CMSC389N (Fall 2018) - Introduction to PHP & Javascript


This course provides an introduction to the development of Web-based applications using PHP, JavaScript, MySQL/MariaDB, and Apache. The course covers fundamental programming language constructs of both PHP and JavaScript, forms, sessions, interation with MySQL/MariaDB via PHP, DOM, and JavaScript event-handling. In addition, popular JavaScript libraries (e.g., JQuery) will be overviewed.


Prerequisite → C- or better in CMSC 216 and CMSC 250
Credits → 3

Name Role Office Number
Richard B. Johnson Course Instructor AVW 4140
Dr. Michael Hicks Course Supervisor AVW 3417


Regarding Credits

Credit granted for only 389J and 389P OR 389N.

Course Topics (Subject to Change)
40%Projects / Exercises
30%Midterms (2), (15% each)
30%Final Exam

Once we have graded any class material (e.g., exams, projects, etc.) we will make an announcement at the beginning of the next class. In the event a regrade is necessary due to grading error, please contact the instructor as soon as possible either via Slack or by email.

Regarding Posting of Project Implementations
TA Room/Office Hours

Office hours get extremely busy the day before a project deadline. Therefore do not wait to start your projects. Regarding office hours and the TA Room:


You need to keep backups of your projects as you develop them. No extensions will be granted because you accidentally erased your project. Feel free to use the submit server as a backup tool by submitting often. You can also use tools like git, etc. Do not post code in any online system that is accessible to others (e.g., GitHub).


We will be using (Slack) for class communication.

Excused Absence and Academic Accommodations

See the section titled "Attendance, Absences, or Missed Assignments" available at Course Related Policies.

Disability Support Accommodations

See the section titled "Accessibility" available at Course Related Policies .

Academic Integrity

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

The CS Department takes academic integrity seriously. Information on how the CS Department views and handle academic integrity matters can be found at Academic Integrity.

The following are examples of academic integrity violations:

Additional information can be found in the sections titled "Academic Integrity" and "Code of Student Conduct" available at Course Related Policies.


All course materials are copyright UMCP, Department of Computer Science © 2018. All rights reserved. Students are permitted to use course materials for their own personal use only. Course materials may not be distributed publicly or provided to others (excepting other students in the course), in any way or format.

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