Course Syllabus

CMSC 122

Introduction to Computer Programming via the Web

Spring 2017

Course Syllabus


Instructors:  Pedram Sadeghian, Ph.D.

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

Office:  A.V. Williams 3251

Office Hours:   MWF 11 AM – 12 PM                

Other times by appointment




Office Hours

Jack Dai TTH 1:00-2:00 & F 3:00-4:00 
Seunghun (Jake) Kim MWF 4:00-5:00 
Rahmatri (Diko) Mardiko None
Meena Sengottuvelu TH 11:00 to 12:00  & TTH 2:00-3:00 
Boxuan (Jeremy)  Zhu MW 10:00-11:00  & TH 4:00-5:00

Note on Office Hours: You can see the instructor or any of the TAs for general help on the course.  All TAs will have their office hours in A.V. Williams 1112.  Please don't wait until the day the project is due to go to office hours.  If there are multiple students waiting to get help, we can only spend 5 minutes per student.  We are happy to answer questions, but it is your responsibility to debug your code. 

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. Intended to help relate a student's major to these emerging technologies.  

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.


Beginning HTML and CSS, by Rob Larsen.  ISBN: 978-1-118-34018-9 (Required)

Beginning JavaScript,  5th Edition, by Jeremy McPeak and Paul Wilton.  ISBN: 978-1-118-90333-9  (Required)

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

Topical Content:

  • History of the Web/Internet
  • Internet and Society
  • 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
  • Basics of e-commerce and tool integration in the web


 Your final grade will be computed from the following components: 







Exam 1


Exam 2


Final Exam



Letter grades will be assigned as follow:

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.

Projects:   Due dates and times for projects will be posted on ELMS. You may submit a project up to 24 hours after the due date, but you will be penalized 20 points (we will subtract 20 points from your total).  Please note, if ELMS marks your project late, you will be deducted 20 points (it does not matter if it is 2 seconds late or 23 and half hours late, it is still -20 in either case). Please don't wait till the last minute to turn in your project and this will not be a problem.  After the late period is over, it is a 0 (please turn in whatever you have to get partial credit before the late period is over).

Project Implementation:   Projects in this class must be completed individually and collaboration is not permitted. 

Paper:  The paper will be due before 5PM on the due date.  It will not be accepted after the due date unless there are very extraordinary circumstances.

Final Exam: The date and time for all three sections is Saturday May 13th from 4 to 6 PM (Bldg and Room TBA).

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 10(j) 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
  • Paper
  • Quizzes

It is also the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of any intended absences  for religious observances in advance. Notice should be provided as soon as possible, but no later than one week prior to the quizzes, exams, or the final exam.

Grading Concern:  Once we have graded any class material (e.g., exams, projects, etc.) we will post a deadline by which you must submit any regrade request if you think there is a grading error. It is your responsibility to submit regrade requests by the specified deadline; no regrade requests will be processed afterwards.

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 ELMS.  You must attend the section that you are registered in and your exam/quiz will not be graded if you show up to any of the other two sections.

Academic Honesty: All assignments must be done individually.  Note that academic dishonesty 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. In short, all submitted work must be your own. Cases of academic dishonesty will be pursued to the fullest extent possible as stipulated by the Office of Student Conduct.

It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit

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. The student must schedule the exam 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.


  • If possible, please bring a laptop to lectures. 
  • At the end of the course, visit to complete your course evaluations.
  • Please read course related policies at the University.
  • Course materials should not be distributed to students not registered in the class in any way or format. 

Where can I get help on the course?

INSTRUCTOR: P. Sadeghian, Ph.D  

LOCATION: A.V. Williams 3251

TAs:  Jack Dai, Seunghun (Jake) Kim, Rahmatri (Diko) Mardiko, Meena Sengottuvelu, and Boxuan (Jeremy)  Zhu  

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Tentative Class Schedule (Due Dates/ Exam days MAY CHANGE)




Important Dates

Week 1 - 1/23




Week 2 - 1/30


Week 3 - 2/6


Quiz 1 - Friday 2/10 

Week 4 - 2/13



Project 1 due on Thursday 2/16 at 11:59PM 

Week 5 - 2/20

Quiz 2- Friday 2/24 

Week 6 -  2/27




Project 2 due on Thursday 3/2 at 11:59PM

Week 7 - 3/6

Exam 1 - Monday 3/6


Week 8 - 3/13

Quiz 3 - Friday 3/13 (via ELMS, due before 8PM)

Paper Due -  Friday 3/17 (Due before 5PM)

Week 9 - 3/20



Week 10 - 3/27







 Quiz 4 - Friday 3/31

Week 11 - 4/3

Project 3 due on Thursday 4/6 at 11:59PM 

Week 12 - 4/10

  Quiz 5 - Friday 4/14

Week 13 - 4/17

Project 4 due on Thursday 4/20 at 11:59PM 

Week 14 - 4/24

Exam 2 on Wednesday 4/26

Week 15 - 5/1

Project 5 due on Thursday 5/4 at 11:59PM

Week 16 -  5/8

Special Topics/Review for Final Exam 

Final Exam - Saturday May 13th from 4 to 6 PM for all sections


Note:  If you turn in your project at 11:59PM it will be marked late.  You need to turn it in before that time. Don't wait till the last possible second.



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