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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MMC5147
Tracking Number - 2953

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-01-01
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): N/A
Comments: USF-SP approved 4/29/13. To USF Sys 5/23/13. To SCNS 5/31/13. MMC 5142 appd as MMC 5147 eff 1/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-10-08
  2. Department: Journalism and Media Studies
  3. College: AP
  4. Budget Account Number: STP 10000 511247 000000 0000000
  5. Contact Person: Deni Elliott
  6. Phone: 7278734881
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MMC
  9. Number: 5147
  10. Full Title: Web Publishing 2
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Web Publishing 2
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: MMC 5140
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Web Publishing 2 is an advanced course in creating dynamic news and information websites and pursuing data-driven journalism. Students will learn about essential database technologies, SQL (structured query language), and server-side scripting and APIs.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Understanding how to plan, design, implement and manage dynamic websites is an increasingly important skill set for the digital journalist, but our curriculum does not currently address these abilities. We propose to build on the foundation laid in Web Publishing with a sequel, Web Publishing II, designed for students with an interest in creating or maintaining effective news/information websites.

    A similar course exists as a requirement for students completing the completely online Digital Journalism and Design M.A. Degree. This course is intended for students in the traditional M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies. Students will produce work through multiple media and platforms. The DJD course teaches only web-based skills.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Instructor qualifications include experience with server-side and client-side Web technologies, especially in the context of a large-scale, publication-oriented website. An understanding of how specific technologies enable certain kinds of digital communications is essential. Programming experience is preferable.
  29. Objectives: This course addresses the following ACEJMC competencies:

    * Think critically, creatively and independently

    * Apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

    * Design basic database tables, including join tables

    * Interact with databases by writing and editing basic SQL statements

    * Write simple PHP scripts and update PHP code within WordPress

    * Install and customize and installation of WordPress

    * Modify WordPress themes and template files

    * Connect to open, third-party APIs

    * Plan and design server-based interactivity

    * Plan and design dynamic, late-scale Web content

    * Explain major considers when developing for mobile platforms

  31. Major Topics: * Database essentials, SQL

    * Dynamic site “thinking”

    * Server-side scripting, programming essentials

    * Using APIs

    * Advanced HTML and CSS

    * JavaScript

    * Enhancing interfaces with jQuery

    * Design dynamic sites

    * Using content management systems

    * Installing and configuring WordPress

    * Modifying WordPress themes

    * Design interactive Web-based experiences

    * Developing for mobile

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: N/A
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: * 20% 10 assignments

    * 30% Final projects

    * 10% Peer Critiques

    * 10% Site planning documents

    * 20% Attendance

    * 10% Site analysis papers

    Scoring Chart

    * A+ 970 - 1000 points

    * A 940 - 969 points

    * 910 - 939 points

    * B+ 880 - 909 points

    * B 850 - 879 points

    * 820 - 849 points

    * C+ 790 - 819 points

    * C 760 - 789 points

    * 730 - 759 points

    * D+ 700 - 729 points

    * D 670 - 699 points

    * 640 - 669 points

    * F 639 points or less

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: * Part 1: Thinking about Dynamic Websites

    * Part 2: Advanced HTML, CSS and JavaScript

    * Part 3: Introduction to PHP

    * Part 4: Introduction to SQL and MySQL

    * Part 5: Advanced WordPress

    * Part 6: Working with APIs

    * Part 7: Mobile Considerations

    * Part 8: Bringing It All Together

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make-up work will be allowed only in cases where official documentation of inability to complete work on time is available (from a doctor, lawyer, etc.). Students who are allowed make-up work are still held accountable for adhering to the USF Policy on Academic Integrity (
  38. Program This Course Supports: Journalism and Media Studies
  39. Course Concurrence Information: N/A

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