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Student Drop Policy

Any student who fails to complete three or more assignments, exams or quizzes may be dropped from the course by the instructor.

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Instructor's Regular Effective Contact Policy

For quickest response to questions or problems regarding this course, students should always send me an email using the format specified in the CIS EMAIL POLICY to the email address listed in the instructor box at the top of the Syllabus.

When emailing me during my stated online office hours, which can be found by clicking on the “Hours” link within the Instructor's box of this course, I will usually respond within the same day - depending on my student case load for that particular day. Students are always responded to on a first come first served basis.

When emailing me outside of my posted office hours, when posting to a discussion thread, or when submitting an assignment, students can expect that they will receive an appropriate response, when required, within 48 hours of the post or submission (Monday thru Thursday at 5:00 P.M.). Emails received after Thursday at 5:00 P.M. will be responded to on the following Monday.

To schedule a face-to-face meeting during the posted face-to-face office hours or to request synchronous contact via: virtual office, by telephone, or IM (Instant Messaging); please email your request so that we can schedule a mutually convenient meeting time.

From time to time, as it is deemed necessary, contact will be initiated with you, individually or jointly, via: email, Canvas Announcements, or Discussion Board posts to help keep you informed and up-to-date regarding your progress or status in this course. Be sure that you read all Announcements I post on Canvas and check your MSJC email on a daily basis. Please click "Reply" when responding to an email I send you so that my email message is included in your email response. That way I can easily keep track of what our discussion thread pertains to.

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Plagiarism, Cheating, and Stealing Policies (Academic Integrity)

  • Any student who plagiarizes the work of any other person will be given a zero on any and all assignments where plagiarism has been utilized.
  • Any student caught cheating on a quiz or final exam will receive a zero for quiz or final exam.
  • Any student caught removing items from the classroom including but not limited to: lab materials and tools, without authorization, will be dropped from the course and given an automatic "F".

For more details on plagiarism and cheating, please review the MSJC Student Conduct Web Resources page.

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Learning Environment

All students are entitled to an environment that encourages learning. If a student behaves in a manner that negatively affects other class members, he or she is guilty of disruptive behavior. Such behavior will be addressed in a manner consistent with school policy. Cell phones and other personal electronic devices MUST be turned off in class. Also, no food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Tape recording in class is prohibited unless specific permission is granted by instructor.

As a courtesy, please do not talk while the instructor is talking to the class or when a student is asking a question which pertains to the class. Please do not use classroom computers for personal use or other classwork—computers are to be used to follow in-class lectures, take tests, or as otherwise directed by your instructor. Refrain from “surfing” the Web, reading e-mail, or playing computer games during class. You are encouraged to work with other students to solve problems outside of class; however, you must complete your own work.

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Need Tutoring?

Check out the MSJC Learning Resource Centers! Academic Support is available for all students through the services provided in the Learning Resource Centers on each campus. Inquire at each center regarding hours of operations and specific subjects for which tutors are available. In addition, some subject area specialist tutors are available for courses through specific departments. Ask your instructor if specialized tutors are available for your individual course.

Tutoring for some Business & CIS classes including Microsoft Office applications tutoring will be available in the Business/CIS computer lab in Room 956. Lab/tutor schedules can be found at http://www.msjc.edu/BUSCIS-SupportMVC. Tutors change each semester, please check with the Business/CIS computer lab to learn what subjects have available tutors for the current semester.

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Disability Statement

Mt. San Jacinto College abides by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations should meet with a  Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) counselor as soon as possible.

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